Be gentle with these guys — it’s their first time as nominees or performers at the MTV Video Music Awards. Here’s a look at this year’s VMA virgins and where you’ll see them come Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
It was almost impossible to turn the radio on and not hear Kesha’s party-happy pop track “Tik Tok” over the past year. (She also did the background vocals on Flo Rida’s ubiquitous “Right Round.”) The singer is up for Best New Artist, and she’ll present an award Sunday. “This is such a monumental thing for me to be nominated, because it really means people do really like what I’m doing,” she said.
Lil Wayne’s wig-loving protégé will perform during the VMA pre-show on Sunday, and perhaps the mixtape diva will give us a taste of her forthcoming debut album, Pink Friday. “Obviously, this is something everybody dreamed of being part of, and I’m no exception to that rule,” she said. “I just feel like this is my coming-out party. This is major for an artist with no album out.”
Natalie Horler fronts this German Eurodance group, and along with DJ Manian and Yanou, the band will make their VMA debut Sunday. They’ll be competing in the newly revamped Dance Music Video category. Earlier this year, it was announced that they were the second-most-downloaded dance artists of all time. Who’s the most downloaded? French DJ David Guetta, which brings us to our next rookie …
The French DJ is responsible for sweating up dance floors, both international and domestic, and he finally nabs his first VMA for “Sexy Chick,” featuring Akon.
The Atlanta rapper is up for five VMAs, and he’ll take the stage for the first time.
Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch is bringing her funked-out, soulful vocals to the VMA stage this year, where she’s up for four awards.
The pop singer feels like he already won at the VMAs. Last year, he attended the awards, but he sat in the back of the house. “This year, I’m nominated for two awards. It’s incredible,” said the singer, who has opened for Lady Gaga. “I’ve watched these awards my whole entire life, so to finally be a part of it is a dream come true. Pinch me, please.” Derülo will be taking the stage with VMA house artist Deadmau5.
Bieber presented a VMA with Ke$ha at the 2009 show, but this year, he’s up for Best New Artist and is set to perform.
In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “dead mouse” (real name: Joel Thomas Zimmerman), and he’s a Canadian house producer. He’ll be working as this year’s house artist.
The comedian is the first woman to host the VMAs since 1994. Prepare for laughter beyond belief from the E! talk-show hostess.
The Toronto rapper (and Lil Wayne protégé) is up for three Moonmen; he’ll also perform at the VMAs for the first time.
Fresh off a tour with Kelis, Robyn, a Swedish pop singer, will perform with deadmau5 on Sunday at the VMAs.
Up for one VMA (along with collaborator B.o.B), Bruno Mars will also perform for the first time at the VMAs.
Who’s your favorite VMA virgin? Share your thoughts in the comments!
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The party starts with MTV News’ VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET.