MTV VMA newbie and rising star Jason Derülo has a lot going for him these days. In addition to his two Video Music Awards nominations — Best New Artist and Best Male Video — he's performing with VMA house artist deadmau5 on Sunday. And he'll be doing so with green laser-lit gloves, which were inspired, he says, by a dream.
"I have a lot of dreams about what I should be doing, what think I should be doing onstage," Derülo told MTV News. "So when I have these visions, I'm like, 'Aw, that's really cool,' and I try to make them come to life."
Regarding those gloves, the "In My Head" singer said he made it all happen himself. "I went to a lighting company and I was like, "Hey, make something like this.' " And they did.
Derülo described his VMA honors as a "wonderful beginning."
"Everything that's happened thus far has just [fallen] into place perfectly," he said. "I couldn't have written a better story if I tried. I can consider this just a brilliant start. It's really exciting, especially when you've been watching it your whole life," he added. "I watch the VMAs every year, my whole life."
As for Derülo's VMAs partner, deadmau5, he wouldn't divulge any specifics about plans for Sunday. But he did admit to MTV News that he had no idea how big the house artist job was when he signed up.
"I had no idea [who I'd be working with]," he said. "They were just like, 'Do you want to do this?' And I said, 'Yep,' and I didn't know what it was. And my management had sent me off to Spain ... and I was like, 'Well, whatever it is, it's probably going to be, like, a five-second cameo, so if they need me to do something, send my computer over,' " he said. "And so I get to Spain ... and they're like, 'Uh, yeah, you have to do eight remixes and three performances.' "
They scored a top-five hit with their "Airplanes" collaboration, but B.o.B and Hayley Williams had never met in person ... until now.
A rehearsal for their 2010 MTV Video Music Awards performance Saturday (September 11) finally united the pair, who recorded their vocals separately and shot a video for the song at different times.
"Whoa, hi!" Williams said to B.o.B as he ran across the stage to embrace the Paramore frontwoman.
Williams and Bobby Ray were actually onstage together while "Airplanes" blasted through the Nokia Theatre speakers, but the lights were turned down and something blocked her view of the rapper.
"Where are you guys?" she asked.
B.o.B spotted Wiliams, also his labelmate, and ran toward her. "We finally met for the first time," he said, turning to the camera excitedly. "I hope I don't mess up."
"I'm gonna trip and fall," Williams said about their big performance. "Catch me, please!"
Then a stage manager broke up the meeting as the stars had to get back to rehearsing the number. They later exchanged numbers, and Hayley offered to join B.o.B at a performance in Los Angeles later that evening, if she can make it.
After a long delay, they had a happy ending.