Lil Jon, Andrew WK and Rebecca Black are part of our VMAs pre-show coverage

Lil Jon, Rebecca Black and Andrew WK all spoke with Metro about the VMAs.

MTV took over L.A. this weekend for its annual Video Music Awards, with two days of parties and concerts leading up to the big show on Sunday. And while the big talk was more about who wasn’t coming — Kanye West, Katy Perry, anyone to host the show — Metro was there on the red carpet and at the show itself. Check in tomorrow for full details from inside the auditorium. Before the show, though, we caught up with a few people ready to party.

LIL JON

While the fun-loving rapper had to skip town right before the big show, he still had plenty of expectations.

On the VMAs: My boy Pitbull just got added to the show in the last couple days, and he’s having an incredible year, so I’m looking forward to seeing him do his thing and supporting him. And I want to know what Lady Gaga’s going to wear. I think that’s the question of the day, what is she going to where this time? She had the meat dress last year, so how can she top the meat dress?

On keeping busy: I’ve been doing a lot of DJing around the world. I just finished the new single and dropped it — “Drink,” featuring LMFAO. I’m working on the album “Party Animal.” Should be out next year. And I have a residency in Vegas at Surrender. I’m there every two weeks. It’s great. I never thought I’d be doing it like Dean Martin or Siegfried and Roy and those guys, but I’m there like them. It’s cool.

On “Drink”: I thought we couldn’t top “Shots” for a party song, but it’s right up there with “Shots.” When you hear the record, it makes you want to go to the club and drink and party. A little push helps.

ANDREW WK:

The party animal has been holed up in L.A. prepping a new record.

On the VMAs: Really my main concern is the parties. I want to be invited to the pre-parties, the after-parties, the post-after-parties and of course any party at all. And that really is a great thing about this event — there are a lot of parties.

On the awards show itself having an open bar: I’d almost rather have a paid bar because open bars get so crowded with so many people jockeying and trying to get six drinks at once and whatnot. I’d rather pay and get a drink faster. But either way, hey, free drinks — thank you, MTV!

On the state of rock today: Defining rock by instruments — it’s more a feeling of energy. And I would say that over these last five years, the level of energy has really increased in popular music in general, across the board. In rock, in metal, but also in hip-hop, in pop — even in country music. It’s a high-energy level of excitement right now. And for me, that’s fantastic. I want to feel that way as much of the time as possible. I don’t want to be the only person making exciting music. I want everyone to be getting that rocking vibe. So even if it doesn’t have guitars in it, it can still rock.

REBECCA BLACK:

The 14-year-old YouTube conversation piece is trying to turn her Internet infamy into an actual music career.

On her VMAs experience so far: It’s pretty amazing, considering it just started. You think it’s just a couple hours, but no. It’s a whole weekend.

On how 2011 has been a roller coaster for her: Oh, definitely. I mean, when I thought how 2011 was going to be at New Year’s, I thought it’s just going to be the year I start high school. But no, it turned out to be so much more, and I’m so grateful for it all. It’s amazing to go from the little teenager I was to now this.

On the reception for her new single: It’s been really positive. I mean, of course, there’s the little people that just like to nag on whatever, but it doesn’t bother me.

On dealing with so much negativity: My parents always raised me to have a thick skin. And I’ve dealt with bullying in the past, so I think that helped to not let me let it bother me, because it’s not anything new.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

Local

Mugger uses chokeholds in Central Park attacks: NYPD

Cops are searching for a Manhattan mugging suspect tied to at least two attacks near Central Park this week.

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

By Rich MckayABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged…

News

Ditka calls Redskins team name critics 'politically correct…

Mike Ditka, the 74-year-old 11-season coach of the Chicago Bears and 3-season coach of the New Orleans Saints, may be endangering his position as an…

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

Television

TV watch list, Thursday, Aug. 21: 'Simpsons,' 'Simpsons'…

It's time to change the channel to FXX, and then never change it again, as you watch all the "Simpsons" episodes you can handle.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…