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September 5, 2012 | By August Brown
The best new artist category at this year's MTV Video Music Awards is evidence of a weird conundrum for music videos today. Almost all the nominated artists got famous from their music video presence -- but almost none of them needed MTV to get there. Early favorite One Direction was a cult hit in U.S. teen-pop circles before it even had a proper single to push; Carly Rae Jepsen's breakthrough was a fuzzy clip of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez freaking out to "Call Me Maybe. " Def Jam punted on Frank Ocean's debut for years before his Odd Future affiliation (and his brave, generationally revealing bisexuality )
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
September 4, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For the last 28 years, MTV's Video Music Awards have provided a wealth of zeitgeist pop culture moments and delicious train wrecks. Sure, they dole out cute trophies in the shape of astronauts, but people don't tune in for the ridiculously uncontentious races celebrating the music videos they likely watched on YouTube or Vevo. Viewers want drama and the show serves up a heaping helping of tension, whether onstage or in the audience.   The VMA stage is where Britney Spears has equally sparkled and crumbled, Courtney Love upstaged Madonna and Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's moment (West and Swift returned, seperately, to address their feelings through song)
February 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Justin Bieber's crowd was loud. One Direction's too. And though they seem like somebody's uncles now, the Jonas Brothers once inspired the kind of shrieks that could knock down a lesser heartthrob. But in my life as a concertgoer, I can't recall an audience operating at a higher volume -- and for as sustained a period of time -- as the one that Miley Cyrus thrilled Thursday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Disney Channel child star turned hip-hop provocateur was kicking off the first of two Southland dates on her recently launched North American tour.
September 5, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
More than 30 years ago, video killed the radio star. Is YouTube killing MTV's Video Music Awards? On the surface, the VMAs are alive and well - even thriving. Last year's broadcast by the 31-year-old music video network was the No. 1 attraction among all TV programs in its Sunday evening time slot. Thursday night's broadcast from Staples Center is expected to fare comparably well. But just as MTV's arrival in the early 1980s permanently changed the way that popular music was seen and listened to, Internet music channels like YouTube and social-networking platforms are reinventing the way that music (including music videos)
September 14, 1987 | CHRIS WILLMAN
This year, MTV's quest to build an "untraditional" ceremony around its Video Music Awards was Prince-ipally a success. Never mind that the show, broadcast live on the cable channel Friday from the Universal Amphitheatre, fell prey to any number of more traditional awards-show pitfalls--like the fact that the runaway winner, Peter Gabriel, was not on hand, and that the broadcast ran closer to four hours than the scheduled three.
A decade has passed since MTV began handing out silver moon-men statuettes to the music industry in a raucous and sometimes rude annual awards show that has grown to rival the Grammys and American Music Awards as a spectacle of pop culture to see and be seen at. So after weeks of pumping and promoting tonight's Video Music Awards, which will be aired at 8 p.m. on MTV and sister channel VH-1, does MTV have any special plans to commemorate its 10th anniversary? "Nah.
July 15, 2009
MTV host: British comedian-actor Russell Brand will host the Video Music Awards for the second year in a row, MTV said. The show airs Sept. 13.
September 6, 2012 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center One Direction, Aug. 9, 2013 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Wiz Khalifa, Nov. 13 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Voices United, Oct. 1 (now); Nick Waterhouse, Oct. 21 (Thurs.); Milo Greene, Nov. 17 (Fri.) Tame Impala, Nov. 16; the Sword, Dec. 12 (Sat.) Club Nokia Lynyrd Skynyrd, Oct. 2; Tribal Seeds, Nov. 3; Nathan Pacheco, Feb. 5 (Fri.) Fonda Theatre Divine Fits, Nov. 4; 3LAU, Dec. 14 (Fri.)
Veteran music-television executive Don Cornelius complained in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department Tuesday that Viacom Inc.'s MTV cable channel is violating antitrust laws by restricting artists who perform on its "Video Music Awards." The letter accused MTV of pressuring acts booked for the awards show to skip opportunities to perform on other programs, such as Cornelius' "Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards" program.
October 31, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Naughty Nurse has some competition this Halloween. The YouTube video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" from the Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis has gone from viral video to cultural phenom, ranking among this year's most popular Halloween costumes, according to one online retailer. "The fox sold out almost immediately," said Marlon Heimerl, a spokesman for in North Mankato, Minn. "Normally, that's not a huge seller. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Halloween costumes often reflect what's happening in the zeitgeist.
October 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Annie Lennox knows a thing or two about pop stardom. Now the former Eurythmics frontwoman is upset about what she calls "soft porn" videos used to hawk today's pop music.  "I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos," the "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" singer wrote on her Facebook page Saturday. "You know the ones I'm talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.
October 6, 2013 | By Claire Zulkey
Miley Cyrus surprised everyone last night on “Saturday Night Live” by avoiding mention of the VMAs, twerking or Robin Thicke throughout the entire episode, keeping her tongue lodged firmly in her mouth for the full show. Just kidding. The show wasted no time addressing the moment that made Cyrus a household name (on Twitter, anyway), spoofing it in the cold open with a sketch that traced Cyrus' infamous Video Music Awards performance back to the cause of the destruction of America.
September 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
If there's one thing you can count on from awards shows, it's that they will be heavily tweeted about, and Sunday night's Emmys telecast was no exception.  The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, in which "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Behind the Candelabra" walked away with top honors, drew 924,700 tweets during its three-hour run, the most of any show for the week ended Sept. 22, according to Nielsen's SocialGuide.  The awards show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who was joined by past hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch and Conan O'Brien during the opening monologue.  While more than 900,000 tweets is certainly a big number, the Emmys didn't do as well on the social media site as recent youth-oriented galas, including Fox's "Teen Choice Awards," which got  4.4 million .  Emmys 2013 full coverage:   Best & worst moments | Winners and top nominees | Red carpet arrivals MTV's Video Music Awards last month generated a whopping 18.5 million mentions , thanks in part to Miley Cyrus' much-mocked performance.  The first runner-up for the past week was the penultimate episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad," which brought in 325,000 tweets.  Fox's Wednesday episode of Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" came in third, followed by the premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC. The series finale of the serial killer drama "Dexter" on Showtime was tweeted about more than 126,000 times, and the season closers...
September 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
LAS VEGAS -- "The Super Bowl of music. " That's how Clear Channel Communications executive Tom Poleman described the iHeartRadio Music Festival that his employer is putting on this weekend in Las Vegas. And judging by the number of A-list acts due to perform Friday and Saturday nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he's not overstating it by much. Radio-staple hit makers such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Drake, Tim McGraw and Maroon 5 are all slated to appear, along with a handful of British rock legends in Paul McCartney, Elton John and Queen (with lead vocals by Adam Lambert)
September 17, 2013
In the aftermath of her uber attention-getting performance at MTV's Video Music Awards, twerking, foam-finger-flinging Miley Cyrus was reportedly fired from a planned Vogue cover shoot. But she's on the cover of October's Harper's Bazaar. The magazine cover and interview were obviously finished before the VMAs but one quote seems prescient: “I was an adult when I was supposed to be a kid. So now I'm an adult and I'm acting like a kid” -- a twerking teen at that. [Harper's Bazaar]
September 3, 2001
The MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday in New York City will be marked by a tender farewell to late R&B singer Aaliyah, and to the continuing birth of the music station's little sister, MTV2. MTV officials always keep much of the show's special moments under wraps--indeed, surprises such as Pee-wee Herman's famous appearance in 1991 are the event's trademark draw--but they are hinting that Aaliyah's death in a Caribbean plane crash on Aug.
September 17, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Lily Collins, star of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" and daughter of singer/songwriter Phil Collins, has another credit to add to her list: "Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity. " The actress replaced Emma Watson at the top of McAfee's annual ranking of actors, musicians, comedians and other celebrities whose popularity is used to dupe fans into downloading viruses and other malicious software. Fans searching for Lily Collins and "downloads," "free app downloads" and "nude pictures" run the highest risk of landing on a website designed to steal passwords or other personal information, McAfee reported.
September 5, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In the wake of Miley Cyrus' scandalous performance on the Video Music Awards, "American Milkshake" from writer-director-producers David Andalman and Mariko Munro hits on a particularly topical trend: the (mis)appropriation of black culture. In this case, Jolie (Tyler Ross), a skinny white teenager in suburban D.C. circa 1995, wants more than anything to be a baller, and it's a "dream come true" when some of the big black boys bused in to his magnet school from the Maple Avenue Towers get hurt, in trouble or arrested - increasing his chances to make the team and then to get "some clock.
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