VMA Party Weekend Begins With Jermaine Dupri’s Tag Records Launch Event (And Yes, Janet Was There Too)

VMA party weekend officially kicked started Friday night with Jermaine Dupri‘s party at the Avalon in Hollywood. JD — ever the consummate mogul and multitasker — celebrated the launch of Tag Records, and, of course, the VMAs.

With D-Nice spinning — “Put On,” by Young Jeezy and Kanye West, T-Pain and Lil’ Wayne‘s “Can’t Believe It,” and Game and 50 Cent‘s “This is How We Do,” all were huge for the dance floor — D stood at the booth hyping up the party. Nice played the remix to Dru Hill‘s “Sleeping in My Bed,” while Dupri shouted, “Brat I love you!”

“Yes Janet Jackson is here,” JD told some ladies on the dance floor. “Y’all can stop asking me now.”

Back in the crowd, you could spot Paul Wall mingling while the likes of Jazze Pha and Polow Da Don chilled in the V.I.P. section.

Later, Tag Records lead artist Q performed, as did Fabolous. Loso hit the crowd with “Breathe” and “You Make Me Better.”

+ Watch Jermaine dispense some VMA advice for Britney’s big appearance, (which is barely 24 hours from now!)

Stay up-to-date on everything about the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at vma.mtv.com, and don’t miss the big show Sunday (September 7) at 9 p.m. ET/PT or the pre-show red carpet coverage that starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.