Tomorrow’s MTV Video Music Awards will feature 2014’s hottest performances. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that artists can bring down the house while making egregious fashion fails. Miley Cyrus twerked her way toward infamy last year, yet her forgettable ensemble looked like it came from a retailer’s discount bin. In the `90s, Marilyn Manson disturbed us with leather and mesh, while Paula Abdul doubled down on using rhinestones.
Did you miss Taylor Swift‘s media takeover this week? The 24-year-old hosted her own livestream special on Yahoo and made some major announcements. Sorry, haters! Taylor Swift Season is coming. Read more…
The Battle of the Summer Jams is drawing to a close. Over the past three months we had you vote on your favorite songs in head-to-head battles each Friday. During the course of each battle, there were many surprises as Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, and Magic! all lost their respective rounds. But we gave the losers one more chance at the finals with the Redemption Round. With nearly 32 percent of the vote, “Rude” by Magic! made its way back into the final round. It will face off against previous winners, such as Becky G, Demi Lovato, and Iggy Azalea.
With the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards just days away, we are looking back on some of our favorite moments and highlights from the past 30 years of the ceremony honoring the best of music video world. While there have been a number of ups and downs, no iteration of the VMAs surpasses the 1999 ceremony. It was — hands down, no argument — the best. The year itself was one of the best for music with the introduction of Jennifer Lopez’s singing career, the explosion of TRL, and the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With all of that in mind, the MTV had a lot to celebrate. Led by Chris Rock, the last ceremony of the ‘90s turned out to be the last great VMAs. It had everything from Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim’s boob to Lauryn Hill winning Video of the Year.
Video vixens have cozied up to the singers of our dreams, so when it comes to romance advice, we will take note of everything they have to offer. Amidst the bumpin’ and grindin’, you’d be surprised to know that sometimes, the underlying feelings were those of true love. You could even ask the stars who really fell in love on set.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Imogen Heap‘s album Sparks, check out Wiz Khalifa‘s Converse collaboration, listen to Lauryn Hill‘s dedication to Ferguson and more on Last Lap.
A lot can change in 30 years. On the night of September 14th, 1984, sexy Material Girl Madonna took the stage for her career making performance of “Like A Virgin” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Thousands of miles away that same night, Henry Rollins and his seminal hardcore band Black Flag played a chaotic set on the wrong side of Tijuana in some forgotten dive. Nowadays Rollins is a revered punk rock elder and hosts shows on The History Channel while Madge struggles to remain relevant in the high-speed modern music marketplace. Some of music’s biggest names were operating on the margins of the music industry in 1984 while the hitmakers of that era often find their heyday behind them. Read more…
With the addition of Best Lyric Video — yes we are awarding these now — we were reminded that several awards categories have made their way in (and quickly out) of the MTV Video Music Awards. The discontinuation of Best R&B Video and Best Rap Video in favor of the generic Best Hip-Hop Video has been slightly disappointing, but we’re not here to split hairs. While some awards are sadly missed, there are some that are truly head scratching. For example, remember Best Artist Website and Ringtone of the Year?