The 2012 Video Music Awards got off to a rip roaring start tonight courtesy of the smoldering talent that is Rihanna. Sporting a crimson red outfit and a super chic new pixy ‘do, she performed a medley of new remix of her song “Cockiness” (featuring A$AP Rocky) that our friends over at MTV premiered earlier this week) and “We Found Love” like a BOSS.
“Cockiness” —the hook of which features a sample by none other than Greg Kinnear (!!!)— is one of the raciest tracks on Talk That Talk, an album we described when it was released as “the dirtiest pop album since Madonna’s Erotica.” The chorus of “Suck my cockiness/Lick my persuasion” was liberally bleeped by the MTV censors, but one thing that MTV did not get around to blurring out was the moment when A$AP Rocky grabbed a handful of RiRi’s heinie. And when we say handful, we mean a HANDFUL.
Rihanna didn’t seem to be the least bit fazed by the situation, even though we can’t imagine that A$AP got THAT handsy during rehearsals. (We already know that Lana Del Rey finds him Frenchable and he wanted to “bone” her.) Post-tushgrab, she made her way through the crowd to the raised platform where house DJ and her “We Found Love” collaborator Calvin Harris was DJing. The crowd, both at home and attending live in the Staples Center, went predictably bonkers, and got the 2012 VMAs off to a memorable start.
[Images, video and GIFs via Mr. Worldwide]