September 4, 2008 |
It was the comeback that turned into a train wreck. Millions of viewers tuned in to MTV's Video Music Awards last year to see Britney Spears' highly anticipated return to the stage after a period of painful turmoil and near career collapse, only to see the singer flounder during her ceremony kickoff performance. The awards show itself received similarly disparaging reviews, with critics deriding everything from its Las Vegas locale to its Web-centric aesthetic. This time around, as the network stages the 25th ceremony set to unfold Sunday at the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles, executives are hoping the show itself will be able to stage that big comeback.
September 15, 2009 |
It was "The Jay Leno Show's" big prime-time debut, but Kanye West unquestionably stole some of the spotlight from the host to announce he'll be taking time off to reflect on his actions after his controversial outburst over the weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards. One day after the famously outspoken artist interrupted an acceptance speech from 19-year-old country star Taylor Swift at the award show, suggesting that her prize for best female video should have gone to BeyoncÃ©, a contrite West appeared on Leno's new NBC show to deliver an apology.
August 8, 2012 |
OK, we can admit it, we've picked up a strange obsession with the whirlwind romance of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Maybe it's the matching outfits, the songs, the constant paparazzi shots of their jetsetting, or maybe it's just the anticipation of an over-the-top wedding (televised in a two-part series on E!, of course), divorce and resulting breakup album full of epic beats and pining lyrics courtesy of Ye -- too soon? The cute pair got even cuter -- and matchy-matchy, of course -- in a promo for the upcoming Video Music Awards.
August 30, 2011
VMAs set MTV marks Bigger than "Jersey Shore" — that's how big Sunday's record-breaking Video Music Awards on MTV were. The 2011 VMAs — featuring performances by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne, not to mention a strange cross-dressing act kept up all night from Lady Gaga — delivered 12.4 million viewers, making them MTV's most-watched telecast ever, according to the Nielsen Co. The audience was up 9% compared with last year's VMAs....
September 6, 2012 |
Winning a Video Music Award may not carry the same cachet as a Grammy, but for 28 years MTV's signature event has proved to be a reliable source of buzz-worthy pop culture moments - a meat dress here, a lesbian kiss there. People don't tune in for the ridiculously uncontested awards celebrating music videos they can't even watch on the network. Viewers want drama and the show usually serves up a heaping portion of tension, whether on stage or in the audience. This is the place where Britney Spears has equally sparkled and crumbled, Courtney Love upstaged Madonna and Kanye West stole Taylor Swift's thunder.
September 10, 2008 |
RUSSELL BRAND is a bad, bad boy. Thank the punk rock saints for that! As the English comic and sole male inheritor of Amy Winehouse's hairstyle laid waste to good taste as the host of this year's MTV Video Music Awards, somewhere in heaven's dark alley Joey Ramone and Sid Vicious shared a laugh. Since the program aired Sunday, Brand has been pilloried by some pundits and applauded by others for his banter, which was far more politically minded -- and friskily filthy -- than that of any awards show host in recent memory.