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Rihanna to open VMAs

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With the hours ticking down to Thursday's 2012 MTV Video Music Awards broadcast, the musical treats in store for viewers keep getting sweeter.

 Rihanna will open the show with a collaboration featuring A$AP Rocky.

She'll serve up a sexy performance of the official remix of her Talk That Talk single "Cockiness" with Rocky.

 Then Calvin Harris will step up to give an assist on the pair's VMA-nominated global smash, "We Found Love."

Nicki Minaj will also grace the stage with a secret guest and 2 Chainz will make his VMA debut.