Find out what went down before the singer hit the stage with Eminem and other secrets on ‘VMAs Revealed,’ airing Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
By Jocelyn Vena
Rihanna surprised fans at the 2010 Video Music Awards when she hit the stage with Eminem to perform their track “Love the Way You Lie.” At the time, Rihanna was in the midst of shooting her first-ever feature film, the action-packed “Battleship,” in Hawaii, and there was a bit of a logistics problem in trying to get the flame-haired singer to the show.
While her fans were excited to see her hit the stage with Shady, a wardrobe mishap almost derailed her performance altogether. “The morning of the show, she flew in very, very early,” Malika Quemerais, MTV coordinator of music and celebrity talent, tells us in “VMAs Revealed,” a special that takes fans behind-the-scenes of some of the biggest moments from last year’s VMAs.
Rihanna wanted her look to be just right and wanted her wig’s red shade to perfectly fit the vibe she was going for. Unfortunately, that meant that it would require more work than planned.
“When the wig arrived, the wig was orange,” celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen said. “I’m telling you, bright orange, straight-up Nicki Minaj orange. And she’s flipping out.”
Want to know how it all worked out for Rihanna so that she could take the stage with Eminem? Check out “VMAs Revealed” this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. The show will also look at Lady Gaga’s unforgettable and controversial meat dress, 30 Seconds to Mars’ unconventional white-carpet arrival and Chelsea Handler’s big night as the show’s host, when she got to hang out with Lindsay Lohan and last year’s breakout star Justin Bieber.
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.