Jason Derulo Plans To ‘Light’ Up VMA Stage

Best New Artist nominee says idea for laser-lit gloves came in a dream.

VMA newbie and rising star Jason Derülo has a lot going for him these days. In addition to his two Video Music Award nominations — Best New Artist and Best Male Video — he’s performing with VMA house artist deadmau5 on Sunday. And he’ll be doing so with green laser-lit gloves, which were inspired, he says, by a dream.

“I have a lot of dreams about what I should be doing, what thing I should be doing onstage,” Derülo told MTV News. “So when I have these visions, I’m like, ‘Aw, that’s really cool,’ and I try to make them come to life.”

Regarding those gloves, the “In My Head” singer said he made it all happen himself. “I went to a lighting company and I was like, ‘Hey, make something like this.’ ” And they did.

Derülo described his VMA honors as a “wonderful beginning.”

“Everything that’s happened thus far has just [fallen] into place perfectly,” he said. “I couldn’t have written a better story if I tried. I can consider this just a brilliant start. It’s really exciting, especially when you’ve been watching it your whole life,” he added. “I watch the VMAs every year, my whole life.”

As for Derülo’s VMA partner, deadmau5, he wouldn’t divulge any specifics about plans for Sunday. But he did admit to MTV News that he had no idea how big the house-artist job was when he signed up.

“I had no idea [who I'd be working with],” he said. “They were just like, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And I said, ‘Yep,’ and I didn’t know what it was. And my management had sent me off to Spain … and I was like, ‘Well, whatever it is, it’s probably going to be, like, a five-second cameo, so if they need me to do something, send my computer over,’ ” he said. “And so I get to Spain … and they’re like, ‘Uh, yeah, you have to do eight remixes and three performances.’ ”

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.