Continuing a breakout year in which he topped both the Billboard 200 and the Hot 100, B.o.B netted five MTV VMA nominations, including a Video of the Year nod for his Hayley Williams collaboration "Airplanes," when the nominees were announced today (Aug. 3). The hip-hop star told Billboard.com that the news, which he heard about via Twitter today, represents another milestone after years of struggling to put out his music.
"My own personal goals have been coming to pass lately, compared to where I was," says B.o.B. "My perspective is just enjoying it and watching it unfold."
Although the 2010 VMAs, which will air live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on Sept. 12, have not announced any scheduled performers yet, B.o.B said that he would be game to take the stage. "I definitely would," he says. "Why not? That's like, 'Let's party!'"
B.o.B. also said that he was "not surprised" to hear of Lady Gaga's record 13 VMA nominations because of how innovative her music videos have become. "She's already made her mark in history," he says.
The rapper is touring through October and supporting his Rivers Cuomo-assisted new single "Magic," currently No. 27 on the Hot 100. B.o.B says the song has become a fan favorite at his concerts as it has risen on the charts.
"When that song comes on, it's like, 'It's "Magic" time,'" says B.o.B. "The song sounds like a parade blasting out of your speakers."