As if working with the Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna weren't enough of a signal of international dance music's crossover star [artist id="1243216"]David Guetta[/artist]'s two-year ascension to the top of the American urban pop-music scene, the French house-music producer is up for a Moonman at this year's Video Music Awards.
Nominated for Best Dance Music Video for his hit single "Sexy Chick," featuring Akon, Guetta is up against some stiff competition for his big night in L.A. on September 12. His fellow nominees include Usher for "OMG," German dance group Cascada (remember "Everytime We Touch"?) for "Evacuate the Dancefloor" and Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It," featuring Snooki, the Situation and company. And let's not forget the biggest of elephants in the room, Lady Gaga for "Bad Romance."
Still, DGuetta's boy, rapper Flo Rida, with whom he currently has a top 10 hit in Europe with "Club Can't Handle Me," thinks his chances of winning are rather good.
"My reaction to David Guetta being nominated for 'Best Dance Video'? Well, he's definitely a household name," Flo told MTV UK today in London. "Not just nationally, but he's internationally known. He's a passionate dude about his music and he gets the party crunk. I look forward to him taking that home."
"The genius of him is the fact that he is a perfectionist. He strives to make sure that a record has the right gumbo," Flo said using the analogy of the Southern dish of random ingredients that somehow just tastes right. "It moves you — having you bob your head. If you are a dancer, it will make you try some new moves. David Guetta has that work ethic and that drive to make sure he has the #1 party record, like we do right now with 'Club Can't Handle Me.' "
And while fans will have to wait till the big night to find out if Guetta proves the victor, Flo Rida has a special message for all you David Guetta fans out there.
"To David Guetta and his fans, y'all make sure and support him," Flo said. "David, you know you work hard. You grind. Win or lose, I feel like you are still the winner because you have fans that are very loyal to you. So do your thing. Keep your head up."
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m. ET.