Drake and Rihanna are set to walk into tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards as the leading nominees.
Both stars nabbed five nominations each.
That includes the coveted Video of the Year award for their collaboration on Drake’s song “Take Care.”
Individually, Drake is up for an award in the Male Video category, while Rihanna is in the running for the Choreography honor, to name a few.
Other nominees include Katy Perry, Coldplay, M.I.A., Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, and newcomer Frank Ocean. Ocean is also slated to take the stage as a performer, as are Alicia Keys, Green Day and One Direction.
The 2012 MTV VMAs is hosted by one of my favorite comedian hosts Kevin Hart and will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and television viewers will get a chance to see all the action an hour earlier than expected.
The starting time was moved to 8:00 p.m. Eastern to make room for President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Read More »
M.I.A. is sharing a little more information about her upcoming album. The British musician took to Twitter Tuesday morning and told followers she’d choose ten questions to answer about her still-untitled fourth set. Among the facts M.I.A. divulged in 140-characters or less were that the record is due out sometime in December and that it is “still in the making.” She adds that the disc could have anywhere from five to 15 songs, although her latest single “Bad Girls” will definitely be one of them. She also says the album will feature no collaborations and only producers that don’t act like a, quote, “fame whore coloniser,” which some are taking as a shot at her former collaborator, Diplo. And while she didn’t elaborate on that possible insult, M.I.A. did say the new album is a “f*** you” to all of her haters and a “thank you” to all of her fans.
Â There were no wardrobe malfunctions, but Madonna’s halftime act at Super Bowl XLVI didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. Some of hip-hop’s biggest acts joined Madonna, who promised no controversy in pre-show interviews.Â Cee Lo Green also took the stage at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium where he performed “Express Yourself” with Madonna during the Bridgestone Super Bowl 46 halftime show.
Cee-Lo also joined the pop star on her choir-backed rendition of “Like A Prayer.” Hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj also rocked the stage with Madonna on Sunday. Nicki and M.I.A. joined the pop icon for a performance of her latest single “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” Nicki was a little more behaved than M.I.A. who caused all the drama.
Â M.I.A., 36, flipped the bird toward a camera just before a cutaway during the halftime show. It seemed a lil blip on yo TV screen, but it really was just where they cut out her finger of an otherwise successful production.
Two musicÂ industry heavyweights, with the recent passing of Amy Winehouse, have decided to honor her memory with music. Rap phenom Big Boi and British alternative dance artistÂ M.I.A. have each released music to pay homage to the life of Winehouse. Read More »