Hot Chelle Rae Soaking Up First VMA Trip

'Tonight Tonight' band tells MTV News it plans to stalk Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga at the big show.

LOS ANGELES — You always remember your first time. That’s why Nashville buzz band Hot Chelle Rae have spent this weekend soaking up every ounce of energy they can from the vortex of awesome surrounding Sunday’s 2011 VMAs.

“It feels amazing. We are so stoked to be out here and not watching from the couch this year,” said “Tonight Tonight” singer Ryan Follese. “It’s gonna be really, really exciting.” Asked whom he would like to celeb-stalk at the show, Follese didn’t hesitate, picking Nicki Minaj as his obsessive target of choice, based on his hope that she “might have on something insane.”

Guitarist Nash Overstreet said he had his sights set on Lady Gaga, but was afraid she might be too dangerous to stalk because it’s possible she’d be wearing something “that could kill you.”

When they’re not plotting who to spy on at the show, Hot Chelle Rae have been busy putting the finishing touches on their new album, which bassist Ian Keaggy said is slated to come out in November. “If you like ‘Tonight Tonight,’ honestly, then you’re going to love the record,” Follese said. “There are moments of songs about tense feelings, but for the most part it’s an upbeat, really, really fun record.”

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.

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