Celebrity Sleaze – 08/28/2017

by Gino on August 28, 2017

in Celebrity Sleaze

KENDRICK LAMAR WINS BIG AT 2017 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS – (08/28/2017)

Please note the following story contains language that could be considered offensive.

2017’s MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday, August 27th, were arguably the biggest and most emotionally intense ever.

The blowout show featured five stages and a record number of performances, plus the whole party was hosted by Katy Perry, who landed onstage from above in full sparkling space regalia.

  • The party got off with a fiery bang courtesy of Kendrick Lamar, who brought ninjas, set a dancer on fire and literally and figuratively blazed through “DNA” and “HUMBLE.” Little did we know, he was setting the stage for the rest of the night.
  • Lamar led the award noms with eight, with Perry and The Weeknd nipping at his feet with four each. Lamar dominated, bringing home the top award and beating out both Bruno Mars and The Weeknd for Video of the Year. He also for won Best Hip Hop Video.
  • Before the 36th annual awards show even kicked off, there was buzz building. Not only did the do away with gender-specific categories, it also featured a new category, dubbed Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates socially conscious music.
  • Oh, and the award formally known as a Moonman should now be referred to as a Moon Person. In the same politically charged gender-neutral spirit, MTV invited transgender active duty service members and vets to the awards show. (This is set, of course, against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s recent ban on transgender troops from the U.S. military).
  • Another issue that got tongues wagging beforehand was the “will she or won’t she show?” seemingly never-ending Taylor Swift drama. “And if she does, will she perform?” And either way, “will she and former frenemy/show host Perry make nice with each other?” (Spoiler: NOPE, Swift was a no-show, although her video did premiere).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Perry backstage prepping to “go to space” with help from Peggy Whitson, Kevin Bacon and other Hollywood space cadets.
  • Paris Jackson giving an impassioned speech calling for love, equality and bravery in the face of bigotry.
  • Fred Armisen and Perry’s behind-the-scenes Namaste.
  • DJ Khaled’s baby. More than once. Kid knows how to party.
  • Jared Leto’s heartbreaking remembrance for Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell.
  • The camera panning to get Ellen DeGeneres’ reaction to everything funny (or not funny) Perry said.
  • Pink’s lovely, strong, sweet, smart speech to her daughter (and young girls everywhere).
  • Overall, the serious but uplifting tone from performers, presenters and audience members who appeared to be ready to party, slay and fight for their right to do so.

WINNERS

Best Video of the Year:

Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”

Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist:

Khalid

Best Fight Against the System
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Race & LGBTQ) (Def Jam)
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration) (Atlantic Records)
Big Sean – “Light” (Race) (Def Jam)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Body image) (Def Jam)
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment)
John Legend – “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records)

Best Hip Hop Video:

Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best Collaboration:

Zayn and Taylor Swift: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop Video:

Fifth Harmony: “Down” [ft. Gucci Mane]

Best Dance Video:

Zedd and Alessia Cara: “Stay”

Song of the Summer:

Lil Uzi Vert: “XO Tour Llif3”

Best Choreography:

Kanye West: “Fade”

PERFORMANCES

  • Sheeran brought it with soulful of “Shape of You” and Lil Uzi Vert made a surprise appearance onstage near the end; the pair then did a rendition of Uzi’s “XO Tour Llif3.”
  • Julia Michaels delivered a passionate and issue-free “Issues” (until the commercial break cut her off).
  • Shawn Mendes didn’t hold back anything for “Holdin Me Back” and neither did the audience.
  • Lorde didn’t even bother lip-syncing, instead just did a hilariously low-tech interpretive dance to “Homemade Dynamite” that felt like the sort of thing only your favorite drama geek bestie from high school … or Lorde … could get away with without looking like a lazy sell out.
  • Fifth Harmony brought a little bit of everything to “Angel” and “Down”: space, rain, sunshine, shade.
  • Miley Cyrus slayed with “Younger Now” in a full 1950s get-up and bizarrely, seeing her fondle a bunch of elderly people onstage while she did so felt kind of perfect.
  • Demi Lovato hit a stage plopped smack in the middle of an epic pool scene to perform “Sorry Not Sorry” as a crowd cheered her on in their bikinis.
  • Pink embraced her inner icon as she performed a medley of her greatest hits. Fitting considering she also accepted the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award.
  • Alessia Cara took to the stage in “You’re Beautiful.”
  • Cara and Troye Sivan performed a somber, heartfelt, heart-wrenching “1-800-273-8255.”
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars hit the stage for “Walk on Water.”
  • Rod Stewart and DNCE perform a mind-bendingly retro and undeniably weird “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” We’re not sure, guys. We’re not sure.
  • Perry mustered the energy after an action-packed night of hosting for an athletic, spirited rendition of “Swish Swish.” Nicki Minaj helped her bring it home with her fearless sexy sass.

RED CARPET

YEP!

  • Wow, Paris Jackson was more chic than ever in a sheer Christian Dior dress over a matching bra and shorts combo. The graphic, linear floral design looked like it was created to highlight and compliment her generously inked bod.
  • Demi Lovato was pure unadulterated swagger in head-to-toe Zuhair Murad. The revealing peek-a-breast lace top was balanced with a sequin harem slacks and pointy black heels.
  • Lil Yachty had an adorable sweater moment.
  • Cardi B looked equal parts 80’s Madonna, ‘60s Stepford Wives and ’17 RHOBH. And it was good. White-hot jumpsuit.
  • Loved Vanessa Hudgens’ on-trend long red gown featuring ruffles in all the right places and sheer panels in the other ones.

NOPE!

Noah Cyrus was looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, but we wish we could have borrowed them when gazing at her, to put it charitably, comfy-looking oversized T-shirt get-up paired with the thigh high shiny black leather boots. Girl, no.

Dude we get that you can bring it or leave it to the notoriously laissez-faire VMA red carpet, but really Ed Sheeran? A blue t-shirt, black jacket and navy pants? Thassit?

EH

  • Zzzzzzzzzz. Lorde’s normally refreshing dose of humor and drama was missing in her bridal-lite Monique Lhullier sleeveless gown. What was up with the ostrich feathery skirt? Many fashionistas were impressed but we were hoping for more … personality.
  • Millie Bobby Brown is 13 going on 53 in this admittedly chic and fashion-forward but strangely too-mumsy studded Rodarte gown.
  • Julia Michaels brought Oscars-level fashion and while it was undeniably gorgeous, it somehow fell flat. It was either too voluminous or the skirt was too long. Maybe both?
  • Fifth Harmony. Looking at all of you ladies. EH.

TAYLOR SWIFT BREAKS THE INTERNET – (08/28/2017)

Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is breaking records and is close to breaking the internet: her lyric video for the song received more than 19 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours. By press time, the views had increased to over 40 million.

The lyric video, which features chess pieces and slithering snakes, is Swift’s biggest YouTube debut, surpassing her previous debut of 17 million views with “Bad Blood.”

The Chainsmokers’ lyric video for “Something Like This” featuring Coldplay previously held the record with 9 million views in one day. Swift’s single is also trending No. 1 on Twitter.

Swift also broke streaming records on Spotify and is on track to sell 500,000 digital copies of the tune in the first week, which would give Swift the biggest sales week since Adele released “Hello” in 2015.

Meanwhile, Swift’s highly anticipated debut of her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs didn’t disappoint. The singer showed off a fierce, unapologetic persona in the video, which saw Swift in full zombie makeup, scowling while bathing in a tub full of diamonds, and robbing a vault with a posse of kitty cat-masked pals. A triumphant Swift stands atop a writhing pile of her former selves, all clawing and kicking at each other to make it to the top. Add to that a few jabs at her known music industry nemesis Kanye West and Katy Perry, and it’s clear that the old Taylor, as she says at one point in the song, really is dead. The music video had over 8 million views in just a few hours.

Fans flooded Twitter with memes and reactions in celebration of the singer’s new look and attitude.

Taylor was nominated in the Best Collaboration category at the VMAs for her duet with Zayn Malik on “I Don’t Want to Live Forever.” The duo won, making Zayn the first former One Direction member to nab a Moon Person for a solo project. Neither Malik nor Swift was present to accept the award.

TAYLOR SWIFT, UPS TEAM UP TO DELIVER NEW ALBUM – (08/28/2017)

Noted Grey’s Anatomy fan Taylor Swift has been called on to help kick off a new season of ABC’s Thursday night lineup. The superstar’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is the soundtrack for a teaser clip that highlights Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Swift’s “White Horse” was featured in the season five premiere of the medical drama, and lead actress Ellen Pompeo appeared in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video. The singer even has a cat named after Pompeo’s character, Meredith Grey.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s website has a whole new murderous look, including gray, black and diamond merch utilizing the singer’s newest signature: snakes. The pre-order collection includes a $75 black, snake-embossed and gothic-lettering hoodie, two different versions of gold and silver-plated zircon crystal snake rings ($60), a Taylor Swift “REP” phone stand, and an array of t-shirts and hats. There’s also a Target exclusive for the new album, which includes two different magazine style covers, a poster, “16 Pages of Handwritten Lyrics by Taylor Swift,” paintings, poems and fashion portraits.

In an attempt to ward off scalpers and bots when her Reputation tour tickets become available, Swift is urging her fans to register with Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift Tix program and engage in “unique activities” to increase their chances of getting concert tickets. The activities include watching videos, buying her music and merch. A video of cute cartoon kittens explain how to do it.

Also, Taylor has teamed up with UPS to deliver Reputation when it’s released November 10th. If you see one of the trucks, you could win Taylor Swift concert tickets if you tag UPS on social medial using the hashtag #TaylorSwiftDelivery. You can also enter to win a trip to see a Taylor Swift concert when you pre-order her album from UPS. The trucks began rolling out on Saturday in Nashville, Atlanta and New York City.

The news came with a mysterious video that showed Swift – who embraced her darker side in the revenge-themed clap-back song – writing a note and packing a white gift box into a UPS shipment, just before making eyes directly at the camera. 

 

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