The MTV Movie Awards announced that Eminem and Rihanna will be performing their new single, “The Monster” together at the movie awards on Sunday April 13, 2014. Eminem and Rihanna will not be the only music performers, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, and Twenty One Pilots will also be entertaining us during the award show hosted by Conan O’Brien.
This is not the first time the two talented artists have performed together. They have made appearances performing together before on the MTV Movie Awards as well as on the MTV Music Awards and The Grammys. “The Monster” which has become Rihanna’s 13th Hot 100 hit, will be their fourth collaboration together. In August 2010 they released the famous and controversy single “Love the Way You Lie” followed by a sequel, “Love the Way You Lie II.” The original “Love the Way You Lie” became America’s biggest selling song in 2010. After these two hits, Rihanna and Eminem released a third single called “Numb” in 2012.
“The Monster” entered the Hot 100’s at number three in November of 2013.
In “The Monster” the lyrics represent Rihanna coming to terms with her inner demons while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame and fortune. This theme is significantly offbeat compared to their prior songs.
The first “Love the Way You Lie” song was about the three A’s: Abuse, Aggression, and Anger. The sequel to this song was more focused on Rihanna’s side of the story and her reply to Eminem in the first song.
The music video that was released on December 16, 2013 references Eminem’s other music videos from his past such as “My Name Is” and “Lose Yourself.” These references concur with the character he portrays in the song. Eminem takes a trip down memory lane looking back at how fame altered his life.
Eminem made it clear that the new collaboration was not another sequel by stating, “not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a re-visitation” to his past. “To me, it’s more about the vice, and it’s more about the nostalgia,” he said.
The two performers not only decided to perform on the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday but they also made the decision to go on a Mini Tour together starting this August.