2012 MTV Video Music Awards Best and Worst Performances
Rihanna & A$AP Rocky
Pop queen Rihanna had the honor of opening up the VMAs, ushering in the show with a theatrical performance of “Cockiness (Love It).” Rihanna entered the stage seated on a golden throne, set in the ferocious mouth of a giant snake head. As always, Rihanna’s style was something to talk about as the singer, now sporting an uber cute pixie cut, sauntered down the stage in sheer red dress, red leather pants and a string of Egyptian Ankhs around her neck, while a slew on animal-print clad dancers pranced, danced and gyrated around her. And though Rihanna’s lazy dance “skills” and vocals left something to be desired, her “Cockiness” Remix partner in crime, A$AP Rocky, provided a much-needed burst of energy as the stylish emcee enraptured the crowd and grabbed a handful of Rihanna’s butt during a steamy embrace. Balloons then floated down as Rihanna switched to her hit “We Found Love” and turned the Staples Center into a giant rave.