Sure, we watch the MTV Video Music Awards to see our favorite artists pick up a trophy or two for their work in the past year and to watch some phenomenal performances. But there’s a big reason it’s way more fun to watch than, say, the Grammys: Having this many stars in such a party-hard atmosphere always leads to some of the best unscripted moments on TV. A whole lot of those moments are simply fun, but often they turn into car-wreck spectacles. Of course, the latter is what we end up remembering in the decades that follow. From Andrew Dice Clay’s off-color jokes that got him banned from MTV for life to Michael Jackson’s misunderstood birthday cake to Kanye West’s infamous “Imma let you finish” speech, we love those moments that make us cringe in our seats, anticipating the embarrassment the perpetrators probably won’t feel until the morning after. While we eagerly await a whole new batch, here are our top 10 most cringeworthy moments of VMA history:
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Hot celebrity beef, coming right up! Given the ratings earned by her new film Jack and Jill this weekend, Katie Holmes is probably already having a rough couple of days. So why not sprinkle a fight with Oasis’ Noel Gallagher on top to really make things extra special? “We literally bumped into that top Scientologist Katie Holmes on the way into the studio. We came out of the lift and BANG, there she was,” Gallagher posted on his blog, after spotting the actress on the way out of a David Letterman taping. Mentioning Katie’s religion right before complaning about her? Let us check on the beef, because we think it’s almost ready to get served.
Noel proceeded to air Katie out, ranting that she seemed peeved that his friend was taping her. “She did look a bit miffed at the various North-West accents and some vigorous handshaking, but there was no need to send one of her people over to demand the video be deleted!!!!” Gallagher whined. “Un-fuckin’-believable.” Now that Oasis is defunct, we’re assuming Noel just wanders the earth until he physically plows into another famous person to fight. How else can you explain why this run-in turn into a show down? How else can you explain Noel’s brief feud with Jay-Z? The man craves beef, and beef he shall have!
They’ve “split up” about a billion times before, but apparently this break is for real, and British rock band Oasis are no more. In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Noel Gallagher has walked out on the band he’s been in since 1991 with brother Liam, after relations between the pair became strained until the breaking point.
“It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer,” Noel wrote on the band’s official website. “I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable.”
Rumors as to what finally tipped the warring brothers over the edge are varied (and could be many), but the News of the World is claiming that it was because Liam suggested Noel wasn’t the dad of his daughter Anais. “Liam insisted it was meant as a joke, but Noel could never forget the insult, calling it ‘unforgivable’,” the paper reports. However uninspiring and revisionist their music had become in recent years, Oasis truly had been a force to be reckoned with in the glory days of the mid-1990s, and their split marks the end of an era. [Photo: Getty Images]
Poor Coldplay singer Chris Martin. If it wasn’t bad enough having to deal with Gwyneth Paltrow and her GOOP-y lifestyle day in and day out, now he’s being targeted by Noel Gallagher (right) for being too squeaky clean. Gallagher, while speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra said that drugs are one of the biggest perks of the rock star life.
“I look at Chris Martin who says he has never taken drugs in his life and I think he is an idiot. Doing drugs is the most beautiful thing about being in a rock band.” Hilariously, Gallagher then said, “I stopped because it is bad for your health, brain, life and for people around you.” Before coming clean in 1998, Gallagher reportedly spent nearly two million dollars on drugs. Considering the fact that Gallagher is the poster boy for bad behavior and destructive relationships, we think Martin is doing just fine taking a different path — even if he dresses like Sergeant Pepper sometimes. [Source: Digital Spy; Photos: FilmMagic and Redfurns]
Hrrrrnk! Tonight sees the “funnest” night ever in British music – The Brit Awards – being broadcast live on UK TV, and live-blogged direct for your amusement in a joint effort by Scandalist and PopSugarUK starting at 2pm EST. What, you don’t know what the Brits are? Shame on you! It’s the Grammys but about as third as long, celebrating the best music of the past year, and legendary for the bad behavior of its attendees.
Back in the 1990s, Robbie Williams challenged Oasis’ Liam Gallagher to a live fight, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker infamously wiggled his ass onstage at Michael Jackson during the latter’s preposterous “Earth Song,” and only a couple of years ago, presenter Russell Brand raised eyebrows with a few trademark controversial comments (what’s new?) Overseeing proceedings tonight at London’s Earl’s Court are comedy stars James Corden and Mat Horne (hey, they’re big in the UK) with singer Kylie Minogue.
Up for awards or performing live are Kings of Leon, Take That, Coldplay, U2, Duffy, Girls Aloud, Adele, Leona Lewis, The Ting Tings and LOADS more. Plus, Lady Gaga will be closing the show with a duet with the Pet Shop Boys. Woop! See you at 8pm GMT/3pm EST for the unfolding horror/joy. [Photos: WireImage]
Someone give these two their own Odd Couple show already. Jay-Z and Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher have been at each other for months now and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. The original dispute began when Gallagher voiced his opinion that Jay shouldn’t play the Glastonbury Festival. After a guitar-playing Jay-Z blew the roof off at fest (too bad the YouTube clip was removed!), the two traded barbs. And the beef ain’t over: Leaked snippets from Jay’s forthcoming album reveal that he’s upping the ante. Read our timeline for specifics.
April 14, 2008 — Gallagher tells BBC News that the Glastonbury Festival’s choice to book Jay-Z as a headliner was a poor one. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”
June 28 — Jay-Z performs the Oasis song “Wonderwall” at Glastonbury in mock tribute to his now-nemesis in front of 75,000 fans, adding “My name is Jay-Z and I’m pretty fucking awesome.”