MTV’s Video Music Awards are always an exciting event: It’s where Beyoncé once revealed her pregnancy, where Madonna kissed Britney, where Kanye rudely stole Taylor’s thunder. This year, Beyoncé is returning to the MTV stage to receive the Video Vanguard Award, Nicki Minaj is performing “Anaconda” with reptile guest stars, and Aussie boy band 5 Seconds to Summer are making their VMAs debut. And EW’s own Hillary Busis and Marc Snetiker will be live-blogging every minute of it.
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Psychics don’t have anything on The Onion, because as it turns out, Miley Cyrus’ use of teddy bears and one very inappropriate foam finger was something we all should’ve seen coming. Basically, last night’s performance could’ve been prevented … if only we had listened to The Onion‘s broadcast warning against the over-use of the one-time Hannah Montana star.
In a 2008 video, The Onion predicted that “at current usage levels, Miley Cyrus will be drained of entertainment value by 2013.” Apparently, Miley was once considered a “potent entertainment source” that we were “burning through” by putting her on television, toys, clothing and more.
But we just didn’t listen. And now, just as the video predicted, the “down-to-earth Miley who likes text messaging with her friends and playing guitar in her bedroom will be wiped off the earth forever.”
After last night, it’s safe to say Miley has hit “Is she too wild?” levels.
Watch the entire Onion video below: READ FULL STORY
The VMAs seating chart pairs Lady Gaga with Katy Perry: We imagine their conversation (or lack thereof) and more
After seeing a few photos and a video of the seating chart for this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, we couldn’t help but dream of the music-video awards show’s riff on a high school cafeteria. For one, dueling divas Lady Gaga and Katy Perry will sit in forced proximity throughout the three-hour event. Below, we consider five of the most potentially awkward-yet-entertaining possibilities.
This year’s Video Music Awards celebrity gift bags are as swaggerific, peculiar, and as coveted as the talent that will get them. From candles to condoms, MTV has its stars (and some fans) hooked up with the essentials. Here are some of the items that stand out.
Snacks and tunes — No celebrity diet would be complete without Hot Pockets. I mean, have you tried the limited edition four cheese garlic pasta bake; it tastes like carb heaven. And no celebrity music diet would be complete without Snoop’s dope beats. So in addition to crispy pocket pastry goodness, the company will also gift stars customized iPods with Snoop’s latest music. We’re not ”lion.”
Condoms – Trojan is giving away condoms to ensure that stars have a safe but satisfying VMA experience.
Recycled booze – This year’s goody bag seems to have a green theme. Some of the items include recycled objects, including a Bombay Sapphire gin bottle-turned-drinking-glass-and-necklace courtesy of BottleHood.
Recycled beats – Wear Your Music is giving out bracelets made with guitar strings, the ideal craft project for young, party-lovin’ musicians.
Designer duds — NIKKI RICH’s printed tops, Robbie French Designs’ vintage belts, Stone Rose’s button-downs, Rep the Code’s t-shirts, and Timbuk2’s messenger bags are some of the designer items we’d like to get our hands on.
Now smell this — ”One” may be Calvin Klein’s signature fragrance (and the most successful unisex scent to date), but the almost 20-year-old fragrance doesn’t seem hip enough for the VMAs. CK “One Shock” may have been a better choice.
Nostalgia overload– Nickelodeon and New Era are giving away “official” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles snapback hats. Yeah, I can see Lady Gaga rocking that.
What do you think of the bag’s contents? Are you jealous of the stars or don’t care for the goodies?
MTV moves up VMAs to avoid conflict with Obama’s DNC speech
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Tonight, you could gawk at one of the year’s biggest pageants, a spectacle featuring bold-faced names performing for an audience of celebrities and fashion victims… or you could watch the Video Music Awards. Nailed it!
True, MTV has moved up the VMAs so they don’t conflict with President Obama’s speech in the 10 p.m. hour. But watching the awards instead of the convention would still mean missing big moments like a speech from noted politician Eva Longoria, remarks delivered by World’s Least Boring Man John Kerry, and countless Joe Biden reaction shots. Then again, if you pick the convention, you risk not knowing which stars are pregnant and which ones are draped in snakes or desperation or whatever.
Decisions, decisions! Luckily, EW is here to help determine which major television event is right for you. Here’s our handy-dandy guide:
The President of the United States is due a certain amount of deference when it comes to television appearances — and everything else, really — but Barack Obama has a habit of inadvertently big-footing his way on the tube. Take, for instance, his impromptu press conference to announce the death of Osama bin Laden: he went live with his speech just as Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice finale was nearing its climax on the east coast. Obviously that was a coincidence, but it’s far from the only time POTUS has frustrated the networks.
Fans of The Bachelorette were just about to see Constantine bail on Ashley when the president interrupted to talk about the debt ceiling last July. A Cougar Town episode was postponed when the prez’s January 2011 speech about the Tucson shootings ran long. And Bones nearly had to scrap its 2009 season finale because of one of the president’s early state-of-the-economy chats.
But now, he’s simply gone too far! President Obama is scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination for a second term on Sept. 6 — the same night as MTV’s Video Music Awards. READ FULL STORY
meat dress at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres she meant no disrespect to vegans or vegetarians. “It has many interpretations — but for me, this evening, it’s that if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones. AND I am not a piece of meat.”Lady Gaga made headlines after sporting a
Okay, so Gaga didn’t entirely clear up the big question marks surrounding that evening’s fashion choice. Nor did she say anything about the future of her raw dress. Lady Gaga probably wouldn’t be caught wearing the same outfit twice, and this isn’t the sort of look that just retires to the back of your closet. (Unless, of course, your closet is some sort of meat-packing plant.)
The designer of the dress, Franc Fernandez, set the record straight when he told the MTV style blog the dress was, in fact, intended to be worn only once. But the now infamous meat garment is not headed for life in a deep freezer. Instead, “the dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of ‘jerky’ and will be archived,” Fernandez told E!. Yum?
The thought of anyone eating Lady Gaga’s meat dress-turned-jerky grosses me out. Am I the only one? And does this mean there’s a jerky dress in our future? Let’s hope not.
Well, this could be interesting: EW has confirmed that rapper Kanye West will return to SNL on Oct. 2. (West will serve as musical guest; Bryan Cranston will be the host.)
Funny that West agreed to make an appearance on the show he so blatantly dissed (“F— SNL and the whole cast”) in his song “Power.” (The variety show poked fun at the rapper after his memorable interruption at the 2009 Video Music Awards — West wasn’t too happy about it. Hence the choice language in the song.)
I can only imagine the possible shenanigans of mixing West with live TV. That said, do you think he’ll be down with whatever SNL throws his way? Or will he provide us with the next “Kanye said WHAT?” post on EW.com?
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