Stars arriving for the MTV Video Music Awards
Cast members from MTV's "Jersey Shore," from left, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Samantha Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Deena Nicole Cortese and Paul DelVecchio arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
There may be no baby bump to talk about this year, but given its track record, the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles will surely provide some water cooler moments Thursday.
Last year, Beyonce set a tweets-per-second record on Twitter when she revealed her pregnancy at the awards. While that's a tough act to follow, there may be other opportunities to keep tongues wagging (and fingers typing).
Nicki Minaj, who recently caused a stir with a rhyme endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president, has a planned collaboration with a special guest. Green Day is expected to perform despite lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's trip to an emergency room earlier this week.
Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
And Rihanna, who arrived with her hair in a pixie cut and in a stunning scoop-backed white dress, is set to kick off the show with A$AP Rocky. Rihanna and Drake are the show's top nominees with five apiece.
Demi Lovato took home the night's first moonman trophy, winning best video with a message for "Skyscraper" on the pre-awards show. She then performed for the crowd outside the Staples Center.
It's unclear if Drake will attend. He's pitted against Chris Brown in one category — a noteworthy competition given that earlier this summer, their entourages were involved in a bottle-throwing brawl at a New York nightclub where both were present. The fight left several people injured and sparked lawsuits.