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10 Artists Who Should Perform at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards [Opinion]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on August 8, 2010

MTV’s list of nominees for this year’s just-around-the-corner Video Music Awards is filled with the predictable hitmakers from the last year. Names such as Usher, Katy Perry, Drake, Lady GaGa, B.o.B., Jason DeRulo, Paramore, Enrique Iglesias, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and Eminem fill out the roster of hopefuls for the September 12 show. (Based on chart performance and buzz, shouldn’t Rihanna, M.I.A., Taio Cruz, and maybe Christina Aguilera be on here, too?)

Though a host has yet to be named, the network wasted no time announcing that Alicia Keys, Jay-Z (both for a second consecutive year), 30 Seconds to Mars, Katy Perry, Usher and Pink (third consecutive year) will perform during the ceremony.

When That’s My Jam saw the set list, we released a collective “meh.” It doesn’t pack enough punch or encapsulate the musical landscape since 2009’s show. (The last VMA ceremony that did was that of 1999. We still haven’t recovered from TLC’s surprise-infused performance or the collaboration between NSYNC and Britney Spears.)

That’s why we came up with our own list of the top 10 performers we think should take the stage in September.

Nicki Minaj
It’s been a while since a female rapper has commanded as much attention from the music machine as Snicki. Her album won’t hit the stores until November, but her clip for “Your Love,” along with a wicked sense of style, demonstrates how visually entertaining her stage show could be.

Usher’s collabo with Will.I.Am gave Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” a run for its money in all the “song of summer” features in the press. Even though “OMG” has been performed on Oprah and American Idol, Usher could give it an exciting VMA spin, kind of like his re-interpretation of his ubiquitous hit from 2004.

Since Lady GaGa has yet to be confirmed as a performer, we need some guilty pleasure pop. Ke$ha’s brand will do nicely, as it’s often loud and energetic. We just pray that there’s no repeat of her gig on Saturday Night Live.

Having her “Born Free” video yanked off (then returned to) YouTube was just a bump in the road for the outspoken Sri Lankan. M.I.A. could easily spice things up at the VMAs by delivering the obligatory bleep-laden monologue about some global issue or another. She’s also our top candidate to be the dark horse performer who steals the show.

Jason DeRulo
Jason has notched three hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, including the No. 1-reaching “Whatcha Say.” Considered by many to be just an R&B crooner, chart success proves that his appeal can successfully crossover. Besides, MTV ditched it’s Best R&B Video category, so we see nothing wrong with bringing a little soul sangin’ on to the main stage.

Justin Bieber
From Internet hopeful to pop culture phenomenon, Justin’s Bieber falls right in line with the aspirational demographic MTV claims to be targeting. Additionally, MTV’s slightly off approach to having the hottest acts perform during music’s other big night could be re-established by having The Bieb croon “Baby” or any of his other hits.

At the 2008 VMAs, Britney Spears was lauded for getting her life back on track after a number of embarrassing and highly publicized incidents. She won three Moonmen for the sub-par “Piece of Me” clip, including Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. Enter Rihanna, who, after being involved in her own “incident” with Chris Brown, returned with the shocking video to “Russian Roulette,” climbed higher on the charts with “Hard” and finally peaked atop Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Rude Boy.” Who else’s comeback is more deserving of a main stage performance?

Let’s be honest: Cascada has a snowball’s chance in hell of being asked to perform. But don’t let the MTV ignoree be discredited. “Evacuate the Dance Floor” is one of the few non-GaGa dance tracks that’s etched itself in the memories of millions. Wouldn’t it be nice if the network continued its re-found appreciation of dance music by letting her get the party started?

Taio Cruz
Following in the footsteps of Rihanna (and even helping her along the way) is international pop star Taio Cruz. The British import racked up the No. 1 single “Break Your Heart” and is lighting up dance floors with his latest cut, “Dynamite.” Taio knows how to get the crowd going — now if only he’d get a performance invite from MTV.

Katy Perry
Yeah, she may have done her thing at MTV’s Movie Awards in June, but that show is really a second tier affair to this, the main event. After scoring the top spot on a number of “song of summer” countdowns and following up “California Gurls” with our new favorite song, “Teenage Dream,” her fire, it seems, continues to burn.

Who We Don’t Want to See at the VMAs

Kanye West
‘Nuff said.

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