2013 was a pretty good year for twenty | one | pilots. Fueled By Ramen released the band’s third album, Vessel, at the beginning of the year, they opened for Fall Out Boy on a massive autumn tour that also included Panic! At The Disco, and they were nominated as an ‘Artist To Watch’ by the MTV VMAs for “Holding On To You.” So it’s only fitting that the band would end the year with a bang by releasing their new music video for “Truce.” Check out the video below, and catch them on tour in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe all through January and February, with US spring dates to be announced soon. (more…)
Following up on the confusing rumors that swirled early last week, the boy band known as *NSYNC indeed reunited last night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Taking the stage in the middle of Justin Timberlake‘s extended medley of hits, *NSYNC spent approximately 90 seconds performing together before an audience of millions. In that time, the five piece, dressed in matching suits, performed a medley of songs with a tightly choreographed dance routine. It was not the spectacle fans had hoped for, but it was certainly better than nothing. You can view the performance below.
On second thought, is this even a performance? ‘Appearance’ may be a better term, and ‘publicity stunt’ may fit even better than that. There are of course no future plans, but if the madness that occurred online following the reunion rumor is any indication, it seems fans would certainly love another tour before *NSYNC says “Bye Bye Bye” for good. (more…)
MTV has revealed the nominees for 2013 installment of their annual Video Music Awards. The ceremony will air August 25, with performances planned from a number of stars found on the nominee list. You can view the full rundown of potential winners at the end of this post.
For those of you wondering the point of MTV clinging to the idea they’re still a music channel, take a moment and swing by the Buzzworthy blog. Videos may not be in rotation as much, but MTV is still helping usher in the next generation of new talent. Comment below and let us know who you think will win!
Video of the Year
» Justin Timberlake , Mirrors”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz , Thrift Shop”
» Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven”
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines”
» Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble”
Best Hip Hop Video
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us”
» Drake, Started From The Bottom”
» Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools”
» A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F”kin’ Problems”
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, Power Trip” (more…)
There have been so many live performances at the MTV Video Music Awards that I couldn’t possibly remember them all. But according to a quick sampling, most of them were mediocre, some offensively so. The best and worst, however, stand out in the cultural memory. There were certainly some good ones and some horrible ones not on this list, but here’s what made the biggest impression:
6. The Hives, 2002 “ Main Offender
A pretty rocking performance, but what puts this one over the top is singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist announcing that they’re out of time, so everyone can turn their televisions off, knowing full well that The Vines were just about to start playing.
The MTV Video Music Awards always serve up big surprises and this year was no different. From Beyoncé‘s big news to Lady Gaga‘s dragged-up, stand-in, this year’s show didn’t skimp on the stumpers.
Lady Gaga kicked off the show with a monologue from her male alter ego, ˜Jo Calderone’. “She left me! She said it always starts out good and then the guys”meaning me, I’m one of the guys”we get crazy. I did. I got crazy. But she’s f—ing crazy too, right?” The narrative was hard to follow at first, and I’m guessing die-hard Gaga fans figured it out before the rest of us. Still, she delivered an intense performance of You And I with a guest appearance by legendary guitarist, Brian May of Queen. What you didn’t see on television was the tumble Gaga took off her piano towards the end of her performance. Ever the pro, she moved on before the crowd even noticed her slip up. Her video for Born This Way earned her two awards; Best Female Video and the newly created Best Video with a Message category.
Jay-Z and Kanye West took the stage for an unexpected performance of their Watch The Throne hit, Otis. While it was instantly exciting to see the two onstage together, the performance was not as magical as expected. The best part of their set was when security bum-rushed a stage-crasher who tried to interrupt the lackluster performance.
Nicki Minaj was nominated in three categories and nabbed the Moon man for Best Hip Hop Video for Super Bass. She presented the first award of the night to tour mate, Britney Spears for Til The World Ends for Best Pop Video. In her speech, a healthy, happy-looking Spears thanked God, her kids, and ex-agent boyfriend, Jason Traiwick. Gaga presented Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award telling the crowd, I used to hang posters of her on my wall and touch myself when I was laying in bed, before introducing an awesome montage of Britney’s videos, complete with a legion of dancers donning her most iconic outfits and legendary dance moves.
After accepting her award, Britney introduced Beyoncé, who sang Love On Top in a suspiciously body-conscious outfit of black pants and an oversized blazer. While those of us on the black carpet had already seen the secret bulge at arrivals, she teased the crowd during her intro saying, I want you to stand up on your feet, I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me.” At the end of her set she opened her blazer to reveal a shockingly developed baby bump. The smile on her face as she rubbed her belly was the highlight of the night, as husband Jay-Z and Kanye West celebrated from the front row. Her video for Girls (Run The World) won in the Best Choreography category, but lost to Katy Perry for Video Of The Year.
Perry (who had a whopping ten nominations this year) also took home the Best Collaboration title for E.T. with Kanye West. Her husband and past VMA host, Russell Brand, kicked off a touching tribute to Amy Winehouse who died last month at twenty-seven. He highlighted her amazing voice, which he called a timeless sound like a roar from the guts of humanity, telling the crowd, When a talent like Amy Winehouse comes along, it affects everybody.” He was joined by Tony Bennett, who likened her to prolific jazz singers, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald before debuting a duet he recently recorded with Amy. Bruno Mars delivered a loving performance of her cover of Valerie ending it with a final farewell, singing, Say Amy, oh Amy/ I love you darling, I love you darling/ Say Amy, whoa Amy, we’ll miss you baby.
Other stand-out performances came from Chris Brown, who didn’t win a trophy, but wowed the crowd with his stellar dance moves and Adele, who belted out Someone Like You so effortlessly, it’s no wonder she’s every artist’s favorite artist. Odd Future‘s Tyler ˜The Creator’ won the coveted Best New Artist award, beating out newbies Kreayshawn, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa with his hit, Yonkers prompting a profanity-ridden acceptance speech from the Wolfpack front-man.
Lil Wayne closed the show with a bang-literally, when he smashed the guitar he was using at the end of his set. He started off with an auto-tune assisted rendition of How To Love and followed up with a rocked-out version of John, set to Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. Weezy dropped the digital version of his highly anticipated Carter IV album following the show, with the physical album in stores yesterday.
The MTV Video Music Awards have always been a major source of drama in the world of music and A-list celebrities. From the 2003 Madonna and Britney Spears kiss to the more recent Kanye West and Taylor Swift incident, this annual awards show is constantly providing fans with something to talk about. But is that the only reason the program draws in viewers? The VMAs differ from more traditional award shows such as the GRAMMY Awards not only because fans can vote, but because there’s also the feeling that anything can happen. It seems that the hype is not built up around who will take home the most Moon Men, but what superstar with shock us the most.
In the past couple of years, the same few artists have been nominated for almost every category. The winners of each award have been fairly easy to predict and there have rarely been any surprises in the nominations or winners. This year, it seems like MTV is taking a different approach. While the nominees are fairly varied (Lady Gaga isn’t even nominated for Best Music Video), it’s curious as to how they came up with these choices. Lesser-known bands (by mainstream standards) like Manchester Orchestra, Foster The People, and Cage The Elephant were all nominated for their music videos this year. The problem is, MTV barely features bands like these on TV. In fact, there are rarely any music videos played on the channel, unless you’re watching in the wee hours of the morning. How much do MTV’s nominations and musical opinions really matter to the general public?
Maybe this is MTV’s way of trying to stay relevant in the music world. The nominated artists have definitely made an impact in the past year. They have appeared on late night shows and played the biggest music festivals across the country. But MTV doesn’t recognize most of these artists except for this one night. Do the Music Video Awards mean anything for music or are they just for show and amusement?
Check out the 2011 nominees here and vote for your favorites!