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Taylor Swift in tears, Axl gone AWOL, Britney breaking out in a rash: MTV's top exec tells EW the stories behind the wildest moments in VMA history

Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards may have suffered from disappointing ratings (this year’s viewership was only half of last year’s all-time high 12.45 million) and a dearth of big wow moments, but there’s no shortage of bonkers events to look back on in the show’s past.

In fact, we recently caught up with MTV Music Group President Van Toffler to discuss some of the wildest, wooliest, and most unforgettable water-cooler moments from the VMAs’ nearly three-decade run — and got some previously unpublished revelations on everyone from Britney Spears (did you know that she wasn’t actually Madonna’s first-kiss choice back in 2003? Or that her 2001 snake-charming had a seriously unfortunate side effect?) to Kanye’s infamous speechus interruptus. Read on (with video links in the headers, when available).

Kanye Storms the Stage and Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)
Toffler: “There’s no way any of us could have predicted that — we didn’t orchestrate it. He came with a bottle of alcohol, so he was in a festive mood to begin with. But we all were in shock in the [production] truck when he walked up on stage and took the mic from Taylor. I remember turning to one of the producers and going, ‘Do we not have security?’ [But] we don’t put those big bulky guys on camera in front of the talent. Maybe this guy thought Kanye belonged on the stage.

I said to our line producer, ‘You need to go talk to Kanye and probably have him exit the building, and I will go deal with Taylor.’ And she was about to perform right after that break! She was a champ. I would be lying if I said she and her mom weren’t crying when I saw them, but she pulled it together. This was one of the most absurd VMA moments for me, having to talk to her and her mom, and they’re crying and upset, and this was her first time on the VMAs, and she had been used to working on country shows with polite artists. This was a little bit more chaotic than she was used to. And then I walked back behind the stage to find Beyoncé crying about the incident. Ultimately I talked to her and her dad and then went back to Taylor after her performance, and an hour later Beyoncé brought Taylor back out so she could have her moment.

It all played out okay in the end, but there was a lot of drama in between. Beyoncé had the wisdom to bring Taylor out on stage, and Taylor stayed to have her moment instead of leaving.”

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Stream Kanye's new single, 'Clique'

Kanye West isn’t always the easiest guy to like. He’s cocky. He was mean to Taylor Swift. He likes Kim Kardashian without being ironic.

And yet the man mints gold. It’s like he’s incapable of making bad music. Even 808’s and Heartbreak, which wasn’t that good, was pretty damn good. His new single, “Clique,” featuring guest appearances by Big Sean and new BFF Jay-Z, is no exception. Its off-kilter beat is fresh and invigorating, and West’s inventive lyrics are among his most clever: “You know white people / get money don’t spend it … I’d rather buy chains and go ign’ant.”

I won’t wax academic and call that poetry, but come on, it’s funny. It’s funny, and more importantly, it’s smart, because it’s self-aware and self-deprecating and comically accurate.

You win, yet again, Mr. West. You won with The College Dropout, the soundtrack to my sophomore year of high school. You won with Late Registration and the way my friends and I bonded over it like some kind of sacrament. You won with Graduation because you made pop music cool again. And you won with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy because Pitchfork gave it a 10.0. (808’s and Heartbreak was a draw.)

I wish I knew how to quit you.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian together at last (for the 98th time) in 'I Wish You Would/Cold' music video -- WATCH

The KimYe love train is moving along just fine, thank you very much.

Just  weeks after validating the seriousness of their romance with the ever-important reality TV bow, Kanye and his boo (or is it Kim and her beau?… the obstacles this relationship will have to overcome!) are back out showing the world just how much they really do love each other.  The milestone reached this time around?  A Kim music video cameo!

That’s right, you can go ahead and add “video vixen” to the ongoing list of the reality star’s many, many talents.

The freshly anointed “perfect bitch” graces the lens in the new clip for the Kanye and DJ Khaled collaboration ‘Theraflu ‘Cold,’ just as her man professes his devotion to her and his not-so-subtle distaste for her estranged NBA-star husband: “I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim/’round the same time she fell in love with him./Well that’s cool, baby girl,  do your thang/He’s just lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”

(That Kris Humphries diss is a reference to the fact that Kanye’s ‘Watch The Throne,’ wingman, Jay-Z, is a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Humphries’ current NBA squad — no sweat off Kris’s back, though.  As of today, we are happy to report that he is still a Net, and will be for the foreseeable future)

The Hype Williams-directed clip actually features two Kanye-led tracks–the first of which, ‘I Wish You Would,’ features Rick Ross and is set to appear on the upcoming Khaled album Kiss the Ring.

Check out the video below, and fast-forward to the 5:12 mark if you just can’t wait to see you some Kardashian magic.  Don’t blink, though, or you’ll miss her.  You know Kim…always has been a bit camera shy.

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Kevin Hart to host the MTV VMAs, releases announcement video with Kimye

Are you ready for the KKK to invade the MTV VMAs next month?

No, not that KKK — we mean host Kevin Hart and his besties Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The trio released a video on MTV.com today announcing that comedian and Think Like a Man star Hart would be hosting the Sept. 6 awards ceremony.

Given how strongly his stand-up specials perform, not to mention his role in this spring’s sleeper hit Think, it makes sense he’s finally going to get a large national platform. Hart, of course, has experience with these sort of events — he hosted last year’s BET Awards.

In the video, he pitches nicknames that he and Kimye can use collectively, starting with Kevyekim and ending with KKK. (Hart to Kardashian: “You got a white hoodie?”) Check it out in the video below:

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Kanye West's 'New God Flow' debuts online: Hear it here

Committed fans of Kanye West may have noticed something different about his opening performance at last Sunday’s BET Awards — namely, a new song.

‘Ye previewed a verse of “New God Flow” at the ceremony, but now the full song has shown up online in all its Pusha T-assisted glory. The Ghostface Killah-sampling track has an old-school Kanye flavor that’ll put smiles on the faces of College Dropout and Late Registration fans, while the song’s unmitigated swagger and dark edge will surely please those who loved My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and “Mercy.” Sorry, 808s and Heartbreak fans — no love for you!

Check out the new Kanye cut below and head to the comments to let us know what you think:
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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-‘Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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Maybach Music Group and the return of the compilation album

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It’s been a nondescript, if not painful (G-Unit still has me begging for mercy), decade for the hip-hop compilation album, but it looks like Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group have brought an end to the drought. Self Made Vol. 2, MMG’s critically acclaimed sophomore work, hit stores earlier this week, and all signs point to another conquest for Ross in his ever-so-noble pursuit of eternal wealth.

If you ask Ross about the recent praise, he’ll tell you that the album’s — and by that same token, the group’s — success is rooted in MMG’s organic feel. Now this is no shot at The Boss, but a listening of Self Made 2‘s brighter moments inspires no such feelings of purity.

Take “Power Circle,” MMG’s nine-and-a-half-minute manifesto and one of the album’s best tracks. Ross kicks things off with a head-scratching toast to the King of Pop, offers up an interesting cocaine math lesson, wraps it up with his trademark grunt, and steps out of the spotlight at the one-minute mark. (Well, we do see him walking around shirtless, but that’s beside the point.)

The next eight minutes are devoted to MMG’s young guns taking turns punishing the microphone with verbal blows in a battle royale for center stage. There’s not a catchy hook nor a consistent theme to be found. Rather, the track is carried by the lyrical talents and individual qualities of the artists: Meek Mill’s aggressive Philly flow, Wale’s crazy good rhymes, even Ross’s absurd proclamations. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'No Church in the Wild' video: Watch it here

It’s hard to watch the Throne if it isn’t there.

BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye released the official “No Church in the Wild” video late last night, making the track the third from their 2011 super-collaboration Watch the Throne to get a clip.

It is, however, the first that doesn’t involve an appearance from either rapper, or even guest crooner Frank Ocean.

Instead of kaleidoscopic wizardry and flashy, Aziz Ansari-approved sports cars, the bleakly shot, Romain Gavras-directed video focuses on a violent yet somehow vaguely boring uprising in the streets of Prague. Dissatisfied youth, aggressive police, burning cars — you get the idea.

While watching it, we were secretly wishing that one of the rioters would take off his bandana and reveal himself to be Jay or ‘Ye, ready to spice things up a bit. Alas, our prayers were not answered, and five minutes later, the video ends with… more rioting.

We’re not saying we have to see famous people in every music video, but when a project is basically built on megastar wattage like the Throne is, it wouldn’t hurt.

Take a peek at the “No Church in the Wild” video for yourself and let us know if you agree:

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BET Awards 2012: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z leads the nominations

Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West to premiere new short film at Cannes Film Festival

Part of Kanye West’s greatness lies in his ability to stand in two worlds at once. He’s both an impossibly rich frontrunner and a perpetual underdog.

And, of course, there’s this: In the same week he showed up in a trailer for the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Weezy will also debut his new short film Cruel Summer at the Cannes Film Festival.

The rapper announced today that he’ll present the film at the festival on Wednesday. West and his creative collective DONDA will screen the “short art film” out of competition in Cannes. The release promises “a fusion of short film and art installation” and an “immersive seven-screen experience.” It will remain open to the public for two days following its premiere.

Here’s the big question: People love to boo everything at Cannes, so if West’s latest venture doesn’t meet with their approval, will the notoriously thin-skinned rapper lose his cool? Either way, he did help sway the French presidential election. READ FULL STORY

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