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MTV Video Music Awards to make history with move to Brooklyn

MTV is set to make history later this year when it brings its annual celebration of music videos to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The 2013 Video Music Awards will be the first major annual award show to take place in the borough of Brooklyn, MTV announced today.

The VMAs got its start in the Big Apple — the first show was in New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1984 — but for the past three years, the show has been in Downtown Los Angeles, also relocating to Las Vegas, Miami, and back to Radio City Music Hall during its 29-year history. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Macklemore, Tegan and Sara do it for the kids at the MTVU Woodie Awards


There were so many decked out college kids at the MTVU Woodie Awards on Thursday, you’d think a ModCloth warehouse exploded somewhere nearby.

There were girls with neon face paint smeared across the bridges of their noses like hippie warpaint. There was a guy with a turtle shell strapped to his front and a stuffed Yoda doll hanging off his back. Someone was holding a giant pinwheel high in the crowd, and someone else was dancing with plastic flowers woven into her hair.

Everyone was getting hopped up on Mountain Dew. And no one had any patience for the slow songs. They wanted high kicks and laser lights and fog machines and, above all, somebody—anybody!—to shout, MAKE SOME NOISE!


My Morning Jacket's Jim James to headline Artists.MTV event at SXSW -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s only March, but many are already putting Jim James’ solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God in the running for their year-end lists, making the bearded My Morning Jacket messiah one of this year’s hottest SXSW acts.

So who better than a indie-country-folk-soul hybrid like James to headline an event hosted by the MTV/VH1/CMT trio? The sister music channels (who all share Viacom as a parent company) have announced the details of an SXSW showcase of their new Artists.MTV platform, including an impressive lineup of performers.

James will get top billing, with NYC indie-rockers Guards and LA’s Youngbood Hawke playing the two slots before him. Other acts including ZZ Ward, Elle King, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches are also scheduled to perform.

The party goes down the evening of March 12 at the Control Room in Austin. Check out the complete lineup below, and head to MTV.Artists for more information on the acts:


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to headline mtvU's Woodie Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

As SXSW approaches, so too does mtvU’s Woodie Awards, the network’s annual awards show spotlighting the valedictorians of the indie class.

The event has a knack for getting to rising acts early — last year’s performers included A$AP Rocky and Ed Sheeran, while previous editions featured and awarded the likes of Wiz Khalfia, the Killers, and Kanye West (what did that guy end up doing?).

This year’s Woodies will go down in Austin March 14, and the lineup looks just as promising: mtvU has tapped “Thrift Shop” duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to headline the show, with Brit-rocker Jake Bugg, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, and young NYC MC Joey Bada$$ rounding out the bill.


Ke$ha to debut MTV reality series in April

Jersey Shore may have ended, but another partygoer is lending her wild life to MTV: Ke$ha.

MTV announced late Tuesday that the pop singer will debut a documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, in April. READ FULL STORY

MTV's Europe Music Awards results: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift win big

North America, eff yeah! U.S. citizens and Canadians dominated MTV’s Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt last night, snagging awards in 11 out of 16 total categories. Newly single canuck Justin Bieber and native Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift had especially good nights, bringing home three globe-topped statuettes apiece. And as a bonus, the late Whitney Houston was honored with this year’s Global Icon award; previous winners include Bon Jovi and Queen. Check out a full list of winners below:

Biggest Fans: One Direction

Best Female: Taylor Swift

Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Best Male: Justin Bieber


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.”


MTV VMAs: Read our live-blog here!

Tonight, Carly Rae Jepsen could conceivably beat Frank Ocean and One Direction for Best New Artist. Taylor Swift may very well bring a chorus of Kennedys to sing backup when she performs a top-secret song from her new album. And 2 Chainz might wear more than two chains around his neck.

Truly, anything is possible at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. That’s why EW’s Adam Markovitz and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the whole event to make sure no miniature pop-culture milestone goes unremarked. Tune in to the VMAs pre-show at 7 pm ET and come back to this post at 7:30 for our expert commentary, complete with trivia, snap-judgment polls and a deep philosophical debate about the semantics of Rihanna’s “Cockiness.” See you there!


MTV VMAs 2012 Winners List: A complete rundown

Below, a full list of VMAs winners, updated live as the show airs:

Best Rock Video: Coldplay, “Paradise”

Video with a Message: Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”

Best EDM Video: Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”

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

Best Male Video: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”

Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

Best New Artist: One Direction

Video of the Year: Rihanna, “We Found Love”


The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

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