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Eminem and Rihanna were steaming hot for their VMAs opening performance.

Em kicked off the 2010 MTV VMAs show this year with a combo performance of "Not Afraid" and "Love The Way You Lie," alongside collaborator Rihanna.

First he performed "Not Afraid" alongside a hypeman, but then the stage lights turned fire red when a red-headed Rihanna -- sporting a white cropped top, white skirt and combat boots -- joined him for the track "Love The Way You Lie." Rihanna played her part, as she strolled down the stage, arms folded and lips puckered.

Shortly after, Eminem won"Best Male Video for "Not Afraid." Presenters Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry accepted his Moon Man in his absence, since the Detroit rapper was already East-coast-bound for his performance with Jay-Z at New York's Yankee Stadium tomorrow (Aug. 13).

Video: Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry accept Eminem award