|Sun, September 12, 2010 at 11:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A list of winners at Sunday night's 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles:
Collaboration: Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce, "Telephone"
Female video: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Male video: Eminem, "Not Afraid"
Hip-hop video: Eminem, "Not Afraid"
New artist: Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, "Baby"
Pop video: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Rock video: 30 Seconds to Mars, "Kings and Queens"
Dance music video: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Art direction: Florence and the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over"
Choreography: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Cinematography: Jay Z and Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"
Direction: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Editing: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Special effects: Muse, "Uprising"
Breakthrough video: The Black Keys, "Tighten Up"
Video of the year: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
|Sat, September 11, 2010 at 7:29 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LOS ANGELES – Visitors to Staples Center and the adjacent L.A. Live plaza were treated to an unannounced free concert Friday when Justin Bieber took to an outdoor stage to rehearse his performance for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
A crowd slowly gathered as the teen sensation and his team of dancers and musicians rehearsed for about two hours Friday afternoon. MTV representatives said they hadn't announced Bieber's outdoor rehearsal to avoid drawing the swarms of fans who have crowded the 16-year-old pop star's public appearances around the world.
Wearing a red varsity jacket with a sparkly "B" on the front, Bieber practiced his arrival to the outdoor stage in a cherry red 1957 Chevy Bel Air, chased by a pack of (precast) girls. Then, backed by a team of dancers and musicians, Bieber moonwalked and made a heart shape with his hands as he belted out his hit "Baby."
Passers-by wielded camera phones from behind barricades, and teenage admirers erupted in shrill screams anytime Bieber was within earshot. He smiled at them and flashed a peace sign with his fingers.
Though barely bigger than the troupe of pint-sized hip-hop dancers (age 9 through 13) who joined him on stage, Bieber acted like a seasoned pro.
"What's wrong with my drums? Like, I don't hear anything and it should be loud," he said after practicing a drum solo. "This has to be, like, an epic moment. It's ending the song."
Later, he complained that "the vocals are too loud in my ear and I can't hear the groove."
And when his wireless microphone pack fell to the floor, he casually gathered up the batteries and put the pack back in his pocket without missing a single lyric.
Bieber is set to perform on the same stage Sunday just outside the Nokia Theatre, where the Video Music Awards will be presented. Other performers include Drake, Kanye West and Eminem.
On the Net:
|Fri, September 10, 2010 at 6:41 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LOS ANGELES – Don't expect a duet between Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Jesse Ignjatovic, the executive producer of Sunday's show, flatly declared there's no chance of the pair reuniting in song a year after West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for best female video to proclaim that Beyonce should have instead won the prize. Ignjatovic hopes that West, who's slated to perform, won't be interrupting anyone this time.
"The beautiful thing about Kanye is he's not one to repeat himself," said Ignjatovic.
The outspoken rapper took to his Twitter account last week to again apologize for last year's on-air fiasco, acknowledging that he was wrong for lunging on stage at Radio City Music Hall and grabbing the microphone away from then-teen country crooner Swift, who's again nominated for best female video but isn't confirmed to attend this year's show.
"I am getting the feeling from him and his tweets over the last couple of days that he wants to get rid of that," said bawdy late-night host Chelsea Handler, who is hosting the ceremony for the first time. "That is a good place for him to be. He should move on, so he can have something else to talk about."
West, who is readying his next album, has kept a lower profile since the incident and subsequent public backlash. His moment in the spotlight Sunday could provide the perfect opportunity to seek redemption from MTV viewers. In his series of tweets last week, he revealed that he wrote a song for Swift, and "if she won't take it, then I'll perform it for her."
"I hope that we move on from it," said Ignjatovic. "It feels like it's time. It was a year ago."
Producers have made no accommodations for a potential West ambush with this year's stage, a space-age paradise inspired by mid-century modern architecture that's almost completely open to the crowd. The sweeping stage design, dreamed up by German designer Florian Wieder, required about 2,000 orchestra seats to be removed from the Nokia Theatre.
"It's very accessible," said Ignjatovic while peering at the set from the audience.
Videos of nominees will blast on two giant screens enveloping the theater, as well as a massive rotating billboard rising up from a smaller oval stage. Deadmau5, the show's house disc jockey, will perform from his trademark cube booth hoisted above the crowd. He'll be joined by the likes of Robyn, Travie McCoy and Jason Derulo on a nearby curvy catwalk.
"When the audience sees it for the first time, it's going to look like no other show they've ever seen," said MTV general manager Stephen Friedman. "I promise you that. Our team has transformed it. I've never seen a set quite like this in the history of the VMAs. The way that it's configured enabled us to mold it to exactly the way we wanted it."
Lady Gaga leads this year's nominees with 13 nods behind the eight nominations for Eminem, who will open the ceremony. Other acts scheduled to perform include Drake, Mary J. Blige, Swizz Beatz, Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine, Usher, Paramore, Linkin Park, B.o.B. and Justin Bieber, the teen sensation who is set to take his routine outside the theater.
Ultimately, as with all VMAs, spectacle trumps substance. This is the show where Madonna swapped spit with Britney Spears, and Eminem fought a puppet. Whether an invitation to attend this year's festivities is accepted by Swift or not, all eyes will certainly be on West. If he's on his best behavior, what will everyone be talking about the next day?
"In a million years, we couldn't have predicted it last year," said Friedman. "I think this year's the same. We'll have the gu
|Thurs, September 09, 2010 at 1:11 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LOS ANGELES – Eminem is not afraid to open the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV general manager Stephen Friedman said Wednesday that the rapper, who's nominated for eight trophies and continues to sit atop sales charts with "Recovery," will open Sunday's ceremony at the Nokia Theatre, which has been transformed with a sprawling white set reminiscent of the out-of-this-world Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport.
"We thought that there's no better way to kick off the show than a performance from Eminem," said Friedman.
The enveloping stage design includes a giant rotating billboard, curvy catwalk, circular performance space and two massive video screens that will serve as curtains. VMA executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic said the undulating space, created by German designer Florian Wieder, required about 2,000 orchestra seats to be removed from the Nokia Theatre.
"Every year, we try to have a theme and purpose beyond just giving awards away," said Ignjatovic. "This year, being back in Los Angeles, we really gravitated toward mid-century modern architecture and the pop culture of the '50s, like the youth-oriented rebellion films 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'Wild Ones.' It's a very L.A. kind of a set."
|Wed, September 16, 2009 at 4:03 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Despite pledging to Jay Leno that he would take some time off to reassess his life in the wake of his Taylor Swift bum-rush at Sunday night's Video Music Awards, Kanye West will be busy for much of the rest of the year thanks to the just-released dates for his Fame Kills co-headlining tour with Lady Gaga.
The tour, announced earlier this summer, will kick off November 10 in Phoenix and will keep the dynamic duo on the road through early 2010. A spokesperson for Gaga declined to confirm the dates listed on Pollstar, and spokespeople for West could not be reached for comment at press time.
West has apologized three times for interrupting Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs and told Leno that he had been working nonstop since his mother's death two years ago. While West went home empty-handed Sunday night â€" and, in fact, was asked to leave the venue after the incident â€" Gaga provided one of the evening's highlights with her over-the-top, blood-drenched performance of "Paparazzi" and a win in the Best New Artist category.
Fame Kills tour dates, according to Pollstar:
Â» 11/10 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Â» 11/11 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Â» 11/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Â» 11/15 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Â» 11/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Â» 11/18 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Â» 11/19 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Â» 11/24 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
Â» 11/26 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Â» 11/28 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Â» 11/29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Â» 12/2 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Â» 12/4 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Â» 12/ 9 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Â» 12/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Â» 12/12 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Â» 12/13 - Norfolk, VA @ Scope
Â» 12/16 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Â» 12/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Â» 12/19 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
Â» 12/20 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
Â» 12/22 - East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
Â» 12/26 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Â» 12/30 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Â» 1/3 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Â» 1/6 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Â» 1/8 - Kanata, ON@ Scotiabank Place
Â» 1/11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Â» 1/14 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Â» 1/16 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Â» 1/19 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Â» 1/21 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Â» 1/22 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Â» 1/24 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center