Rihanna to Open the '2012 MTV Video Music Awards'; Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj to Perform
via press release:
THE “2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” SUPERSTAR LINE-UP GETS BIGGER
RIHANNA TO OPEN VMA WITH “COCKINESS (LOVE IT) FEATURING A$AP ROCKY”
LIL WAYNE RETURNS TO VMA STAGE TO PERFORM NEW SINGLE “NO WORRIES”
2 CHAINZ MAKES HIS VMA PERFORMANCE DEBUT
NICKI MINAJ TO APPEAR AS SPECIAL GUEST WITH A PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED VMA ARTIST
Demi Lovato, Rita Ora, Rebel Wilson and Worldwide Korean Hip-Hop Viral Sensation, Psy, to Appear
Tweet It: 2012 @MTV #VMA heats up as @Rihanna @asvpxrockyto open show! Additional performances by @LilTunechi @NICKIMINAJ and @2chainz!
Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2012) – With the show just a few days away, MTV announced new additions to the performance line-up for the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards,” including Rihanna kicking off the VMAs with A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj will perform as a surprise guest with a previously announced VMA artist, 2 Chainz taking the VMA stage for the first time ever, and Lil Wayne with the worldwide premiere performance of his brand new single. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the “2012 MTV VMAs will premiere LIVE from the STAPLES center on Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Rihanna will officially kick-off the 2012 VMAs with a super sexy performance of Cockiness (Love It) featuringA$AP Rocky.” Starting today, fans can listen to the track on her Artists.MTV page here as well as on her official website in advance of this Thursday’s show. Following her VMA performance on Thursday night, fans will be able to immediately purchase this brand new remix exclusively on iTunes. Additionally, Rihanna will also perform her #1 global hit, “We Found Love.”
Young Money Millionaire, Lil Wayne, marks his return to the VMAs with the first televised performance of his new single, “No Worries,” from his highly anticipated new mixtape, D4. Additionally, hip-hop rising star, 2 Chainz, will make his VMA debut with a song from his hit album, Based On a T.R.U. Story.
Additionally,hip-hop royalty, Nicki Minaj will join forces on-stage for a special performance with a previously announced VMA artist. These new additions to the amazing lineup of multi-talented and diverse superstars join previously announced VMA performers Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Green Day, P!nk, Alicia Keys and One Direction as well as confirmed presenters The Wanted, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, 2 Chainz, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and the “Fierce Five” – the 2012 Gold Medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards.” Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.
Official Sponsors of the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5 Gum™, adidas Originals, Bing, COVERGIRL, Kia Motors America, Orbit Gum™, Pepsi®, Samsung Galaxy S® III, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, Trojan® Charged™ Condoms and Verizon Wireless.
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