Even though their song was #1 on the Hot 100 for several weeks in a row, Rihanna won’t be able to make it to tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards to perform “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem (who’s opening the show) due to her being in Hawaii on the set of her new movie “Battleship.”

Peep what she told Entertainment Tonight below:

“I definitely wish I could be there for Eminem,” she tells ET. “He’s performing the song we did together. It would have been nice to do it, but he understands. Obviously right now I’m doing something that is a priority to me. The VMAs will be there next year. I’ll have a lot more music out by then.”

GOOD! Maybe someone with some REAL SINGING ABILITY will be able to fill in for tonight’s performance and make the song that much better??? Don’t get us wrong, the song is great but it’d be even better if we didn’t have to hear Rihanna wail all over the hook.

Your thoughts?

UPDATE: Looks like ol’ 5-head RiRi decided to make her way to Los Angeles and add her name to the bill of performers at the last minute. Oh goody…

Rihanna is not only performing at tonight’s 2010 MTV VMAs — she’s closing opening the show!!! Sources exclusively reveal to JustJared.com that the 22-year-old “Only Girl In The World” singer will hit the stage to perform her hit single “Love The Way You Lie” with Eminem from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. In fact, they are rehearsing right now!