On Sunday, Aug. 25, the MTV VMAs 2013 live awards show coverage begins with plenty of big names planned. Among the upcoming MTV VMAs performers and nominees are several of the biggest names in hip-hop music including rappers Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Drake. The Canadian-born TV and rap star has big things planned for tonight's show.
An Aug. 24 report from Hot New Hip Hop talks about rapper Drake (real name Aubrey Graham) and his recent comments made about the upcoming MTV VMAs performance. He'll be among those taking the stage for performances, along with Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, A$AP Rocky, and rappers Pharrell and T.I. for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Drake will perform his newest hit, "Hold On We're Going Home," and told MTV about the performance he has planned:
"I get to do the new record, I'm doing 'Hold On, We're Going Home' into 'Started From the Bottom,' so [it's] really just an exciting performance to show the range and also show the diversity of music on the album."
Drake added that he's got an "explosive" performance planned and even had to verify the safety of what he has planned, saying:
"We're blowing the stage up, I got things going off, I had to test with the fire marshall and it's gonna be good. I've been doing this for a while, pyro doesn't scare me. You know I'm ready, if you've ever been on stage with Lil Wayne, he likes explosions and they're loud you know, so I'm used to it."
When it comes to nominees for Best Hip-Hop Video, A$AP Rocky, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are among them, with the latter two up for their own videos in additions to A$AP's "F**kin Problems." Drake is also nominated for "Started From the Bottom," while Kendrick is up for "Swimming Pools (Drank)." Rounding out the category is J. Cole featuring Miguel for the "Power Trip" video, and "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton.
The MTV VMAs 2013 coverage starts up at 9 p.m. EST for United States viewers on Sunday night, and is scheduled to continue until at least 11 p.m. EST, with replays of the show likely to follow throughout the night and next day. See more info at MTV about tonight's show.