LOS ANGELES — B.o.B is not only up for five Moonmen at Sunday night’s Video Music Awards; the Atlanta lyricist will have the distinction of being one of the few artists performing two of his hits during the show.
The rapper will be joined by Bruno Mars and Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams as he delivers his two breakout hits, “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes,” live from the Nokia Theatre on Sunday. Bobby Ray was humbled by the opportunity to share the stage with his collaborators.
“I think it’s good that I get to share this moment with two of the people that helped me create two of the biggest songs of the year,” he told MTV News at the 2010 MTV VMA Concert to Benefit Lifebeat on Saturday. “It wouldn’t be right if they weren’t there.”
Williams and B.o.B met for the first time during their VMA rehearsal on Saturday. After performing “Airplanes,” Williams will quickly transition to the back of the stage, where Paramore will be waiting to perform their hit “The Only Exception.” All three acts share a recording home at Warner Music Group.
B.o.B prepped for his VMA debut with a set featuring his hits at the Lifebeat event, where Ke$ha and the Victorious Secrets also performed.
“I’m just glad to be a part of music history,” said B.o.B. “I’m glad to be in the moment. I’m glad to be a part of something that’s greater than me.”
Tune in tonight for the 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles! The party starts with MTV News’ VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can still vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 if you’re a Verizon subscriber).