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MTV 2011 VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are in the books, and while the show as a whole felt a little scattered and unfocused, there were indeed some high points. Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, and Bruno Mars gave Amy Winehouse an excellent tribute, Beyoncé capped off a great performance with a nice little revelation about the future of her family, and Adele tore down the house with her stunning, jaw-dropping run through “Someone Like You.”

But there were a handful of amazing moments that happened between MTV’s rapid-fire camera cuts and commercial breaks. Luckily, I was inside the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live and can report the eight greatest things you probably missed during the show. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z and Kanye West making surprise VMA performance? They probably should have advertised that

Considering he has made the show so memorable in the past two years, and he also has an extremely high-profile album out and a tour to promote, it seemed a little bit strange that Kanye West’s name wasn’t on the guest list for tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards. But according to one report, West will be making a surprise appearance on stage with his Watch the Throne tag-team partner Jay-Z for a performance.

According to E!, the duo’s appearance has been kept deep under wraps (their seat-saving placards were missing during rehearsals this week), and according to those connected to the show, the slot was still up in the air (though some speculated that they could end up closing the show). READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine lashes out at the VMAs on Twitter

Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice judge Adam Levine will not be tuning in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night. He laid out his distaste for the show earlier today on Twitter.

“The VMA’s. One day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music,” he wrote. “I’m drawing a line in the sand. F— you VMA’s.”

An hour later, Levine wrote, “Still waiting to have my ‘Jerry Macguire mission statement moment of deep regret…’ Not happening. Phew!” Clearly, he’s sticking by his opinion (and perhaps wanting somebody to show him the money).

But Levine brings up a reasonable point that comes up around this time every year. Should MTV even bother doing this annual award show? On the one hand, it’s typically an extremely high-rated event, and it has become one of the few pieces of television that links the network of today with its roots.

However, the distance between what MTV was and what MTV has become is driven home powerfully every time the VMAs come around. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga to open MTV VMAs: How will she top herself this time?

Lady Gaga announced tonight that she will be opening the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre August 28.

Or rather her Little Monsters did. Appearing at MTV’s Times Square studio for the broadcast premiere of her “Yoü and I” video, a legion of sequined fans on the street below unfurled a banner with the over-punctuated missive “Gaga to Open VMAs!!”

Admittedly, this comes as a bit of an anti-climax. The news came after days of Stewart/Colbert-worthy pre-announcement announcements, including a series of VMAs promos prominently featuring a (literally) stripped-down Gaga, and the “Yoü and I” video itself, which was supposed to debut tonight but leaked Tuesday. And really, who’s more obvious a choice to open a gaudy MTV spectacle than the Queen of Dramatic Entrances herself?

Still, that last point yet again begs the question that may come to define her young career: how can she keep topping herself? Her star-making 2009 VMAs performance featured an unforgettably dead-eyed Ladyship crucified on a meat-hook after a bloody version of “Paparazzi.” Then last year she maintained the butcher-shop motif with her infamous “meat dress,” setting off a chain-reaction of food-related couture culminating in her Grammys entrance via giant egg.

Music Mixers, how do you think she’ll kick off the show? With Tony Bennett predicting this week that Gaga will be “as big as Elvis,” might a duet be in order? Could her male alter ego “Joe Calderone” make an appearance? Does anyone else hope that her post-video-premiere revelation that Creature from the Black Lagoon is her favorite horror movie could be a clue? (Okay, that’s just me.) And if you’re going to hype an announcement to this degree, shouldn’t it at least end up being of this magnitude?

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The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are only 10 days away, and up until now the buzz surrounding this year’s show has been pretty quiet.

There’s no host, and while Adele and Lil Wayne are both entertaining as performers, they don’t exactly make for can’t-miss television. In fact, up until recently, the biggest thing the VMA show had going for it was the planned tribute to Britney Spears.

But Lady Gaga hopes to change that. MTV announced yesterday that the woman with the biggest album sales week of the year will be performing at the show, which will take place Sunday, August 28, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

What’s more, MTV unveiled a trio of promos starring Her Ladyship, all of which feature her sitting at a piano playing a jazzed-up version of “Yoü and I” (which, in unplugged form, borrows a bit from 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up,” doesn’t it?).

In one of those promos, she’s playing topless and lets her hair do a poor job of being her bra. Check out all the promos after the jump: READ FULL STORY

MTV launches indie music-video show Weird Vibes today: Watch it here

Fans of rightthisminute indie rock in general—and the dearly departed New York Noise in particular—just found a new place to get Weird.

Today, Noise maven Shirley Braha returns with Weird Vibes, a half-hour web-only outlet for micro-budge buzz bands (Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Shabazz Palaces, Beach Fossils) and their clips on MTV Hive.

Watch the full premiere episode after the jump: READ FULL STORY

The Drew Barrymore-directed Best Coast video 'Our Deal' extended version: Watch it here

Couldn’t get enough of that Young Hollywood-filled Best Coast video for “Our Deal” last week? Don’t worry. Director Drew Barrymore figured you would be, so she packed a second helping of  the punk-rock Romeo & Juliet-style love story.

The extended version of the clip is now online via MTV, now with seven more minutes—and much more storyline of our central pair’s star-crossed lovers Veronica (Kick-Ass it girl Chloe Moretz) and Lucky (Tyler Posey, the teen wolf from Teen Wolf)

The two hail from rival street gangs in the stylish urban wasteland known as Los Angeles, and their star-crossed love brings ill luck on their friends and themselves. There’s a dance fight, nifty jackets, and a tragic misunderstanding that leads to a tear-jerking end—all accompanied by Best Coast’s dreamy soundtrack. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Drew Barrymore talks directing Supervideo for band Best Coast and chooses her five favorite music videos -- EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore latest project has taken her behind the camera once again. The actress (on screen next in February 2012’s Everybody Loves Whales) and director (2009’s Whip It) has gone behind the camera once again to helm a clip for garage-pop trio Best Coast’s single “Our Deal,” featuring young Hollywood breakouts Chloë Moretz (Let Me In) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) in a dreamy homage to The Warriors and West Side Story. The 10-minute MTV Supervideo, a concept developed by the network and executive producer Kashy Khaledi, also features appearances by Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Glover and Shailene Woodley. “I’m so inspired by music,” says Barrymore. “So many performances and emotions and feelings enable an actor on set if you play live music.” We asked the star to pick a few of her all-time favorite clips. READ FULL STORY

Drew Barrymore's cameo-crazy video for Best Coast's 'Our Deal': Watch it here

MTV’s Supervideo series clearly takes it super-osity very seriously: The new video for garage-pop revivalists Best Coast‘s “Our Deal” is directed by Drew Barrymore and stars a calvacade of rising teen and twentysomething actors, including Miranda Cosgrove, Let Me In‘s Chloe Moretz, Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Community‘s Donald Glover, and Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat in a concept they’re calling “a timeless convergence of inspiration from West Side Story, Romeo & Juliet, and Style Wars.”

Or, for a description that fits better on a Post-It, “The Warriors in L.A., with romance and Bumpits.” Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West lead 2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Quick: Which clip won the Moonman for Video of the Year at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Having a hard time remembering? That’s because the actual awards are only about the fourth most important aspect of any given VMAs (just behind the performances, the host and whatever Kanye West does).

Still, the nominations do provide an excellent jumping-off point for the show, which will air live from Los Angeles on August 28. This year, Katy Perry leads the way with nine nominations, split between nods for “Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Adele is right behind with seven nods for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Kanye West also racked up seven (most of which are for “All of the Lights,” though “Power” did get a pair of noms as well.

The five videos competing for Video of the Year are “Firework,” “Rolling in the Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” and, in a somewhat shocking turn of events (if only because the buzz on his crew has died down so profoundly), Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers.”

You can check out the complete list of nominees after the jump. Oh, and the winner of the 2010 Video of the Year was Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” READ FULL STORY

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