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Drama reigns at VMAs before awards show even airs



By MESFIN FEKADU

Snakes and stage slips: There's drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun yet.

Days before the big show, Iggy Azalea slipped offstage while performing "Fancy" at a MTV benefit concert, later posting the video on Instagram and making fun of herself. More seriously, a 6-foot-long boa constrictor bit a background dancer during a rehearsal for Nicki Minaj's performance of "Anaconda," MTV News reported. MTV said Minaj was onstage, and the female dancer was treated onsite and transported to a hospital.

At another rehearsal, a show worker fell from one of the winding, sloping platforms on the stage at the Forum in Inglewood, California, which reopened in January after a $100 million makeover. And rap mogul Suge Knight was injured in a shooting early Sunday at a West Hollywood nightclub for an unofficial pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.

The back-to-back drama is making the popular awards show, airing Sunday night, a trending topic on social media even before an award is handed out, though trophies often take a back seat at the VMAs, which are all about the moments. And the show will likely provide even more memorable moments once it kicks off, much like last year's VMAs, which we will call the Video Miley Awards.

Miley Cyrus is returning Sunday, this time as a nominee for video of the year with "Wrecking Ball." She isn't set to perform, but the outrageous singer, who has kept quiet recently, could surprise with another twerking moment that could own the night and steal the spotlight from the slew of A-list pop divas.

Beyonce will perform and receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. She's the leading nominee, competing for eight awards, including video of the year for "Drunk In Love."

Taylor Swift, who is fully venturing out into the world of pop music, will sing her new song "Shake It Off" for the first time. And Ariana Grande, who is releasing her sophomore album, "My Everything," minutes after the VMAs wrap, will perform twice, including opening the show with Minaj and Jessie J for "Bang Bang."

"I'm so excited. ... MTV has been so supportive to me and I can't thank them enough," said the 21-year-old Grande, who is nominated for three moonmen for best pop video, female video and collaboration for "Problem" with Azalea.

Azalea, like Eminem, has seven nominations. The Australian rapper is nominated twice for both best female and pop video thanks to the success of "Problem" and "Fancy." The latter will compete for video of the year.

Charli XCX, who co-stars on "Fancy," said she first met Azalea on the set of the "Clueless"-inspired music video after they recorded the No. 1 hit separately. The 22-year-old English singer, who was also featured on last year's summer smash "I Love It" with Icona Pop, is nominated for the artist to watch award for her breakthrough solo hit, "Boom Clap."

"I mean it's cool, that's for sure," said Charli XCX, who said she's got four outfits lined up for Sunday. "I'm excited to be there because I haven't done an awards show like on my own, if you know what I mean."

She'll battle girl group Fifth Harmony and rising acts who have topped the charts this year, including boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, rapper Schoolboy Q and pop singer Sam Smith, who will also perform Sunday night.

"My dreams are coming true this weekend. I'm performing at the VMAs," Smith said at the MTV benefit concert also featuring Azalea.

Smith's "Stay With Me" is also up for best male video, pitting him against Eminem, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell, whose "Happy" is also nominated for video of the year.

Sia's "Chandelier," which has helped the singer-songwriter achieve a musical breakthrough this year, will battle Pharrell, Azalea, Beyonce and Cyrus for the night's top trophy.

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patriot1too August 24 2014 at 5:26 PM

Where has the real talent gone to in America. Everything is all of a sudden just all about shock value. Some half dressed fluzzy acting like some street slot while holding a mic. Or some saggy pants sideways cap neck tattoed hoody wearing thug crouched over slinging his hands around while spewing nonsense into a mic. Its not talent. Its monkey see monkey do mind posion on Americas already dumbed down youth.

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patriot1too August 24 2014 at 5:27 PM

Does MTV now stand for Moron TV?

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musicvideo1967 patriot1too August 24 2014 at 11:04 PM

It used to be about music and videos but now it shows the vile bums of this generation doing nothing, saying nothing, just a 24/7 game of mental masturbation and self gradification. This country is doomed with the youth of today leading it, just a bunch of weak willed, losers. Take a look at the Billboard Top 100 songs and that says it all. TOTAL JUNK! Imagine a song like "It's about the base" being the number one song in the country LOL LOL LOL LOL. If that is number just imagine the crap below it!

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sal7851 patriot1too August 25 2014 at 2:27 AM

Moral free TV.

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Pat August 24 2014 at 6:20 PM

There isn't a one of them worth my time. These creatures aren't worth my time. The ***** like miley and the rest of them that think people want to see their bodies are just a waste. Put some of your effort into making good music instead of freak shows!

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phishman1 August 24 2014 at 6:05 PM

Whaaaat? A shooting, say it isn't so. I'm totally surprised that the well behaved african community would ever do something like this. I'll be. Wait, are we sure it wasn't a white cop who just opened fire?

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BJ August 24 2014 at 5:55 PM

It seems that it is all about who can act like the biggest slut...

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gerbersmail BJ August 24 2014 at 6:13 PM

I wasn't aware Kim Kardashian was there.

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John gerbersmail August 24 2014 at 6:48 PM

Oh, she will be there, with the rest of her trashy clan.

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just do it BJ August 24 2014 at 7:53 PM

yep miley was there too

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charles000 August 24 2014 at 6:01 PM

Some nameless rapper gets shot at a Chris Brown party . . . gee, imagine that. Meanwhile, there was a time, long ago, when music talent was actually just that . . . real musicians, playing instruments, singing songs, actual music performances - what a concept!

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just do it charles000 August 24 2014 at 7:56 PM

but they MISSED Justine AND chris!! damn shame manja and her snake wasn't there too!!

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pat10s August 24 2014 at 6:16 PM

So much for Good Music Awards. It is now all African garbage with all colors, to hell with all of them!

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kathleen_smith121 pat10s August 25 2014 at 1:25 AM

Yep! And gyrating around half naked as if they were back in the African Jungle doing a fertility dance right before the group sex. Oh sorry now it's a "rain forest".

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jechandle pat10s August 25 2014 at 11:42 AM

Here's the real twist. According to current scientific theory, everyone on the planet's ancestry can be traced back to Africa.
Unless you are strictly an aficionado of classical music, and in some cases even it, we can also bet that any of the music you prefer has at least some of its roots in African culture.
And it's not just "now." There have been performers for thousands of years that tried to mask their lack of ability by creating a spectacle.

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Viper1ex19 August 24 2014 at 5:48 PM

You can call it "Cursed" if you want.

I say; when you do stupid crapp, bad things happen [period]

Jackass comes to mind here.

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jechandle Viper1ex19 August 25 2014 at 11:43 AM

. . . , of the John Lennon song, "Instant Karma."

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ectullis August 24 2014 at 5:17 PM

A shooting would be of no surprise

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exitscreaming August 24 2014 at 7:06 PM

A bunch of over-produced lame posturing posers and deluded tools...

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