This time last year [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] was behind bars as VMA weekend festivities were kicking off — not that his incarceration dampened his spirits. The Young Money CEO had [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist] and [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] to root for.
"I think it meant a whole lot more for me to see them onstage than it means for me to even be onstage this year, because I know they want this so bad and this is what they do it for," Wayne said of his artists' 2010 VMA moments versus his own involvement this year.
Last year, [article id="1647648"]Nicki performed "Check It Out"[/article]with will.i.am during the VMA Pre-Show, wearing in a cotton candy-colored wig and form-fitting purple catsuit. Her YM cohort [article id="1647671"]Drake had a hell of a night[/article] himself as he partnered with Swizz Beatz and Mary J. Blige to give a Frank Sinatra-inspired big show performance of his Thank Me Later single "Fancy."
[article id="1669643"]Wayne's musical director Gil Smith promises a 'rock star' performance.[/article]
This year, while the Harajuku Barbie and Drizzy are scheduled to attend, it's Wayne who's planning a major moment. Not only is his "6 Foot 7 Foot" up for Best Hip-Hop Video, but Weezy will perform and then release the digital version of his long-awaited [article id="1669429"]Tha Carter IV LP when the clock strikes midnight[/article].
Still, for Tunechi, watching his Young Money team participate is rewarding enough. "They're young, they're fresh, and it's beautiful to them," Weezy said. "It's like you being a senior and you're watching the freshmen come in and enjoy the light. You remember, man, I remember being a freshman — that was amazing ... to see them do that, I felt relieved like, 'This is what it is all about, this is what it's for.' "
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The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.