Mkay, serious VMA update, folks. Unfortunately we had to say “cheerio!” to Best New Artist nominee Lily Allen’s appearance and performance at the VMAs due to Prez Jorge and the U.S. Gubment. Ms. Allen had her work visa repo’ed and she had to cancel tour dates in addition to her VMA appointments. Boo! But… and not that she could ever be replaced, coincidentally we’ve got more artists on the performance bill! Gym Class Heroes (also a Best New Artist nom), Lil Wayne, Female Artist of the Year nominee Nelly Furtado, Common, Monster Single of the Year nominee T-Pain, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo, whose “Smiley Faces” video is nominated for Best Editing, and Australian pop singer Daniel Merriweather will all be doin’ it live.
We love all of the aforementioned artists, but we’ve got a serious crush on Gym Class Heroes, and we don’t care who the hell knows. And while there isn’t a Best Live Performance award, we’re pretty sure Gym Class would have it on lockdown, since they’ve got Vegas under their proverbial studded belts — their latest video, “Clothes Off,” was shot there.
Check out the super self-referential video — they’re playing their own song, “Viva La White Girl,” in the opening shot and watching their own “Cupid’s Chokehold” video. And in true Decaydance style, the video’s packed with cameos, including Pete Wentz as a slots-playing Elvis, checking out Travis McCoy’s butt and members of Vegas’ own Panic! At The Disco as dancing, poker-playing furries. Watch the video below… oh, and just so you know: Gym Class is also prepping a Hall & Oates mash-up album to be released around the new year. Like we needed yet another reason to love them.