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Beyonce And Lady Gaga Head Up VMA Nominations

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The MTV Video Music Award nominations are in and pop starlets Beyonce and Lady Gaga lead the way with nine nominations each. “I’m excited and honored to be tied for most nominated for the VMAs,” Beyoncé said. “I’ve been blessed this year to have ‘Single Ladies’ become a video people really connected with and responded to. I’ve spent so much time watching all the great versions people created all around the world. It’s beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video.”

Lady Gaga attributed her success to “years of hustle in New York City” and stated, “We believe in the immensity and the promise of ‘showbiz’ and will continue to give it mouth-to-mouth, till its vomiting return. All you need is a camcorder, a flashlight and one truly great idea. Thank you, MTV, for being our video flagship, and for supporting this bunch of inspired kids, who love to get wasted and make art together.”

Britney Spears followed right behind Beyonce and Lady Gaga with seven nominations for her “Womanizer” and “Circus’ videos. Other nominations include:

Video of the Year: Beyoncé (“Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It]“), Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”) and Britney Spears  (“Womanizer”) will compete with Eminem (“We Made You”) and Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”).

Best New Artist: Drake (“Best I Ever Had”), 3OH!3 (“Don’t Trust Me”), Kid Cudi (“Day ‘N’ Nite”) and Asher Roth (“I Love College”).

Best Male Video: Eminem (“We Made You”) against Ne-Yo (“Miss Independent”), Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”), T.I. and Rihanna (“Live Your Life”), and Jay-Z (“D.O.A. [Death of Auto-Tune]“).

Best Female Video: Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”), Beyoncé (“Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It]“), Katy Perry (“Hot N Cold”), Kelly Clarkson (“My Life Would Suck Without You”), Taylor Swift (“You Belong With Me”) and Pink (“So What”).

Be sure to tune in to the awards show, hosted by Russell Brand, September 13th at 9 pm E.T. on MTV. [Source: MTV.com, Photo: Getty Images]

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New Report Claims Rihanna And Chris Hooked Up

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Those Rihanna-gets-back-with-Chris-Brown rumors just won’t go away. Now a UK celebrity mag claims that far from being a coincidence that saw the two both stay at New York’s Trump International Hotel a couple weeks back, they actually hooked up while there. Star magazine reports that a hotel source saw them “canoodling” in her room (yes, yes, British tabloid-speak is terrible) and that they used decoy cars to put off the media while they spent time together.

The mag also claims exclusive quotes from Rihanna’s mom Monica Fenty, who seems pretty upset that her daughter is supposedly back in Chris’s arms. “I’m devastated, but what can I do? Rihanna is her own woman with her own mind and very, very independent …. Chris has a bizarre power over her. She still loves him and he knows it. In her eyes he’s a god. Even after all this time, and even after what he did, it’s not diminished, no way,” she says.

At the time, sources for both Chris and Ri denied anything was going on. The conditions of Chris’s court order prevent him from coming within 50 yards of the singer, but could the most unlikely reunion of 2009 really be on the cards? [Photo: WireImage]

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Chris Brown To Deliver Long Overdue Apology

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Chris Brown‘s infamous assault case will come to a close when he is sentenced on Wednesday, and as part of his plea deal he’ll face 5 years probation, 180 hours of community service, and a year of domestic violence counseling. The singer will be working even harder to repair his tarnished image and will start this week, with a stint on Larry King‘s talk show.

According to Radar Online, “Brown’s team believes the singer will be able to get his apology across without facing brutal questioning.” In other words, Larry King is the easiest interview in Hollywood. Chris can quickly apologize for assaulting Rihanna and then get right down to business discussing that wedding video that has singlehandedly rehabilitized his career. Let’s hope he’s giving that couple some of the money he’s making on iTunes these days. He good probably use the good karma. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Rihanna Shows Us Her Nipple Petals Again

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We can’t really work out why Rihanna didn’t wear a bra with this outfit. It’s a long-sleeved black top which in no way would be compromised by the addition of supportive underwear. Still, thanks to Ri-Ri’s reluctance, we got a flash of her favorite nipple petals, this time in bright pink. The superstar was headed out to pal Katy Perry‘s concert afterparty  at Club Griffin in NYC and livened up her demure outfit with a cheeky addition.  It’s not half as daring as her sparkly nipple-petals-with-tuxedo look of a few weeks ago, but it’s clearly a trend. Yikes. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Chris And RiRi Deny Secret Hotel Hook-Up

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Friends of Rihanna and Chris Brown are going out of their way to deny that the exes secretly met up at a New York hotel this week. Apparently the pair both accidentally stayed in the same hotel – the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Columbus Circle – without knowing the other was there. “Ri didn’t even know Chris was going to be in town, much less that he was in the same hotel,” said a pal. “As for whether they’re sneaking around together, she’s not dumb – she would never mess around with him again.”

Chris’ people are also going to great lengths to deny that anything fishy went down between the former lovers. Said a buddy of Brown’s: “Chris is taking the court orders [to not get within 50 yards of his ex] seriously. He has called Rihanna since discovering they were staying in such close proximity, but he has definitely not tried to see her.”

Both are in town for work, but do you think there’s some playing going on too? [Photos: GettyImages]

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Rihanna Returns To Recording Studio

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Rihanna is ready to make her comeback following her tumultuous year. The singer has been hitting the studio and recording a new album which a source who is working on it says, “will be the album to really give her an identity musically.” RiRi is also lending her voice to Jay-Z‘s new album Blueprint 3, the final album in his Blueprint trilogy.

As for Rihanna’s album, “It’s very techno-based this time around. She’s not that far into her album yet, but it’s sounding great.” [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]

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Rihanna: Where Do We Start?

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From the Jimmy Neutron hairdo to the lace gloves to the shoulder-padded jumpsuit to the 25lbs of pearls, Rihanna certainly made heads turn at the UK premiere of Inglourious Basterds. With the exception of her va-va-voom red lipstick, we can’t help but hate this cluttered ensemble.

Get a closer look at Rihanna’s fashion disaster below, as well as fellow red carpet goers Mickey Rourke, Diane Kruger, and Neve Campbell.

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Video: Chris Brown Apologizes For Beating Rihanna

Well we weren’t expecting this: TMZ has unearthed a video of Chris Brown apologizing for February’s violent outburst against this then-girlfriend Rihanna. “I felt it was time you heard directly from me that I am sorry,” the singer – decked out in an odd red button-down shirt – insists in the vid. “What I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed of what I have done…I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry.”

Tell us – do you buy Brown’s apology? [Photo: GettyImages]

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Rihanna: Hot Hair, Freaky Nails

The always fashion-forward Rihanna got in a little shopping time in New York City this week before jetting off to London. While browsing in the Big Apple, RiRi – decked out in a see-through top – showed off her new hair-do and freakishly long nails.  Her new look might not work on most people, but we think the singer pulls it off. Are you feelin’ it? 

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Chris Brown And Rihanna Look-Alike Get Cozy At Diddy’s White Ball

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Chris Brown looked like he was enjoying himself at Diddy‘s White Ball in Beverly Hills over the weekend — and got chatting up close and personal with Rihanna look-alike Teyana Taylor. The two had already been spotted sitting together courtside at the NBA finals, and it was pointed out that her style looked similar to Rihanna’s. But don’t think she’s taken fashion tips from Chris’ ex. “I’ve always dressed like that. I’ve always had style … I’ve had that Mohawk now for months,” Teyana previously explained. OK!

The charity bash was a celeb-stuffed affair, with guests like co-hosts Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Khloe Kardashian, Tila Tequila, Tara Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Russell Brand all nearly blinding us with their bleached-out duds. [Photos: Getty Images Entertainment, Splash News Online]

Many more pics of Diddy’s annual soirée below.

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