Whitney Pastorek
August 27, 2010 AT 10:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: F. Scott SchaferDrunk-pop princess Ke$ha’s had a big ol’ year, one that’s set to culminate at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’s up for four Moonmen, and also performing.

Also also, the tall, blonde drink of vodka is one of the rising stars picked to shine alongside Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj in the VMA ad campaign, and her “road to the VMAs” — you can watch our exclusive premiere of the spot after the jump — is an appropriately trippy journey for this space cadet: Young Ke$ha is asleep on a giant bed inside what looks to be the mansion from the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” video, until she awakes to the strains of “Tik Tok” coming from outside the window. She plunges from the mansion’s balcony and… well, you’ll just have to watch it and see. And of course, weigh in below.

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday, September 12, at 9p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, live from the Nokia Theater in L.A.

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