The 2010 VMA Countdown: Usher Makes It Rain In Miami

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are only a few weeks away. The biggest party of the year features nominated clips by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ke$ha and Katy Perry and will feature performances by Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Paramore, Usher, B.o.B and Florence and the Machine (with many more to be announced). In order to properly prepare yourself for what’s to come, every day the MTV Newsroom Blog will deliver a classic moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Today’s installment: Busta Rhymes makes a new best friend.

Generally speaking, the MTV Video Music Awards have been either a New York or Los Angeles event (this year, they head back to L.A. for the first time since 2008), but in 2004 and 2005, the show decided to head south for some fun and sun in Miami. Artists loved the way-down-south shows, as they allowed them to do interesting things with fashion, arrivals and performances that captured the vibe of the city and that would otherwise be impossible in other cities. For example, 2004’s show saw a handful of artists arriving via watercraft — including Usher, who performed on the show, won the awards for Best Male Video and Best Dance Video (for “Yeah!”) and bragged about the size of his yacht during the pre-show.

Once he hit the stage, Usher unleashed his gigantic hit “Yeah!” with the assistance of Ludacris and Lil Jon. It was wild and lively, but Usher kicked it up a notch when he literally made it rain on stage (a trick that Kelly Clarkson would borrow the following year when she closed the show with “Since U Been Gone”). No word on what Usher will do when on stage at this year’s VMAs, but you can count on it being funky, fresh and surprising.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.