Kanye West took all the words. So today I have to manage with the scraps that he left for the rest of us.
Last night I tried to remember the “VMA moment” of 2014. In 2013 it was Miley and the tongue and the finger. But last year…well… I realised that last year there wasn’t one. Last year was all about Beyonce’s Vanguard performance. Last year, no one wanted to f-ck with that, no one wanted to f-ck with her. Knowing that Beyonce wasn’t a factor this time around, it kinda felt like the lawless Wild West again. Which is exactly what the VMAs should feel like. This is what MTV has been doing so well for almost 30 years. No other show manufactures controversy so consistently – be it organic or intentional. From Howard Stern farting, to Eminem trying to throw down with Moby, to girl kisses and nipple slips, to interruptions, presidential declarations, and feuds – always the feuds – the VMAs keep giving.
What I appreciated the most, however, about what MTV gave us in 2015 is actually what they DIDN’T give us…
I Can’t Ariana Grande wasn’t there.
That’s enough to declare the event a huge success. Another indication that an award show is a success? The fashion is secondary. I was initially all ready to talk about the clothes but the clothes have now become an afterthought to the drama.
Oh and there’s a new Moon Man. They forced the old guy into retirement. I am outraged.
Yours in gossip,
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According to Kanye West and those of us who represent Scarborough, Ontario, The Weeknd delivered the best performance last night at the VMAs. Kanye was really feeling it. The Weeknd brought out the Taylor Swift in Kanye West: This is what you're missing if you're not watching our All Access streams at the #VMAs Full Story
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Here’s how Duana described Britney Spears to me on text last night: “She’s of our generation. B is an elder here tonight.” Why are we so old?! Did you know any of the people on that pre-show? Like that guy who kept performing other people’s songs the whole time? Trotsky…or something? Of course, I know he wasn’t named after a Marxist politician and the inspiration behind Snowball but that’s what I kept hearing. Full Story
Justin Timberlake didn’t bend over and start heave-sobbing after a performance at the VMAs. But his weeping did get a shout out last night – and not because Ashton Kutcher punked him while he was high. As mentioned earlier, Kanye referenced JT’s tears during his Vanguard acceptance soliloquy. Full Story
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At the beginning of the night, my post on Justin Bieber was supposed to be about his hair. I love his hair. And I'm not even done offending you. While some are comparing JB's hair to Brad Pitt, or that woman who had all those kids, my first thought when I saw it was... River Phoenix. Full Story
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You know the next line. And it was. Would you rather they get up and thank their Lord and lawyer, read from a piece of paper, name all the contributors, and cry “I love you” to the fans… Or would you rather whatever it was that Kanye gave us last night? A therapy session? A sermon. Full Story
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For a while it was looking like Taylor Swift had more than just Katy Perry to deal with. Nicki Minaj shut her down. Some online sh-t with Avril Lavigne got stirred up last week. And Kanye was receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs. On Saturday night in San Diego, Taylor settled amicably with Avril, bringing her onstage to sing Complicated together. Full Story
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Well I guess that’s the last time we ever really believe that someone would just host an award show without having anything to promote… Did Miley Cyrus get her ass dragged by Nicki Minaj? If it was real, she looked terrified. If it was fake, she didn’t step back hard enough to make a difference. Full Story
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Michelle! Happy Birthday from Ashley & Kendra who want you to know you’re not too old for Zayn. And they asked me to include photos of him right before he left One Direction which… um… I’m not a scholar on his hair eras… so… are these OK? And for Sarah on your birthday proper – hope it was an amazing celebration of YOU this weekend. Full Story
Dear Gossips,MTV says that they’ll let Miley do whatever she wants on Sunday at the VMAs. And Miley says that MTV will be letting her do whatever she wants when she’s hosting the VMAs. So the question is: what does “whatever Miley wants” look like right now? Check her Instagram. Read Full Intro
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US Weekly reported recently that Sandra Bullock has a new boyfriend. Click here for a refresher. At the time, they didn’t reveal his name. But as I noted in the original post here, given how private she is, and how locked down that wedding was, it would have to be serious if she’d taken him to Jennifer Aniston’s wedding. Full Story
This stupid f-ck nearly destroyed a legend (Dlisted)
Happy Anniversary, RDJ (Pop Sugar)
Kate Moss was an awkward teen too (TooFab)
I’ve seen Rita Ora’s pasties…but I still can’t name one of her songs (The Superficial)
Downsizing (Hollywood Tuna)
Great outfit on Maria Sharapova (Go Fug Yourself)
Harry Styles is shutting down SeaWorld (Evil Beet)
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His new song, What Do You Mean, came out today. He’ll be performing it at the VMAs on Sunday. And the video will be released right after the show. Here’s a teaser for it that he just posted on Instagram: you got the song and the lyric video. Now the #whatdoyoumean music video come out on @vevo 11 pm est on sunday after #VMAs. Here is a teaser :) love you guys Full Story