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Monday
Aug252014

Miley Wins "Video of the Year," Doesn't Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTVAfter last year's twerk heard 'round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset -- and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action.

Miley's "Wrecking Ball" clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips -- from "Fancy" to "Happy" to "Drunk in Love" -- to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said he was accepting the award for the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths who are starving, lost and scared right now." 

While Miley watched from the side, tearing up, Jesse went on to note that L.A., the entertainment capital of the world, has a disproportionate number of young homeless people.  He then invited everyone to visit Miley's Facebook page to see how they could help.  She's asking her fans to donate money for "My Friend's Place," a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.

It was the second truly "serious" moment in a night that's usually all about flashy, raunchy, over-the-top performances.  The first came when rapper Common mentioned Ferguson, Missouri, which has been a hotbed of protests and occasional violence since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot by a police officer there in early August. 

"The people have used their voices to call for justice and change, and to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters," said Common, noting that hip-hop has "always been about truth, and a powerful instrument for social change."  Before handing out the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, he called for a moment of silence for Brown, "and for peace in this country and in the world."  During the show, a brief public service announcement about Ferguson was also shown.

Of course, there were plenty of flashy, raunchy and over-the-top performances, too, starting with the three-way diva-off of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who opened the show.   Ariana emerged from a rocket ship to sing "Break Free," followed by Nicki in a green bikini, rapping a heavily censored "Anaconda" and twerking like nobody's business.  Jessie J then emerged to start up "Bang Bang," and was joined by Ariana and Nicki, who had a serious wardrobe malfunction and spent the number clutching a scanty black dress around her so it wouldn't fall off.

Another performance highlight was Taylor Swift's first performance of "Shake It Off," which she sang wearing a two-piece, midriff-baring fringed sequin number, accompanied by dancing acrobatic men in tuxedos and female backup singers.  At one point, she ascended to the top of a giant "1989" sign onstage -- that's the title of her album -- looked over the edge and said, "Nuh, uh. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there. All kinds of people are getting bit by snakes...it's dangerous!"  That was a reference to the fact that, during rehearsal, one of Nicki Minaj's backup dancers was, in fact, bitten by a snake.  She's OK, though.

It was a great night for British and Australian acts -- and we're including Lorde in there, even though she's technically from New Zealand. She took home the Best Rock Video Moonman, accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech and then quickly apologizing.  Brit Ed Sheeran won Best Male Video for "Sing," and Brit Sam Smith absolutely slayed with his beautiful, stripped-down rendition of "Stay With Me."  Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer performed "Amnesia" and won the Best Lyric Video award, while Aussie Iggy Azalea stopped the show with her dramatic rendition of "Black Widow," which she sang with Rita Ora.

Maroon 5, in their first-ever VMA performance, took things outside, playing "Maps" in the parking lot in front of thousands of fans underneath an enormous, lit-up "M."  They also played a bit of "One More Night" as well.

Of course, the performance to end all performances came from Beyonce, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  It was presented to her by her husband, Jay Z, who was holding their daughter, Blue Ivy . He referred to her as "our greatest living entertainer," and a tearful Beyonce said, "I am filled with so much gratitude. Blue, I love you. My beloved..." -- referring to Jay Z --  "...I love you.  My fans, I love you. MTV, I love you!"  Then, she, Jay and Blue all walked offstage together.  They didn't look like they were heading to the divorce attorney, either.

As for Bey's performance, she basically sang her entire self-titled album.  She performed for about 15 minutes, running through, in rapid succession, "Mine," "Haunted," "No Angel," "Jealous," "Blow," "Drunk In Love," "Rocket," "Partition," "Flawless," "Yonce," "Blue" and, finally, "XO," which the audience sang along with her.  She wore the same costume, but moved through a series of different sets, with dancers, video screens and lights creating a different distinct mood for each number.  The show ended after her performance and acceptance, because really, how could you follow that?

Beyonce was the biggest winner on the night, taking home three trophies in addition to the Video Vanguard Award.



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Monday
Aug252014

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Courtesy MTVHere's a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs:

--Ariana Grande opened the show with "Break Free," emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang "Anaconda" and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off "Bang Bang" and both women joined her...the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for "Problem" -- it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels.

--Katy Perry won Best Female Video for "Dark Horse." She arrived at the VMAs with Riff Raff, who appears on the remix of her hit "This Is How We Do." They were both wearing matching Versace denim, in an homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's famous matching denim outfits from the 2001 VMAs.  Later, Katy enjoyed watching Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform "Dark Horse," since she co-wrote it.  We saw her in the audience, singing along.

--There was no host, but SNL's Jay Pharoah was on hand to do some of his famous impressions, including Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.  While the real Kanye wasn't there, his wife Kim Kardashian was, and she was wearing a top so plunging that it was a wonder it actually stayed on.  Demi Lovato also wore a super-plunging outfit, as did Jordin Sparks.

--In addition to performing "Shake It Off" for the first time on TV (see related story) Taylor Swift enjoying hanging in the front row with her BFF Lorde, who picked up her first Moonman and introduced Taylor's performance to boot, calling it "the beginning of her brand-new era." The two were seen singing along and dancing in their seats during a number of performances.

--Dressed all in white, Usher was the hardest-working man in showbiz at the VMAs.  While performing "She Came to Give It To You." he danced, sang, played bass guitar and slapped and bumped Nicki Minaj's booty.  By the end of the performance, he was sweating like a pig and looked exhausted.

--Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's performance of "Black Widow" was a huge production, with a string quartet onstage, a huge web hanging in the background, coordinating black spiderweb catsuits, and tons of backup dancers.  Jordin Sparks and Taylor Swift were seen singing along to every word.  As she strode around the stage confidently, you'd never guess that Iggy actually fell off the stage Friday night at a pre-VMA charity concert.

--One big surprise of the night was girl group Fifth Harmony winning the fan-voted MTV Artist to Watch category, beating out Sam Smith, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer and Schoolboy Q. "Oh my God, we didn't think we would win, this is amazing!" said the X Factor alums, who thanked Simon Cowell, among others.

--Chris Brown was seen laughing in the audience, evidently not too concerned about the fact that rap impresario Suge Knight was shot several times at his pre-VMA party on Saturday night.

--An unexpected, though brief, tribute to Robin Williams was shown: Coldplay's hit "A Sky Full of Stars" played over a montage of photos of the late actor and comedian, who died on August 11.

--The entire final segment of the show was given over to Beyonce, and if it was meant to show that her marriage to Jay Z was still going strong, it worked.  The couple and their daughter Blue Ivy couldn't have looked any more loved up as they walked offstage together at the end of the lengthy performance and Bey's emotional acceptance speech.


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Friday
Sep072012

Rihanna Takes Video of the Year at 2012 MTV VMAs

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Going into Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards, expectations were high, as viewers wondered if the network could top last year's extravaganza, featuring Beyonce's pregnancy announcement, Lady Gaga in drag, and Adele blowing the roof off the joint.  In the end, it proved an impossible task; the 2012 VMAs didn't even come close -- but it wasn't for lack of trying. 

There were big stars, over-the-top performances and crazy outfits, but things seemed to fall a bit flat.  Even this year's red carpet pregnancy announcement -- rapper Wiz Khalifa announcing that his fiancee Amber Rose was expecting -- just didn't have quite the same impact as Beyonce's big reveal.

The big winners were One Direction, who scooped three trophies: one during the pre-show for Most Shareworthy Video, and then two more during the show: Best Pop Video and Best New Artist.  It was an unsurprising turn of events, since most of the awards were fan-voted.

The British boy band also made their VMA debut performing their hit "One Thing" -- during that performance, Katy Perry was seen putting her head on her BFF Rihanna's shoulder and singing along dreamily into her ear.

Speaking of Rihanna, she grabbed the coveted Video of the Year trophy for "We Found Love," fighting off stiff competition from the likes of Perry and Gotye. 

Shouting out to her fans, who she calls the Rihanna Navy, the singer said, "It's Navy or die!  It's me and y'all 'til we go!"

Rihanna also opened the show with a remix of her song "Cockiness (Love It)" featuring rapper A$AP Rocky.  She started the performance sitting in a giant throne in the shape of a snake's head, which had green lasers shooting out of its eyes.  Then Rihanna left her throne and waded into the audience, segueing into "We Found Love" as the crowd completely surrounded her and big white balloons rained down from the ceiling.

Calvin Harris, who wrote and produced the song and was serving as house deejay for the evening, provided musical accompaniment for Rihanna from a giant silver futuristic deejay booth.  He'd picked up his own Moonman for Best Electronic Dance Video during the pre-show ceremony for "Feels So Close."

Pink also got down into the crowd at one point during her performance of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."  She began by singing a bit of her early hit "Get the Party Started" and then "flew" over the crowd, with the help of a harness, to another stage, where she kicked into "Blow Me," accompanied by giant dancing lips that shot confetti into the crowd.  

Later, Lil Wayne crowd-surfed during his performance of "No Worries," and even Taylor Swift fell into the arms of the fans during the show's finale.

Green Day, the only actual band that played during the ceremony, delivered their new song "Let Yourself Go" from the floor of the Staples Center, also surrounded by fans, who then rushed in to mob them at the invitation of front man Billie Joe Armstrong.

Alicia Keys debuted her new song "Girl on Fire" and was joined by two special guests: Nicki Minaj, who ended her verse by rapping, "Cause I win the gold like Gabby," and then gold-medal-winning Olympian Gabby Douglas herself, who did a few handsprings and flips around the stage during the performance.

Taylor Swift closed the show with the TV debut of her smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which featured her strutting defiantly with a big crowd of dancers, some of which were wearing animal costumes just like in the song's video.

The only truly sedate performance was Frank Ocean's emotional reading of his song "Thinkin Bout You."  He performed it on a burning stage, accompanied by a lone guitarist.  MTV said it was one of the most tweeted-about moments in the show.

Other points of interest:

  • Some who predicted fireworks because Rihanna, Drake and Chris Brown were all in the same room were disappointed.  Each of the three took home their very own Moonman -- Drake snagged Best Hip Hop Video while Chris won Best Male Video.
  • The one gross-out moment of the show came when Bridesmaids and Bachelorettes actress Rebel Wilson came out onstage wearing a t-shirt that made her look like she was wearing a bikini with a, shall we say, extremely overgrown pubic area.  She made jokes about sleeping with all five members of The Wanted, who were onstage with her, and then added that she'd changed her mind and was going to go home and "finish herself off" instead.
  • Host Kevin Hart was largely ineffectual.  His monologue, which was about people making mistakes, encompassed the Chris Brown/Drake feud, Kristen Stewart's affair and Frank Ocean's decision to come out, wasn't very funny at all, and his manic persona throughout the show didn't add anything.
  • The one big surprise of the night came when Nicki Minaj won Best Female Video over Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.
  • An exclusive trailer for Breaking Dawn Part 2 was presented by the cast of Twilight and though Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were there to introduce it, Kristen Stewart was nowhere to be seen.

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Friday
Sep072012

MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Full List of Winners

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Here’s a list of winners for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, held Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

Video of the Year
Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake f/ Lil Wayne, “HYFR”

Best New Artist
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

Best Female Video
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

Best Male Video

Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Best Electronic Dance Music Video

Calvin Harris, “Feels So Close”

Best Video with a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”

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Thursday
Sep062012

Song of the Summer: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing "Call Me Maybe" this summer. With 5.5 million downloads sold and nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com announced Thursday that the catchy hit is the official "Song of the Summer."

Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. Jepsen's competition includes Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," One Direction for "What Makes You Beautiful," the Wanted for "Glad You Came" and Fun, featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young."

Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote.

"I think she is certainly a favorite to win," Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. "It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don't really like pop couldn't resist it, and it was just inescapable."

Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.

"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction," she told MTV. "Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy."

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Moonman Maybe? Carly Rae Jepsen Up for Best New Artist at VMAs

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing "Call Me Maybe" this summer. Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards.

Jepsen's competition includes Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," One Direction for "What Makes You Beautiful," The Wanted for "Glad You Came" and fun. featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young." Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote.

"I think she is certainly a favorite to win," Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. "It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don't really like pop couldn't resist it, and it was just inescapable."

Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.

"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction," she told MTV. "Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy."

"Even to be listed among those names is honestly just crazy to me. I'm a big fan of all of them," Jepsen said.

But since breaking out "Call Me Maybe" last year, Jepsen has yet to have another solo single, leaving many wondering if she's destined to be a one-hit wonder. Greene said perhaps "Call Me Maybe" became too big a hit.

"It was just a little too out there, and I think people are thinking all right enough of this thing," Greene said. "When artists break with a song that big it can be hard to get out of the shadow of it."

The singer's album Kiss comes out Sept. 18. Jepsen, 26, needs just one more great song for the album to move on, Greene said. She is getting there with the hit "Good Time," which she performs with Owl City. Greene said the fact that Jepsen can write could help her career, but her failure to define herself, the way Britney Spears has, could hurt her.

"It's just tough when you're teen pop," Greene said. "Miley Cyrus seemed to be the biggest thing in the world, and now she makes straight-to-DVD movies. It can be a swift fall, particularly if you mature in the wrong way as she seemed to."

Winning the VMA for Best New Artist hasn't always proved to be all that important, Greene said. In recent years, stars such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have gone home with the Moonman and gone on to international success. But in 2008, Tokio Hotel, who beat out major stars Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift for the award, disappeared from the main stage. Greene believes if Jepsen does walk away with the Moonman, it won't really matter.

"I don't think Bieber was helped or hurt that much by it," Greene said. "I don't think Tokio Hotel was really helped by it."

Jepsen's biggest competition is One Direction, Greene said, which, unlike Jepsen, has a passionate fan base.

But if Jepsen does walk away with the award, it won't help in her journey to move on from "Call Me Maybe," Greene said, because the VMAs are not that important anymore.

"The VMAs now aren't what they used to be," he said. "They [MTV] don't even seem to be making a huge deal out of them this year. Three years ago, there would be commercials for months, billboards everywhere, you couldn't get away. They're giving awards to videos that they never show. It's this weird disconnect."

"Their [MTV] priorities are in Jersey Shore and Teen Mom," Greene said. "This [VMAs] just seems like something they have to do."

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Tuesday
Jul312012

2012 MTV Video Music Award Nominees Announced

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(NEW YORK) -- Nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were revealed Tuesday morning on MTV.com.  The trophies will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 6, live on MTV.

Here are the nominees in major categories.  For the full list of nominees, check out MTV.com.

Video of the Year
Drake f/ Rihanna, "Take Care"
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
M.I.A., "Bad Girls"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best Pop Video
fun. f/ Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young"
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best Rock Video
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Coldplay, "Paradise"
Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"
Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines"
Linkin Park, "Burn It Down"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, "Heartbeat"
Drake f/ Lil Wayne, "HYFR"
Kanye West f/ Pusha T, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
Nicki Minaj f/ 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap
Watch the Throne, "Paris"

Best New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
fun. f/ Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young"
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
The Wanted, "Glad You Came"

Best Female Video
Beyoncé, "Love on Top
Katy Perry, "Part of Me"
Nicki Minaj, "Starships"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"

Best Male Video
Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
Drake f/ Rihanna, "Take Care"
Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
Usher, "Climax"

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Avicii, "Le7els"
Calvin Harris, "Feels So Close"
Duck Sauce, "Big Bad Wolf"
Martin Solveig, "The Night Out"
Skrillex, "First of the Year (Equinox)"

Best Video with a Message
Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"
Gym Class Heroes f/ Ryan Tedder, "The Fighter"
Kelly Clarkson, "Dark Side"
K'Naan f/ Nelly Furtado, "Is Anybody Out There?"
Lil Wayne, "How to Love"
Rise Against, "Ballad of Hollis Brown"

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Tuesday
Aug302011

Beyonce's Pregnancy Lights Up Twitter, Sets Record

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When it comes to Twitter, world events apparently have nothing on Beyonce's baby bump.

Twitter announced that on Sunday night, the news of Beyonce revealing her pregnancy on the MTV Video Music Awards generated a record 8,868 tweets per second.

The previous holder of the record for number of tweets per second was the U.S. women's soccer team game against Japan back in July.  During the final moments of the game, the event generated 7,196 tweets per second.

By comparison, TechCrunch.com reports that the death of Osama Bin Laden inspired 5,106 tweets per second, Super Bowl 2011 generated 4,064 tweets per second, and England's Royal Wedding generated 3,966 tweets per second.  During the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March, there were 5,530 tweets per second generated.

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Monday
Aug292011

Beyonce on Motherhood: Last Year, Singer Said She Wasn't Ready

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Awards shows have become a treasure trove of embarrassing, shocking and show-stopping moments, but the buzz from Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards is not Lady Gaga's morphing into a male alter ego -- it's Beyonce's baby bump.

The pop superstar set off a flurry of excitement before the show began when she announced on the red carpet that she had a "surprise." Then, at the conclusion of a roaring performance of her song "Love on Top," she placed her hands around her belly to show a protruding baby bump.

The admission of her pregnancy, later confirmed by Beyonce's spokesperson, ended years of rumors that she and husband Jay-Z were expecting their first child together.

In an exclusive interview in November 2010, Beyonce, who turns 30 in September, told ABC News Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden that she was not ready to be a mother.

"It's difficult because one day I'm going to decide to have a child, and I want people to be excited, and they're going to be like, 'Lord, OK, she's been pregnant 25 times,'" Beyonce said at the time. "I definitely want to have a child and be a mother. But that happens when it's time, and when I plan it and when my husband plans it."

Career-driven, Beyonce said she still had more she wanted to accomplish before becoming a mother.

"There are certain things I want to do so I can really focus on being a mother," Beyonce said. "But I still am in such a great place in my career. I feel like I should wait 'til I'm really, really ready."

It will be the first child for Beyonce and rap mogul Jay-Z, 41. The couple has been married since 2008.

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Monday
Aug292011

Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone: Brilliant or Creepy?

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- We've gotten used to seeing Lady Gaga in improbable heels, lace headdresses and see-through leotards. Even the infamous meat dress wasn't that much of a surprise.

But her showing at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night provoked more than a momentary eyebrow raise. As Jo Calderone, a poor man's James Dean with a Joisey accent, Gaga offered a lengthy monologue on fame, fell off a piano, and attempted to make out with Britney Spears.

Like all her stunts, it left an impression. But beyond that, was it...brilliant? Creepy? Or something else entirely?

The VMA audience couldn't turn away. Spears gaped watching Gaga's opening speech; British singer Adele looked genuinely concerned when she tumbled off a piano during the guitar-heavy rendition of "You and I."

It's actually not the first time Gaga has brought out her male alter-ego. Last year, she gave an interview and posed for Vogue Japan as Jo Calderone; she also dressed up as him for the cover of her single "You and I."

But she took the act to another level at the VMAs.

Gaga reportedly used the men's restroom at Los Angeles' Nokia Live Theatre all day Sunday. And before presenting Spears with the video vanguard award, she confessed, "I used to hang posters of her on my wall and touch myself while I was laying in bed." She then leered at Spears and moved in for a kiss but got shot down: "I've done that already," Spears said, referencing her mini-makeout with Madonna at the 2003 VMAs.

Alter egos aren't new in the music world -- even the queen of this year's VMAs, baby-on-board Beyonce, toyed with an alternate persona in the past. For critics, Gaga's stunt was a departure from the norm, and that's worth praise.

"As the night wore on, the character became a little tiresome, not to mention inconsistent," mused Michael Musto, culture critic for the Village Voice. "But I thought it was a pretty bold step, even if a lot of the folks in the blogosphere are screaming 'Annie Lennox ripoff!'"

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