Asher Roth Thinks His First VMAs Will Be ‘100 Percent Fun’

The Best New Artist and Best Hip-Hop Video nominee plans to keep it casual on September 13.

[artist id=”3123015″]Asher Roth[/artist] holds himself and his work to quite a high set of standards, but he isn’t the sort of guy to put pressure on himself or take anything too seriously. Case in point: Though he’s nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards , he isn’t too worried about the ceremony itself.

“I don’t expect to win,” Roth told MTV News on the set of the video for his next single, “She Don’t Wanna Man.” “I think [artist id=”3061469″]Lady Gaga[/artist] is going to take Best New Artist, and I’m in the company of some giants for Best Hip-Hop [Video], so I’m not too worried about it.”

Though he isn’t giving himself much of a shot in taking home a Moonman, he’s not going to let that get in the way of his enjoyment of the show, which airs live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, September 13.

“It’s going to be 100 percent fun,” he said. “I’m probably going to show up in some basketball shorts!”

Roth is also relieved that the show is back in New York City. “The great thing about New York is that you can do anything you want,” he said, exaggerating just a little. “Obviously, some of the best food in the world is there. I like to keep it mellow — just get some drinks and some good food and I’m good.”

Roth’s video for “She Don’t Wanna Man,” which co-stars song guest Keri Hilson, should be premiering soon. In the meantime, he’s currently in Europe to perform in some festivals before returning to the U.S. to join the Blink-182 tour — and of course to compete for the coveted Moonman.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.