The two veterans that have been dominating the VMAs for years are Eminem and Kanye West, both respectively opening and closing the show.
Eminem started his performance in a small room with just a stage and a few fans, a la 8 mile. Turning around half way into the first verse to embrace a full crowd for an electric response as he continued rapping his mega single Not Afraid over a remixed piano-and-drums.
Mr. Porter hyped up Eminem while he emotionally spit every rhyme with new vigor. Reminiscent of when Proof hyped him up for so many award shows before Proof passed away in 2005.
Fire emblazoned the stage as Rihanna slowly made her way towards Eminem who was now rapping his hit single Love The Way You Lie. She wore a white dress with a red wig. Her appearance came as a shock as she was not scheduled to perform with Eminem at the show.