The star at this year’s Video Music Awards wasn’t Miley’s tongue or Nicki’s butt but something much more innocent as proven by the night’s most popular tweets: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy. READ FULL STORY
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Ariana Grande announced Wednesday during her TRL throwback special Total Ariana Live that she’ll perform her new single “Break Free” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24.
“Break Free” will be the second single from her upcoming sophomore album, My Everything, which arrives the day after the VMAs, on Aug. 25. The project has already gotten a huge boost from Grande’s biggest hit to date, the Iggy Azalea-featuring track “Problem.”
Live from Inglewood!
After visiting New York last year, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday that the show is returning to the West Coast this summer to become the first major awards ceremony broadcast from the storied Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
For decades, the “Fabulous Forum,” as it was known, hosted some of the world’s biggest musical talents, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones. But in recent years, the arena and its working-class neighborhood near the LA airport fell on hard times as newer, hipper venues gained favor.
Then, after a $100 million makeover, the Forum reopened in January as the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country. It has already hosted such acts as the Eagles and Justin Timberlake.
Since its inception, MTV’s Woodies Festival has acted as one of SXSW’s great clearinghouses of acts who are poised to break. Though the 1975, Childish Gambino, and Iggy Azalea held the headlining slots, the afternoon fest seemed built around only the second live performance for Jack Antonoff’s new band Bleachers.
The fun. guitarist’s side group dropped its first single “I Wanna Get Better” about a month ago, and it has been searching for a momentum push. Perhaps Antonoff should have chosen a better single — the borderline strident “I Wanna Get Better” appeared to be the outlier during Bleachers’ brief set, with the rest of the material made up of the sort of dark, slippery guitar pop that could score the best kind of John Hughes movie. As a band leader, Antonoff’s croon and cadence eerily match those of the Killers’ Brandon Flowers’, though considering Flowers is one of the great frontmen of this generation, that should probably be considered a compliment. Of the songs introduced, the ominous “Shadow” and the anthemic “Wild Heart” both sound like potential breakout hits, though if all else fails, they have a perfectly fine future as a Tom Petty cover band, since their run through “Don’t Come Around Here No More” was the highlight of the entire afternoon.
The other big breakout was Vic Mensa, the Chicago-based rapper who is a member of the Save Money crew alongside Chance the Rapper (among others). READ FULL STORY
Drake won top honors at MTV’s annual South By Southwest-based awards show Thursday night.
The Canadian rapper-singer-actor won Woodie of the Year, given to music’s top emerging artist, during the Woodie Awards in Austin.
Lil Wayne, who founded Drake’s label Young Money, shocked the crowd when he officially kicked off the show and dropped a verse from his own 2008 smash “A Milli.” He later accepted Drake’s award for him.
The 1975 took the breaking Woodie for best new artist. Chance the Rapper got best video Woodie for “Everybody’s Something” and Ed Sheeran earned the performing Woodie.
Macklemore talks about losing a friend to drugs, keeping his sobriety and more in MTVU special -- watch a clip here EXCLUSIVE
As much as the duo might be high on life (and Grammy fumes) right now, Macklemore has always been open about his past issues with substance abuse, and in a special , he talks specifically about losing a friend to addiction, and the advice he has for ones who are struggling.
The interview is part of “The Other Side,” an initiative launched by mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s “Half Of Us” campaign to help students deal with prescription drug abuse on college campuses.
Watch the two clips exclusively here:
Losing A Friend
What did you do when you turned 21? Was it a brief but torrid affair with tequila, or was it a quiet night at home racked by college graduation-related panic?
No matter how hard (or little) you raged, its unlikely that you commandeered a cable network when you arrived at legal drinking age. But apparently that’s what you get for the girl who has everything, as MTV will be handing the controls over to Miley Cyrus tomorrow, which is Cyrus’ birthday.
Starting at Noon, Cyrus will lord over an eight-hour block of programming that will begin with 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments, a compendium of the star’s time on the channel and a retrospective look at how she has evolved live on cable TV.
The day will include an extra-long version of the Miley: The Movement documentary from earlier this year as well as episodes of Cyrus’ favorite MTV shows Awkward. and Snooki and JWOWW. There will also be a smattering of music videos, and probably 10,000 spins of Cyrus twerking at this year’s Video Music Awards.
If the clip below is any indication, 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments might be fun. In it, Cyrus flashes back to a question she took about tattoos on TRL back in 2008. The now-tattooed Cyrus reveals that she might not have been 100 percent telling the truth in ’08, and lays out her needle philosophy below. READ FULL STORY
As your newsfeed has no doubt informed you several hundred times by now, Miley Cyrus sparked a J onstage Sunday night during MTV’s European Music Awards.
Meanwhile, MTV finds themselves in the good graces of a group that typically condemns them: The Parents Television Council. That group applauded MTV for editing out the footage of Cyrus smoking when the show was rebroadcast on Stateside MTV.
“Last night MTV made a responsible decision and they executed it perfectly,” PTC President and M.I.A. nemesis Tim Winter said. “It is unclear whether MTV’s actions suggest stricter content guidelines for its TV-14 programming, or whether this is just an example of the old saying that ‘even a broken clock is right twice each day.’ We certainly hope it is the former. We applaud MTV for taking responsible actions to eliminate the drug use from its U.S. broadcast, and we urge them to make that a uniform policy for all of its programming.” READ FULL STORY
Ever wanted to see Ke$ha twerk in front of her mother? It’s your lucky day.
The singer’s MTV docuseries Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life is about to enter season two, and according to the new trailer, it’s even nuttier than the pretty-damn-nutty first season. (Remember when she stalked her ex-boyfriend? That was weird! Wonder if he watches the show.)
Other than the twerking antics, the clip claims some great soundbites like, “I don’t want to date a man that wears more makeup than me,” “You know you’re doing something right when the Westboro Baptist Church pickets your show,” and “SHAAARK!” To be fair, there was a shark.
Check it out in the video below:
With all the twerking and *NSYNC reuniting going on at the MTV Video Music Awards, it was easy to overlook one of the stranger moments of the night.
During the introduction of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love,” A$AP Rocky took the stage with openly gay NBA player Jason Collins. Before throwing to Macklemore, Collins talked about his decision to come out, how it matched up with his grandmother’s work with the civil rights movement, and how stars like Macklemore were standing up for gay rights.
Once he was done, Rocky spoke up, and his delivery was… awkward. After plugging cohort A$AP Ferg’s new album Trap Lord, he stumbled through his introduction of Macklemore. “This next artist is a good friend of mine,” Rocky said. “He stands up for everything he believe in as far as everybody being equal—color, homosexuality.” After that, Rocky’s gestures and the look on his face seemed to say that he didn’t realize he was even in the shot, and the whole thing generally felt uncomfortable.
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” Rocky told The Stashed. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and s—, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family.”
He also noted that he was unsure what MTV was going for with the pairing. “I don’t give a f— if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this n—- when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?” Presumably they wanted Macklemore’s biggest TV performance yet to get the endorsement of a New York-based chart-topping rapper, so Rocky should feel good about being the gatekeeper for hip-hop cred.
What did you think of A$AP Rocky’s moment with Jason Collins at the VMAs? Did it seem odd to you, or were you too traumatized by foam fingers to notice?
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