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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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Monday
Aug252014

MTV VMAs Winners List

Courtesy MTVHere are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP-HOP
Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
 
BEST MALE
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"
 
BEST FEMALE
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"
 
BEST POP
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
 
BEST ROCK
Lorde -- “Royals”
 
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Beyoncé -- “Pretty Hurts”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia -- "Chandelier"

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"

BEST ART DIRECTION
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"


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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

Obama Uses MTV to Draw Young Viewers to Speech

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- President Barack Obama is turning to MTV to get young people to tune in for his speech Thursday night at the Democratic Party's national convention.

Obama's campaign is running a television ad Thursday night at the end of the cable channel's annual movie awards show. It will air just minutes before the president is to speak.

The ad is titled "Gotta Tune In" and encourages viewers to switch channels and watch the president accept his party's nomination.

Obama is scheduled to speak during the 10 o'clock hour in the Eastern time zone.

The award show runs for two hours, so it will overlap with much of the convention’s final night in Charlotte, N.C. This year, though, MTV executives decided to move the show up an hour from its normal 9 p.m.-to-11 p.m. time slot so it would end before Obama’s 10 p.m. nomination acceptance speech.

“We knew that the DNC was taking place [this] week, so we planned on airing the show during an earlier time-frame,” an MTV spokesperson told ABC News. “The VMAs mark one of the biggest nights of the year for MTV, and it’s critical that we use the show as a platform to encourage youth voter participation.”

MTV News and the “Power of 12″ campaign have teamed up to cover both the Republican and Democratic conventions, and the network live-streamed Gov. Mitt Romney’s Republican acceptance speech last week on MTV.com, MTVNews.com and Powerof12.org. It will, likewise, live stream Obama’s acceptance speech online Thursday night starting at 9:45.

Throughout the show, MTV will encourage young people to register and vote, but it will not plug Obama’s live stream speech, according to network officials.

Obama's advantage with young people propelled him to victory in 2008. His campaign is seeking to maintain high levels of support among younger voters, even as they face an uncertain economy and shaky market.

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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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Friday
Aug262011

MTV Viewers Crown Michael Jackson King of the VMAs

Michael Jackson performs at the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 7, 1995. Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Was it Lady Gaga in a meat dress accepting a Moonman trophy from Cher? Madonna's on-stage smooch with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera? Or the moment when Kanye West stole the microphone from Taylor Swift to tell the world Beyonce should have won instead?

MTV left it to the viewers to decide their all-time favorite MTV Video Music Awards moments from the show's past 28 years. Some 15 million people voted in the poll and, today, MTV gave ABC’s Good Morning America an exclusive sneak peek at the results.

The 2011 show will air live from Los Angeles Sunday at 9 p.m. with a lineup that includes Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Adele, in her first ever VMA performance, and pop heavyweights Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj battling it out to take home the Moonman.

Sunday's show will also include a special tribute for VMA favorite Britney Spears, to be delivered by Madonna.

"I guarantee you there will be a surprise moment," MTV host Sway told ABC News. "I guarantee you will watch this show with your mouth wide open."

Most Iconic VMA Performance
For MTV voters, it was all about the King of Pop. Voters singled out Michael Jackson as their "Most Iconic" for the medley of songs he sang in 1995. Jackson singing and dancing to "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Scream," "Beat It" and "Smooth Criminal" picked up 57 percent of the vote, beating the likes of Madonna with "Like a Virgin" in 1984 and Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" from 2009.

Wildest VMA Outfit Ever
The flashy purple pantsuit-and-pastie ensemble worn by rapper Lil Kim in 1999 beat out even Lady Gaga's meat dress and a cleavage-defying gown worn by JLo to take the wildest outfit title. Lil Kim's ensemble, which left one breast exposed except for a pastie over her nipple, was picked by 39 percent of voters as the wildest outfit ever worn to the VMAs, besting Britney Spears' black leather biker ensemble from 2002.

Most Outrageous VMA Moment
It was the kiss heard around the world in 2003 when Madonna leaned in for a quick smooch with Christina Aguilera and then an even-steamier kiss with Spears during a show opening, wedding-themed performance of Madonna's "Like a Virgin." Spears herself told MTV News that her favorite VMA memory was that infamous lip-lock with Madonna. "My greatest experience -- probably being with Madonna," she told the network. "The kiss was amazing... Being onstage with someone of that caliber is just iconic." Spears is up for two Moonmen at the 2011 VMAs, including Best Pop Video and Best Choreography.

Best VMA Rock Performance
The Killers' performance of their hit "Mr. Brightside" in 2005 was the favorite rock performance of 47 percent of MTV viewers, topping the likes of performances by Nirvana, Oasis and Blink-182.

Best VMA Hip-Hop Performance
Eminem, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg onstage together was all it took for them to walk away with the Hip-Hop trophy. The trio's performance of "My Name Is," "Guilty Conscience" and "Nuthin' But a G Thang" in 1999 beat out everything from a 1980s performance by Run DMC and Aerosmith to Outkast, the Beastie Boys and Jay-Z with Alicia Keys.

Best VMA Pop Performance
Fittingly, viewers gave the Best Pop Performance crown to the artist known as the "King of Pop." Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009 from a drug overdose, got the nod for best pop performance with the same medley of hits that won him the "Most Iconic Performance" crown from viewers. Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, TLC and even his own sister, Janet Jackson, who performed a tribute to Michael the year he died, all came in far behind the "King of Pop" in this category too.

Best Video of the Year Winner of the 2000s
Panic! At The Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" pulled a surprise, beating videos from Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyonce to win the Best VMA Video of the 2000s. The single from their 2006 debut album also won the Las Vegas band an MTV Video of the Year award that same year, and launched them into a headlining tour.

Best Video of the Year Winner of the 1990s

The '90s were all about groups and bands so it's fitting that the all-female trio TLC won for their video for "Waterfalls." Who can forget the images, after all, of T-Boz, Chili, and Left Eye immersed in water, moving their arms in their signature dance move to the 1995 hit single from their second album "CrazySexyCool."

Best Video of the Year Winner of the 1980s
Videos were just hitting the music scene in the 1980s and no one did it better, according to MTV viewers, than INXS with their hit "I Need You Tonight."

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