By Paul de Revere
Since its release last November, you’ve heard “The Monster,” Eminem’s song featuring Rihanna, plenty of times. But you’ve never heard it performed live — not until the MTV Movie Awards last night, anyway.
Most of the show was devoted to MTV-friendly movies, but it also featured big-name performances, as it’s wont to do — including the live premiere of the No. 1 track. The ceremony marked the “Love the Way You Lie” and “Numb” duo’s first live performance of the hit single.
All in all, “The Monster” gave perhaps a sneak peek into what folks can expect from the pair’s upcoming tour together. Amid pyrotechnics and alternating red and blue lights, the R&B superstar crooned the song’s hook while Eminem waltzed among the crowd, getting some sort of mini workout by covering nearly every square inch of the stage. Watch the performance on MTV.
The night’s other musical performances included two from Zedd, one with special guest Ellie Goulding singing her ballad “Beating Heart,” stripped down to just voice and piano, from the Divergent soundtrack. It was followed by the EDM producer’s “Find You” featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. Twenty One Pilots also contributed an additional live version of “Car Radio,” the duo’s newest single from Vessel. Watch their performance on MTV.
Two actor-musicians won honors at the MTV Movie Awards. Mark Wahlberg — known a lifetime ago as ’90s rapper Marky Mark — was presented with The Generation Award, while 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto continued his trend of movie award victories this year for best on-screen transformation for Dallas Buyers Club.
A score of musicians from Jack White to Carrie Brownstein also appeared in an opening segment during which host Conan O’Brien attempted to get 50 celebrity cameos in just a few short minutes.