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2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Five Takeaways

In: Donovan, Music

By the time I got home last night from my camping weekend trip, I was too exhausted to watch the MTV Music Video Awards. I finally got around to checking out the telecast this afternoon. Thankfully, for the power of digital recording devices, I was able to go through the entire program in half the time. Overall, it wasn’t a bad show with a handful of highlights. Check out my top five takeaways from the 2013 MTV VMAs below.

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Lance Bass Talks Rumored ‘N Sync Reunion @ MTV VMAs

In: Donovan, Music

Rumors of a possible ‘N Sync reunion at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards spread like wildfire on social media yesterday. Due to the fact Justin Timberlake is receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, it could very well happen. A tribute featuring his old bandmates would make a lot of sense. If Beyonce could slum it up with Michelle Williams for the Super Bowl, I’m sure Timberlake could as well with Chris Kirkpatrick and crew for the prestigious award.

Not surprisingly, Lance Bass is the first one to talk publicly about the rumored reunion. He addressed the reports during his SiriusXM show, “Dirty Pop.” Even though he neither confirms nor denies the highly-anticipated reunion, I get the feeling he’s trying extremely hard not to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Much like when Michelle Williams skirted the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion during a red carpet interview. Boys and girls, I firmly believe an ‘N Sync reunion is taking place this weekend. Brace yourselves. Check out Bass talking about the rumors below.

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

In: Donovan, Music

On August 25, the MTV Video Music Awards will touch down in Brooklyn for the first time ever. In honor of the occasion, they’ve allowed one of the borough’s most influential artists, KAWS, to give the iconic Moonman award a one-time-only redesign.

“It’s such a strong, iconic thing. Everyone sees the Moonman and knows right off the bat what it is,” KAWS told MTV News. “When I was first invited to do the project, I knew that I didn’t want to create something new entirely, I wanted [to do] something you see that’s immediately KAWS and immediately Moonman; people just get it.”

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have the greatest chance of walking away with the newly-redesigned Moonmen. They lead the field of nominees with six nods apiece. Close behind with four VMA nominations is Mr. “Locked Out of Heaven” himself, Bruno Mars. Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars each picked up three. Taylor Swift, Drake, Calvin Harris and Fun. are also in the running for multiple Moonmen heading up to the big show, set for Sunday, August 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Check out the nominations below.

check out all the nominees after the jump

One Direction were definitely the big winners at this year’s MTV VMAs with regards to snagging the most awards. The British boy band walked away with moon statues for best pop video, best new artist, and most-shareworthy video for “What Makes You Beautiful,” beating out acts like The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. The Bajan beauty shouldn’t be too upset, she scored the big award of the night, Best Music Video of the Year.

As with most of these things, it’s all about what people wore on the red carpet. Since it’s a music-related affair, there tend to be more fashion risks than your typical awards show. I’ve gone through all the arrivals and picked my Top 5 picks for best and worst dressed at the 2012 MTV VMAs. But before we do, can we discuss P!nk’s doppelganger?

Who knew the 32-year-old singer had a younger sister? With her new chopped blond hairdo, Miley Cyrus definitely exhibited some serious Single White Female behavior last night, channeling the “So What” singer. It’s like they went to the same salon before the event. P!nk wore a full length Stella McCartney dress, while Miley chose an Emilio Pucci sheer cutout gown. Both ladies looked great, but who did P!nk better? Cast your vote below.

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2011 VMA’s: And The Winners Are…

In: Music, TV Shows, Tyrell

I have preface this article by saying that I was the most excited for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, better known as the VMA’s. Not only was I looking forward to the performances and the awards, but ultimately, I was looking forward to the epic Britney Spears tribute. Imagine my SHOCK when the tribute was only a 2 minute dance-a-thon with little female dancers dressed up in all of Britney’s costumes from her videos and performances. What happened to the original idea? UGH! I digress.

The entire show for me as a whole was a little flat. I think the one major element lacking this year was a host. MTV’s decision not to have one was complete fail. Without one, the show lacked cohesion and flow. Every presenter and and performance seemed random. However, nothing was more random than the interlude performances, courtesy of Jessie J.

My favorite performance of the evening hands down goes to Adele who showed everyone that you don’t need lights, dancers or lip syncing to have an entertaining performance. She shut the place down with her rendition of Someone Like You. Just her and a piano. Brilliant. Beyoncé also gave a stellar performance although I’m 100% positive she was lip syncing.

What was great about her performance was the the finale piece where she dropped her mic, unbuttoned her vest and revealed to the world that her and Jay-Z were pregnant. YES! So exciting. And, I cannot complete my quick little recap without giving kudos to Lady Gaga who stayed in character as her alter ego Jo Calderone all night long. Amazing. Alright, check out the complete list of winners below.

2011 VMA winners after the jump…

This Sunday, I’m going to be glued to my TV for a few reasons. The first is Big Brother, the second is a one-hour episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, a big guilty pleasure of mine. But ultimately, I will be giving high priority to the MTV Video Music Awards also known as the VMA’s.

I am so stoked about this year’s show for a few reasons. One obviously being the HUGE Britney tribute but another being the fact that this year’s show is going completely host-less, a first for the awards show. But, what everyone is wondering this year is who will win Video of the Year, the ultimate MTV moon man title.

This year’s nominees vary in genres and styles and there is a definite missing icon in the list… Lady Gaga. With all of her epic music videos, you’re telling me that not one made the video of the year list? Shocked! In any case, the remaining candidates are Adele, The Beastie Boys, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and someone I have never heard of named Tyler, The Creator. However, he must be good because his video that’s up for the win has over 18 million views on YouTube. Watch all of the nominees’ videos below and vote for who you think should win this year’s honor.

Watch the nominees’ videos after the jump…

2010 MTV Music Video Award Photo Recap

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

The 2010 MTV Music Video Awards are officially in the history books. What will the footnote be for this year’s telecast… zzzzzzzzz snoozefest. . Seriously, I found myself fast-forwarding through a lot of it this year. Perhaps because, there wasn’t that one big water cooler moment, everyone would be talking about the next day, or maybe because host Chelsea Handler failed to make me laugh or was it the lackluster performances. Whatever it was, it just didn’t live up to the hype. Maybe I’m being a little harsh due to the fact I high expectations for the show. Regardless of the negative nelly overall opinion, there were a few memorable moments worth mentioning. As a side note, can you spot SYTYCD alums Mark Kanemura and Neil Haskell in the picture above?

relieve the evening via photos after the jump

With the MTV Video Music Awards coming up next Sunday, you can’t help but flashback to Kanye overshadowing Taylor Swift’s big win with his rude interruption during her acceptance, on how she didn’t deserve it. Yeah, it’s still as shocking now as it was then.

Now, as a year has gone by, and as we are just a week before the show, Kanye opens up even more about how he feels about his actions last year:

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.

It is distasteful to cut people off as a general rule. What’s the point of dressing tastefully if I’m going to act the complete opposite?

Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child.

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