Demi Lovato Explains How NOT To Look Like A Hag At The VMAs

Songstress and “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato will be giving our hearts a break during tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards pre-show when she takes the stage to perform her hit single, kicking off the star-studded ceremony. And when we caught up with Demi this week, we made sure to ask how she was preparing for the important task before her.

“You know, just making sure I’m well rested so I don’t look like a hag when I step out on stage,” the 20-year-old joked.

When pressed about her pre-show rituals, Demi revealed her own shortlist of artists who get her primed to perform. “There’s some music I listen to that really pumps me up is 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj, but not her pop stuff, like, her grimy stuff. I love it.”

As for what we can expect from her performance (IN MERE HOURS YOU GUYS!), Demi was a bit more close-lipped, but did promise something special. “This will actually set a lot of my performances apart,” she said. “This is going to be something I think everyone’s going to be surprised by. I can’t give away too much, but it’s going to be really cool. And I’m excited.”

So are we, Demi. You know we’ll be tuning in at 7/6C!

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are set to go live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. But before it all goes down, don’t miss our “Jersey Shore” special “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. and our pre-show with Demi Lovato at 7 p.m.! And head over to to vote on Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video!

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