The action at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards is certain to head up early, as Nicki Minaj will be helping to kick things off by making her solo television debut when she performs on the pre-show. She'll be rolling out her hit single "Your Love," and what's more, Minaj will be Minaj will be hosting a Twitter contest in which 10 fans will win a front-row seat to watch her performance (follow both @NickiMinaj and @MTVTJ for more details).
Minaj will be continuing on a tradition of high-profile artists who are able to use the VMA pre-show to make a big impression on the music world at large. A number of artists have used the VMA pre-show as a coming out party. Performances were first integrated into the pre-show in 1995, which saw Silverchair perform two songs ("Tomorrow" and "Pure Massacre") from their post-grunge debut Frogstomp. The following year, No Doubt and Beck both played the pre-show, establishing that being the opening act for the MTV Video Music Awards was a spot reserved for only high-profile and most buzz-heavy artists. Other future VMA regulars playing the pre-show include Rihanna, Blink-182, Ludacris and Fall Out Boy.
There was even an historic moment in rock history during a performance at the VMA pre-show. During the 1997 show, Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear announced that said show would be his last, and he was replaced for their second song by replacement ax man Franz Stahl (who was later replaced by current guitarist Chris Shifflet; Smear has since rejoined the band). Will there be any game-changing moments at this year's pre-show? You'll have to tune into the pre-show live on Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. on MTV.
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.