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.
Halle Berry holds the title of every rapper’s fantasy woman, and she’s got the stats to back it up. With more than 20 songs that reference her unparalleled beauty, the Oscar-winning actress is definitely among the most name dropped person in hip hop history. In honor of her 48th birthday, we’re celebrating by collecting the best songs that feature a shout-out to rap’s perennial It Girl. Brace yourself -it’s a long list.
Another day, another rumor that the House of Carter is dangerously close to falling apart. If all this noise about Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s supposed trouble marriage is getting to you, let’s try to focus on the good stuff: amazing musical collaborations, an adorable baby, and flawless Instagram photos. This may not be real life, but it’s a manicured perfection we’d love to imagine ourselves living in. Read more…
EDM (A.K.A. Electronic Dance Music) has single handedly taken over the music industry, and artists of every stripe are jumping on the glow stick-covered bandwagon. The genre has spawned music festivals, fashion trends, and a legion of passionately pogo-ing devotes. EDM has the fans, and it also has the finances: Forbes recently ranked Calvin Harris the highest paid DJ with an annual salary of $46 million!
Clearly there’s a huge incentive for pop and rap stars to branch out, leading artists to test the EDM waters. Many have failed spectacularly, but some like Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Jay Z passed with flying neon colors. Luckily for you, VH1 has created a handy playlist to serve as your gateway to the land of bass and beat drops. Read on to see which of your favorite artists have successfully crossed over into EDM.
It’s been a rough summer. After a very public family feud, the cracks within the otherwise perfect lives of Beyoncé and Jay Z are beginning to show. Because the gossip won’t stop, we’ve been forced to address these divorce and infidelity rumors head on. Is all well in the Carter kingdom? We hope so.
Congrats, you made it through Monday. Wind down with Last Lap: The New York Post is convinced that Jay Z and Beyoncé are headed for a divorce, La Roux says f-ck Kanye West, Jonah Hill officiated Adam Levine‘s wedding and more.
As you may have heard, Robin Thicke recently released a new album, Paula. In an effort to win back his wife, hottie actress Paula Patton (the couple separated in February due to his cheating shenanigans), the R&B singer threw together this album of baby-come-back-to-me ballads — but it’s been greeted by crickets. The album has bombed completely, selling only 25,000 copies so far. And it gets even worse in the UK, where it sold only 530 copies! Perspective? An album has to sell at least 500,000 copies to be certified by the Record Company Industry of America. Not really the ex-wife panty-dropper the crooner was expecting, was it?
There comes a time in a person’s life when he or she gets to witness Queen Bey in concert. Once you earn that privilege, you must be prepared in every way possible. If you’re going to see Beyoncé (and Jay Z) this weekend when the On The Run tour hits Metlife Stadium, you better get your mind right. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Alert the Beyhive and take notes because we have all you need to know when preparing for a Beyoncé concert.