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Eminem and surprise guest Rihanna open VMAs

Rihanna-Eminem-VMAsImage Credit: Vince Bucci/PictureGroupComing off a summer so amazing he left us wondering how he did it, Eminem capped off the season by opening up tonight’s VMAs with “Not Afraid” and his Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie.” In a black jacket, hooded sweatshirt, and white tee, the Detroit rhymer intensely ripped through “Not Afraid.”

In a white knee-length tutu, blazing red hair and black combat boots, Rihanna–who slyly fibbed about not being able to make the show tonight because of prior obligations earlier this week–popped up on stage halfway through “Not Afraid” for “Lie.” The crowd ate it up, jumping to their feet before they closed and hugged as fire lit the jumbo screens. Em’s comeback is complete, it seems.

Did you catch the performance? Let us know what you think.

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Lady Gaga's crazy Native American-ish VMA arrivals outfit: What did you think?

The most-nominated Lady of the VMAs — that is, Lady Gaga — has already made her first (of potentially many, if history is any indication) fashion statements of the night. She arrived on the white carpet in a feathery gold headdress, flowing platinum locks, and a very autumnal gold, green, and orange gown with a pumpkin-ish pouf at the bottom — a creation of the late Alexander McQueen (who committed suicide in February). Then, well, there are the McQueen armadillo shoes, which still defy words, even after seeing the similar ones she wore in the “Bad Romance” video. A little more of a nature-bound look than we’re used to from the otherworldly Gaga, but, of course, she does like to keep things fresh and current — so why not nod to the changing seasons?

What did you think of Gaga’s arrivals getup, Music Mixers?

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Taylor Swift to perform song about Kanye incident at the VMAs?

According to the Associated Press, Taylor Swift has written a song about last year’s Kanye West incident and will unveil it with a surprise performance tomorrow night at the VMAs. That means the two probably won’t team up as some had hoped (here are some of our suggestions for such a pairing), but we’re still dying to hear Swift’s musical take on the now-infamous encounter.

What do you think? Are you excited to hear it, or should they move on, already?

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Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift on Twitter: 'I've learned. I only want to do good.'

kanye-taylorImage Credit: Gary Hershorn/Reuters/LandovNearly one year after Kanye West famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at MTV’s Video Music Awards, the rapper has taken to his Twitter to apologize — for the second time — to the young award-winner. Today, West unleashed a barrage of tweets about the famous incident, even thanking Twitter creator Biz Stone and CEO Evan Williams for giving him a platform to ask forgiveness. “When I woke up from the crazy nightmare I looked in the mirror and said GROW UP KANYE … I take responsibility for my actions,” one of the rapper’s tweets read.

West even tweeted that he had written a song for Swift: “[It's] so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won’t take it then I’ll perform it for her,” he wrote. Though his tweets over the two-hour twitter frenzy ranged from convoluted (“The Wicked witch of the west basically is so convicted to tell her’ truth when she does it she is outcasted by society and turned WICKED”) to introspective (“With new found humility … who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down.”) to utterly ridiculous (“There are people who have named there kids after me… can you imagine that next day in school. Even though I don’t have kids…”), West seems to want to make his remorse clear, finishing his dozens of tweets with one simple sentence: “I’m sorry Taylor.”

Of course, the timing of the tweets — released so close to the anniversary of the buzzed-about incident — is a little suspect, especially when you consider that VMA host Chelsea Handler is aiming to reunite the two during this year’s awards ceremony on Sept. 12. (And the fact that West released a new song, “Devil in a Dress,” on his blog today doesn’t really help his cause either.) But, for the time being, should we view West’s second apology as genuine?

Ke$ha's spacey VMA promo: Watch the exclusive preview clip here!

Keisha-vmasImage Credit: F. Scott SchaferDrunk-pop princess Ke$ha’s had a big ol’ year, one that’s set to culminate at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’s up for four Moonmen, and also performing.

Also also, the tall, blonde drink of vodka is one of the rising stars picked to shine alongside Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj in the VMA ad campaign, and her “road to the VMAs” — you can watch our exclusive premiere of the spot after the jump — is an appropriately trippy journey for this space cadet: Young Ke$ha is asleep on a giant bed inside what looks to be the mansion from the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” video, until she awakes to the strains of “Tik Tok” coming from outside the window. She plunges from the mansion’s balcony and… well, you’ll just have to watch it and see. And of course, weigh in below.

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday, September 12, at 9p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, live from the Nokia Theater in L.A. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West to perform at MTV VMAs: How will it go down one year after TaylorGate?

Kanye-West-TaylorImage Credit: Gary Hershorn/ Reuters/ LandovWell, that was quick. Just as fast as Kanye West was ushered out of the building for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at last year’s VMAs, he’s back.

After months of backlash from his impromptu outburst, MTV has opened their arms and is hailing his forthcoming performance as a “triumphant return,” during which West will likely perform a selection from his  as-yet-untitled November album. The news will be a surprise to many who ideally would expect MTV to punish West for last year’s debacle. But hey, newsflash to all who didn’t know: There are no morals in entertainment. On the heels of releasing his groundbreaking “Power” clip (on MTV, by the way) and surprisingly premiering an unfinished Beyoncé-assisted track yesterday, Kanye’s comeback likely will bring in ridiculously high ratings.

When the awards air September 12 live from Los Angeles, we’ll certainly be tuned in. Swift, who’s also gearing up for the release of her Speak Now album and recently debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard hot 100 chart with the set’s first single “Mine,” probably will be in attendance.

Do you think Kanye will acknowledge last year’s gaff on stage? Since then, he’s personally apologized to the country-pop starlet. But do you expect him to do it again publicly? Do you think MTV will script a skit for the two to comedically act out? Oh, so many questions. Let us know what you think.

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas videos and more pulled from in Vevo fallout

alejandro-gagaIt’s an oft-repeated platitude that MTV hasn’t merited the “M” in its name for years—but a disagreement with video syndication service Vevo means that is, in fact, missing a whole lot of music today.

Vevo backer Universal, one of the largest record labels in the world, has pulled many of its biggest artists’ music videos from the site, pending resolution of the conflict.

That means no Gaga, no Bieber, no Black Eyed, Peas, no Taylor Swift or Eminem or Rihanna or Kanye or Miley or Mariah or M.I.A. or Sugarland, until the contract talks are settled. For now, visitors attempting to watch these artists’ clips on will see only the caps-lock message “WE’RE SORRY, THIS VIDEO ISN’T AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO BRING IT BACK.”

As the New York Times and several other media outlets report, MTV has released a statement saying, in part, that the two sides “were unable to reach a fair and equitable agreement.” While Universal claims that MTV has been “unwilling to negotiate a fair syndication deal with Vevo to carry our artists’ videos.”

There may be a light at the end of the stand-off tunnel, however; MTV has said they’re amenable to a solution, and Universal claims, “we are engaged in active discussions with MTV Networks, with whom we hope to work with in the near future as one of our syndication partners.”

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MTV’s VMA nominations: Five surprise winners and losers

vma-nominationsGetting worked up over this year’s just-announced MTV Video Music Award nominations is kind of like being mad at the WWE for not honoring the traditions of Greco-Roman wrestling; it is what it is, kids. And what it is in 2010 is pretty much The Gaga Sweeps Show.

Meaning, essentially, that just about anyone who is not the thirteen-times-nominated Lady is a tramp. As in hobo. As in sad clown who will be going home with no Moon Men—or at least not great gobby handfuls of them, as Gaga is nearly guaranteed to do. (One possible exception? Eminem. Mr. Mathers snagged eight noms altogether, and will undoubtedly win several; MTV loves a comeback kid).

Even if la Gaga has single-handed saved both the music industry and the production of ash-colored Lady Godiva wigs, it is lovely to see a little attention paid to women who weren’t born Stefani Germanotta—including Florence and the Machine, Nicki Minaj (though for the wrong song), and Janelle Monae. And Dan Black, you kill it with that GarageBand “Umbrella” beat! Twice!

But we digress: Odd and unreflective of other industry awards shows as the VMAs may be, there are still a few shockers in today’s announcement; below, a (very subjective) top five: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga is nominated for a record-breaking 13 VMA awards, Eminem gets 8 nods

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty ImagesLady Gaga has been nominated for a record-breaking 13 MTV Video Music Awards—including Best Pop Video and Best Female Video—while Eminem received eight nods in the list of nominations, which was released at noon today. This means Gaga has the most nominations ever in a single VMA. She is also the first female artist to be nominated for two different clips in the Video of the Year category with both “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” getting nods. First-time VMA nominees included Ke$ha, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and young Mr Justin Bieber.

The VMAs will be broadcast on Sunday, September 12. You can find the list of nominees after the jump.

Obviously, the big news is the love the VMAs have shown Lady Gaga. What do you think of her 13 noms?


VMAs exclusive: We have the Video of the Year and Best Male Video nominees!

eminem-lady-gagaImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosThat’s right, MTV is announcing the full list of 2010 Video Music Award nominees at noon today, but we have an early peek at the list of artists vying for Best Male Video and the big dog of VMA categories,”Video of the Year.” Showing up on both of those lists is Eminem, whose “Not Afraid” video is up for eight awards at this year’s VMAs, set to air live from L.A. on Sept. 12. “Apparently, MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMA’s. F me, right?!?!,” Em said in a statement released exclusively to EW. “I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.”

Without further ado, the 2010 VMA nominees for Video of the Year and Best Male Video: READ FULL STORY

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