VMA Rehearsals: Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, Travie McCoy

Nicki Minaj

The pink stage is set for Nicki Minaj’s VMA debut. The hip-hop hottie, wearing skintight pants and a cowboy hat, rehearsed in downtown Los Angeles for her first-ever televised solo performance at tonight’s pre-show. In addition to delivering a remix of her No. 1 rap song “Your Love,” she will be joined by will.i.am for their single “Check It Out.”

“She’s dope, she’s really nice,” the Black Eyed Peas leader told Rap-Up TV of his collaborator. “She loves music, she loves to express herself, and she’s a sick-ass lyricist.”

Hayley Williams and B.o.B

Even after topping the charts, B.o.B and Paramore’s Hayley Williams had never met—that is until now. The duo will finally perform their collaboration “Airplanes” for the very first time together at tonight’s festivities.

B.o.B and Bruno Mars

B.o.B will accompany Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams for a three-song medley that includes “Nothin’ on You,” “Airplanes,” and Paramore’s “The Only Exception.”

Justin Bieber

Expect Justin Bieber to roll up in a red 1957 Chevy Bel Air when the teen phenom performs “Baby” for his fans outside at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live.

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo told Rap-Up.com to expect a darker version of “Ridin’ Solo” from him and house artist deadmau5.

Travie McCoy

Travie McCoy will flip his hit “Billionaire” for the VMAs. “Me and deadmau5 got together, went in on ‘Billionaire,’” the Gym Class Heroes frontman told MTV News. “He definitely took it, and it just turned into these crazy noises I never heard before.”

Photos by John Shearer/WireImage

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  1. A Realist

    Lol anyone else think B.o.B looks like Dave Chapelle?


  2. A Realist

    Why do people keep saying this is Nicki’s first solo televised performance? She performed solo on TV at BET’s Spring Bling.


  3. Mia

    Yawn at #KinkoMinaj ( she looks like the man she really is in this pic)

    Just curious does anyone over 18 still watch the VMA’s


  4. Lild9

    Well its nickis first internationally televised performance! Never seen her perform live! Better be good! Hopefully its make her more popular here in Australia!


  5. freddyv

    yea, i think nicki would do better if she picked better song choice but i never doubt her shes a beasttt


  6. Steve

    Well @freddyv she’s not perform the average SLOW version of Your Love she has a sped up Mash up of Your Love she will be performing as well as Check it Out with Will.I.Am soo I’m stokedd !


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  8. hills high

    im excited for the b.o.b haley bruno performance… and no “A realist” he does NOT look like dave chappelle…LMAO


  9. Nait Phoenix



  10. Mr Xclusive

    its so cute when someone hates on Nicki…jealous fat ass bitches keep hatin while ur sittin in ur shitty apartment with no life


  11. Nicole

    Can’t wait to see B.o.B,Haley,and Bruno perform. going to dope to see them all together. Travie McCoy i love Billionaire, We Alright, and Dr Feel good. he should perform all of them since Bruno is there and if Cee-Lo can sing his parts.


  12. Phoenix_Wright

    Paramore!!!! yes! this show is going to be hot!


  13. king

    rihanna will be there


  14. elchica

    the guy on stage with Nicki to the left w/ the tank top looks like T.I. with hair. Everything else is just ugh…a bunch of chart-toppers thats great but where are the performers besides Usher & Pink?…Those that get one the stage and do a amazing show? I’ll take a Jlo, Ciara, Janet, Beyonce, Gaga, Chris Brown someone…please all award shows get people that are entertaining to watch perform live…i don’t care if they are lip synching like Britney as long as the put on a good show.


  15. P

    Why didn’t you include Robyn


  16. taiwo awwal

    ireally need 2 watch dis


  17. send me to mars

    i love bruno mars so much, almost obsessed but in a safe non stawker type of way. in any event, bruno should have really been featured much more than he was during the vma’s i mean really, he’s super multi talented, there isn’t anything you can throw at this man music wise that he can’t handle. not to mention he is dreamie to look at and can dance his a– off. he’s the best talent that i’ve seen and heard in years, truly organic. vh1 don’t make the same mistake twice. please feature bruno on story tellers, behind the music or something. true music lovers are starved for his talent, please feed us!!


  18. arlene

    i loooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeee!!! alot bruno mars!!!!!!!!


  19. arlene

    i want to have sex with himmmmmmm!!!


  20. arlene

    im a pink friday


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