Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs
Aug26

Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs

Even as the stock market was crashing Monday, Van Toffler’s spirits were heading in the other direction. “This is my favorite week,” he told me by phone from New York, referring to the days leading into MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday. Toffler is an executive producer of the show who has worked on the VMAs since 1987, just three years after its inception, when Madonna set the standard for opening performances with her...

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Swift, Sheeran, Queen Bey and Kendrick Top MTV VMA Nominations
Jul21

Swift, Sheeran, Queen Bey and Kendrick Top MTV VMA Nominations

It’s a good bet that none of the just-announced nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards will sport any foam fingers.   Topping the leader board for the most Moonman nods—to be handed out Sunday, August 30—are, surprise, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, along with Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson.   Miley Cyrus will host the ceremonies, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Where’s that,...

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VMA Moments and Memories: It’s Still All About Miley, and Beyonce
Aug27

VMA Moments and Memories: It’s Still All About Miley, and Beyonce

There was no “Miley Moment” akin to last year’s foam finger twerking brouhaha, so it turned out to be a tamer night at the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, held August 24 at the refurbished Forum in Inglewood as Lorde, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Gwen Stefani all performed, presented or took home the coveted Moonmen. Oh, unless you count the moment where Cyrus sent a homeless man on...

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MTV Returns to its Roots With an Artist-Focused Initiative
Apr30

MTV Returns to its Roots With an Artist-Focused Initiative

More than three decades after its debut created a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape, it can be very easy to forget that MTV still stands for music television.   That also makes it surprising to learn that 1,200 hours of music videos are aired each week across the Viacom family of networks, including MTV, CMT, and VH1 that reach 100 million homes in TV-land and 60 million online via digital and social screens. It’s...

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Bey-by! It’s the Best Moment at the 2011 VMAs
Aug30

Bey-by! It’s the Best Moment at the 2011 VMAs

  MTV’s Video Music Awards are known for generating zeitgeist pop culture moments– like Kanye West’s infamous onstage interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009– and this year’s edition was no exception. The buzziest moment– which generated a record number of tweets, measured by Twitter at 8,868 per second– was pop singer Beyoncé’s big pregnancy reveal, unbuttoning her...

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