Expect 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominee and house DJ Calvin Harris to deliver an “epic” set tomorrow (September 6), according to three lucky people who won the chance to watch him rehearse at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“That rehearsal was so epic!” Pepsi NOW photographer Michelle Feliciano told MTV News immediately following the EDM artist’s run-through. “I felt like we were front row at our own private concert. I’m so excited for Thursday!”
A backstage pass is one of the most coveted items at the VMAs and all-access entry to closed-door rehearsals is even harder to come by. But that’s exactly what was handed to all three Pepsi NOW photo correspondents, whose #mtvnow hashtagged summer-long tweeting landed them the picture-snapping positions.
All of the Pepsi NOW photo correspondents’ experiences surrounding the VMAs will be chronicled at mtvlivefornow.com.
The video for Harris’ collaboration with Rihanna, “We Found Love,” will face off against Drake, Gotye, Katy Perry and M.I.A. in the Video of the Year category on Thursday night. He’s also nominated for Best Electronic Dance Video, thanks to “Feel So Close,” which saw him reuniting with director Vincent Haycock.
But before he finds out whether he’ll win any Moonmen, he’ll be manning the turntables for the MTV News pre-show.
“Feel So Close” was the second single from Harris’ forthcoming album 18 Months. The record isn’t due until October 29, but there have already been four singles unleashed thus far, including tracks featuring appearances from Kelis, Ne-Yo and English rapper Example. “Sweet Nothing,” the album’s reported fifth single, boasts an appearance from Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, who brought the house down at the VMAs two years ago.