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2011 American Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez Know All The Words To “Super Bass”

The American Music Awards are to the Grammy Awards what the Golden Globes are to the Oscars — they’re slightly looser, filled with more frivolity and slightly less consequential in the grand scheme of things. However, when it comes to generating viral moments, score one for the producers of the AMAs.

Tonight’s show opened with Nicki Minaj performing her a medley of her song with David Guetta, “Turn Me On,” and her 2011 Song Of The Summer contender, “Super Bass.” While she was performing, someone in the truck noticed that Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were rapping along to the song in the crowd and wisely cut to that shot, which we have for you above courtesy of @mattchew03.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that T-Swizzle has publicly professed her love for the Queen of the Barbies. Back in February, she rapped a few bars of “Super Bass” during a trip to a Los Angeles area radio station, and Nicki returned the favor by duetting with Taylor at a concert over the summer.

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VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown For The Week Ending November 19, 2011

If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. After losing the top spot to Adele last week, our brand new VH1 Unplugged star Kelly Clarkson is sitting pretty in the top spot of this week’s countdown with “Mr. Know It All.” Check out the complete list of videos below, and be sure to visit to vote for your favorite videos all week long.

1. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr Know It All” [WATCH]
2. Britney Spears – “Criminal” [WATCH]
3. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
4. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
5. Bush – “The Sounds of Winter”
6. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
7. Coldplay – “Paradise” [WATCH]
8. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” [WATCH]
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” [WATCH]
10. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain” [WATCH]

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Van Halen Signs With Interscope, Plans To Release New Material In 2012

Remember the old Peter Allen song, “Everything Old Is New Again”? Fortunately for classic rock fans, it seems like 2012 is shaping up to be the kind of year that lives up to that exact sentiment. Last week, Black Sabbath announced that they were putting aside 30+ years worth of beef to reunite for a new album and world tour, and today brings word that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen have signed a brand new deal with Interscope Records. (After weeks worth of reunion rumors, Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter scored the exclusive.)

The first question you’re probably asking is “Who’s going to be the lead singer?” Van Hagar fans, you can stop reading now, for we’ve got some bad news: It appears that Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth have buried the proverbial hatchet and are ready to once again make music together. The two famously split twenty-five-plus years ago after ego clashes occurred in the wake of the massive worldwide success of 1984, and a brief reunion in 1996 also ended in acrimony. That said, the band—minus original bassist Michael Anthony—appeared to be all smiles in the reunion photo you see above, and the band is reportedly set to make a “special announcement” on November 30 at the Grammy Awards nominations concert in L.A. We’ll have more details for you as soon as they become available, but in the interim, we hope that Diamond Dave starts limbering up now and practicing his patented karate kicks.

Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records [THR]

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Pointer Sister Busted With Drugs In L.A., Presumably Has Her Own Jessie Spano Moment

TMZ is reporting that Bonnie Pointer, one of the founding members of the famed Pointer Sisters singing group, was arrested in Los Angeles last night on drug possession charges. According to their report, the 61-year-old Pointer was pinched by the LAPD just after midnight last night for felony possession of a controlled substance. There are no details at this moment about what the controlled substance was, but we can only hope that it wasn’t a fistful of phentermine. After all, we all know what the combination of Pointer Sisters melodies and an excessive intake of diet pills did to Saved By The Bell‘s Jessie Spano.

Pointer Sister Arrested for Drugs in L.A. [TMZ]

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Watch Kelly Clarkson’s Amazing VH1 Unplugged Set Now!

We’ve been hyping this insanely awesome episode of VH1 Unplugged for weeks, and now you can finally watch the whole thing! We’ve got the full five-song set for you above, which consists of Kelly Clarkson‘s stripped-down performances of “Mr. Know It All”, “Dark Side”, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, “I Know You Won’t” and “Since U Been Gone.” You can watch it above, or head over to live viewing party on to chat with fellow Kelly fans right now.

Don’t forget to tune-in to VH1 tomorrow night, Friday 11/18, at 11 p.m. ET/PT to watch the whole episode of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson in glorious HD.

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The World Television Premiere Of The iHeartRadio Festival Is Coming To VH1 On November 23

VH1 is excited to announce the world television premiere of the iHeartRadio Festival, which will be airing next Wednesday, November 23. As you’ll recall, this festival took place back in late September of this year, and featured performances by the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Coldplay. You’ll be able to catch all the highlights from that two-night spectacular beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT next week.

For the complete details of our Thanksgiving Music Festival, check out this press release that just went over the wires…



New York, NY- November 17, 2011- The music harvest is bountiful at VH1 this Thanksgiving with exclusive events featuring today’s biggest artists! Beginning Wednesday, November 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, music lovers can begin their Thanksgiving feast with a hearty portion of music by their favorite artists with the world television premiere of Clear Channel’s “iHeartRadio Music Festival” taped September 23rd and 24th, 2011at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This show-stopping concert, which celebrated the launch of the new iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free, industry-leading digital radio product, includes performances by Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler and many more.

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VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul First Look: Jennifer Hudson

It’s just over a month until VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul airs on VH1, and we’re already doing backflips of excitement about this year’s lineup, which will feature Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson. Regarding the latter, we’re excited to reveal this new promo image of the Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer/actress J. Hud! We haven’t heard any advance word about what songs she’s planning on performing that night, but seeing as how one of the featured soul-music capitals we’ll be spotlighting is her hometown of Chicago, we’re sure she’s got some exciting tricks up her sleeve about how to best honor the rich musical legacy of the Windy City.

Wondering where the images of the other ladies are? Well, you can check out Entertainment Weekly to see Kelly Clarkson, USA Today for Florence + The Machine, for Jessie J, Entertainment Tonight‘s The Insider for Jill Scott, and for Mary J. Blige!

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will air exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT. Stay tuned to these pages for more updates as they come in!

RELATED: VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul On December 19 With Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson And More [VH1 Blog]

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VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson Sneak Preview: “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”

It’s finally here! We’re only 11 hours or so away until the online premiere of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson, the full five-song set of which will arrive tonight at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already shared sneak previews of Kelly’s emotionally-charged rendition of “Dark Side” and her killer cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t”, but since we can barely contain our excitement about this amazing set, we thought we’d whet your appetite this morning with another exclusive reveal.

To that end, please enjoy Kelly’s take on “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” the second single off her new LP, Stronger. Even with “Mr. Know It All” sitting pretty at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, “What Doesn’t Kill You” is experiencing a great deal of chart success itself; it cracked the Top 20 on this week’s chart. Kelly has described this driving, upbeat empowerment anthem as “one of my favorite songs on the record, purely because it makes me want to work out … and I don’t like working out!” Well, whether she likes (or admits) to working out or not, we can confirm that Kelly looked stunning in the red bandage dress she wore to her Unplugged taping.

Be sure to come on back to this evening at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT when we reveal the full VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson set. And don’t forget to set your DVRs to record VH1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT tomorrow night to see this truly amazing Unplugged performance in glorious high-definition.

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Can Katy Perry’s New Video For “The One That Got Away” Take Her Song All The Way To #1?

Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream has been one of the more unstoppable albums to hit record stores since the music industry’s heyday in the 1990s. Released way back in August of 2010, it has been firmly planted in the Billboard 200 for an astounding 63 weeks and counting, and has produced five, count ‘em, five #1 singles so far, the first album since Michael Jackson’s 1987 smash Bad to accomplish that feat. Not content to simply tie this record, Katy Perry has just released a sixth single, “The One That Got Away,” complete with another high-production-value video.

So, will the gamut work? Quite frankly, the road to #1 looks pretty daunting at this point. The song is currently sitting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and will have to find a way to eclipse heavy hitters like Rihanna‘s “We Found Love,” Adele’s weepy “Someone Like You,” and the red-hot David Guetta/Usher collabo “Without You” over the next few weeks to hit the top spot (not to mention Lady Gaga‘s “Marry The Night,” which promises to be a huge hit during the holidays). Additionally, the song does not benefit from its striking sonic similarities to Ke$ha‘s “Animal”; the choruses of both of these songs share virtually the same melody, and the vocal inflections of Katy and Ke$ha are also remarkably similar, which makes sense considering that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald was a credited writer on both tracks. Nor does it benefit from covering the same thematic territory as the aforementioned “Someone Like You” in an arguably less emotionally resonant fashion.

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Music Seen: Kelly Clarkson Looks Ravishing In Red At VH1 Unplugged (PHOTOS)

Kelly Clarkson VH1 Music Seen

VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson makes its highly anticipated premiere exclusively on this Thursday night, November 17, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already told you how stunning Kelly looked when this show taped back in late October, and if you caught her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” when we premiered it last week, you have an idea yourself. However, VH1 photographer Colin Gray just sent us a bunch of the photos that he was able to take that afternoon and we couldn’t resist sharing his insanely awesome work with you (as well as a quick video of Kelly explaining why she didn’t perform barefoot, like she usually does, while taping VH1 Unplugged). Enjoy!

VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11
VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11
VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11

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