Video Music Awards
The 2011 VMAs were the highest-rated ceremony for the network ever, according to Deadline. In MTV's target 12-34 demographic, the telecast earned a 10.8 rating with 8.5 million people watching. Overall viewership increased 9 percent from last year's show, making the 2011 VMAs the most-watched non-sports cable show of the year.
As we patiently wait to see how the stars will try to outdo one another with their outrageous red carpet fashions at this year's big event (Sun., Aug. 28, 9PM ET on MTV), we're taking a look back at VMA red carpet history and all its horrors.
From the nearly nude numbers, to the catastrophic costumes and the most foul fashion faux pas, we've pulled the craziest looks from past VMA red carpets and compiled them into one, glamor-gone-oh-so-wrong photo gallery.
There's Lil' Kim's purple pasty and Hammer pants taken to the extreme, Christina Aguilera looking all 'Dirrty' and Britney Spears in head-to-toe leather. It's possibly the most "wow" fashion photo gallery we've ever seen.
Our own Rebecca Ann Warren thought "most of [Handler's] skits fell flat: She jumped in the hot tub with the 'Jersey Shore' cast (heels and all) and exited with a tired joke in the form of a faux baby bump. She addressed last year's West-Swift debacle by warning off stage crashers with a stupid self-defense demonstration. She filmed a running skit with Ke$ha about a VMA meet and greet. And she made an unfortunate joke about riding home on the face of the hot werewolf from 'True Blood."
Chelsea Handler, MTV's first female VMA host in 16 years (seriously, MTV?) started the night out with some advice from D.A.R.E's newest spokesperson, Lindsay Lohan. The jailbird looked haggard and hardened by the clink, but at least Larry Rudolph is already at work rehabbing her career.
Lady Gaga then took the stage with a single-family home on her head and a dove tucked in her crotch. This could've been authentic Gaga until Handler peeked out of the home's garage to start her opening monologue, which riffed on The Situation and Justin Bieber, and practically begged the audience and performers to act out, cause a ruckus and be very, very bad.
The music won't be making a radical shift: Billboard staples like Kanye West, Eminem and Justin Bieber are all slated to rap, sweat and make teenage girls swoon. The location won't be exceptional, either: The show traditionally opts for venues in either New York or Los Angeles, with this year landing again back in the City of Angels. And the presenters, per the usual, will include a range of well-known stars, such as Ne-Yo and Ashley Greene, alongside some promo-savvy up-and-comers, like Ke$ia and Nicki Minaj.
Instead, the chance for something fresh in this year's awards rests on the shoulders of a blond woman named Chelsea Handler, whom MTV announced last week will host the proceedings.
By all accounts, including MTV's, Handler was an unusual choice to take the reins of the network's 27th annual ode to all things young and corporate-sanctioned music.
The E! talk show host takes over VMA duties from British funnyman Russell Brand, who hosted the awards two years in a row. This year's ceremony will take place live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
The Golden Globe-winning series returns to Fox on April 13 with a tribute to the music icon, featuring the cast covering what's sure to be show-stopping renditions of some of Madge's greatest hits, including the '80s-defining 'Borderline,' an acoustic version of power-ballad 'Crazy for You' and the more recent '4 Minutes.' Even Sue Sylvester gets into the groove, coaching the Cheerios through an energetic performance of 'Express Yourself' and taking lead on 'Vogue.'
"It's big...huge," 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy recently told Entertainment Weekly about the episode, which he's directing, yet he won't reveal whether or not Madonna will be making a cameo. What we do know is that the special episode will feature grander productions and at least 10 hits. We wouldn't expect anything less.
Madonna's decision to lend 'Glee' her entire catalog stems from the fact that she's a fan of the spunky song-and-dance show. Of course, the timing is also perfect for the master self-promoter, who is releasing a live DVD-CD of her Sticky & Sweet Tour on March 30, followed by the concert's April 2 TV premiere on VH1.
We're pretty sure that the 'Glee' and VH1 specials, as well as Madge's March guest stint on Jerry Seinfeld's new show, 'The Marriage Ref,' will eventually find a place in our ever-expanding compilation of Madonna's Memorable TV Moments.
We winced. We cringed. Then we watched it again.
Carey's, uh, loosened speech was the first genuinely awkward moment this award show season, but there were many actors, filmmakers, and musicians before her who've heard their name called, stepped to the podium, and made things a little weird for everyone.
Last week's winner is Teresa with this: "When I asked you to brings snacks to the party I meant chips."
This week's photo is that odd picture from The MTV VMA's last weekend:
(S01E01) A lot is riding on this little NBC pet project. Like one-third of their primetime lineup. But despite all their promises and promotions that this was a comedy show, vastly different than Jay Leno's work on The Tonight Show, I saw virtually the same exact show on a different set. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're NBC. Leno was incredibly successful for a long time on that show. Just call it what it is.
The promise that it would stay topical was brought to fruition. In the opening monologue, just like those Tonight Show monologues of yore, he drops a joke right away about the situation last night at the Video Music Awards involving Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Conveniently, Kanye was a booked guest tonight, as well, so with a little shuffling, he wound up on the chair next to Leno to talk about it.
I think the last time I actually cared about MTV was around 1991, so I'm not really invested in the latest Kanye West drama/hype that happened at last night VMAs. But I do think this picture was bizarre enough to post. It pretty much confirms that this is a world I have nothing in common with anymore. Thankfully.
[via The Awl]
This year she has three nominations. With that, I don't know why anybody would think she wouldn't show up. I realize that many thought her last VMA appearance/performance was a trainwreck, but look at what she was going through at the time.
Britney does not have a performance scheduled and I would guess that her appearance will likely be more demure (if MTV is capable of such a thing). I presume she'll just be accepting the award (I think she'll win something. It would be a good career boost. Even Scorsese won an award eventually). Of course, I could be complete wrong. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of MTV executives?
My question is: will Britney's appearance at the VMA's make you more likely to tune in?
The graph posits that by 2010 music videos will be nonexistent on the channel. Also, interesting is the rise of what the graph calls simply "other crap" that coincides with the rise of shows like The Real World and Road Rules. I assume "other crap" refers to shows like The Hills, My Super Sweet Sixteen, and Made -- shows that have replaced music videos in primetime (and replaced music videos with their incessant reruns in daytime).
What? No Kodak Theatre? No Nokia Theatre? So, why the choice to hold the ceremony at a Hollywood studio lot? Entertainment Weekly says, "Expect executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic to make use of many of Paramount's stages, rooftops, and camera-ready city streets for the star-studded show, which will only air once in its original incarnation."
Here are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.
1. The Closer (TNT)
2. College Football: Florida State vs. Clemson (ESPN)
3. 2007 Video Music Awards (MTV)
4. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
5. Saving Grace (TNT)
6. High School Musical 2 (Disney)
7. College Football: Notre Dame vs. Penn State (ESPN)
8. Monk (USA)
9. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
10. 2007 Video Music Awards Post Show (MTV)
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