Mya Talks About Unleashing O.D.B. On VMAs

Perhaps as the cherry on the sundae that comes with crafting the radio hit of the summer, the team behind the track "Ghetto Superstar" will hit the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday to perform the track live.

Those of you with a keen awareness of the pop music world realize that means that Mya and Pras will be hitting the stage. Those of you with an even keener awareness will note that the performance means that the artist occasionally known as Ol' Dirty Bastard will once again be gracing the stage during a live awards telecast. O.D.B., who also goes by the handle Big Baby Jesus, leapt into awards show history when he stormed the stage at this year's Grammy Awards to declare "I went and bought me an outfit today that cost me a lot of money" (see "Wu-Tang's O.D.B. Bumrushes Grammy Podium").

O.D.B.'s return to live television has a number of folks on their toes, especially the show's cameramen who Mya said were losing track of the rapper during show rehearsals on Wednesday.

"I did this with Pras and Wyclef and everybody, and O.D.B. showed up and on every take, something he did...everything was different every time so the cameramen kind of got lost, but it was cool in general and overall," [28.8 RealAudio] Mya told the MTV Radio Network on Wednesday.

Mya, Pras, and O.D.B. may also touch the VMA stage as award winners as the ensemble's song "Ghetto Superstar" is nominated for two moonmen: Best Rap Video and Best Video From a Film. The track has at least one high-profile supporter in Dru Hill's Sisqo, who has worked with Mya in the past. "That's a contagious-ass song, jack," Sisqo said Wednesday of "Ghetto Superstar." "That's one of those things you just can't get out your head. You end up singing, 'Ghetto Superstar' Yeah, I like that song. I want to see that. I'm gonna ask her about that."

We'll see if VMA voters feel the same way when the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards are handed out live Thursday night at 8 p.m. MTV News will begin its pre-show coverage at 6:30 with interviews with Madonna and Hole as well as red carpet reports and the usual hijinks.

Catch all the sizzlin', star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by big show at 8 p.m.

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