After ABC officially announced that Chaz Bono would become the first transgender person to appear on "Dancing With The Stars," Bono was viciously attacked by apparently transphobic Internet commenters across the blogosphere and on Twitter. Now his mother, music legend Cher, has responded, writing, " Mothers don't stop getting angry with stupid bigots who fk with their children!"
You tell 'em, Cher!
Cher then encouraged her fans to support Chaz on the show, and Bono thanked his mother for her support.
Cher went on to celebrate Chaz's courage for joining the primetime hit, and even retweeted a fan's supportive tweet that said Chaz "has the biggest ball of anyone on DWTS." Read on for more. Read More...
Can you guys believe summer is just about over? This is it! The end. That means it's also our last chance to reflect on the hot and heavy season that was.
All summer long we've been watching the charts to see which songs took off and which ones missed the boat, and now it's time to assess the damage.
We know Katy Perry made history when "Last Friday Night" moved into the No. 1 spot, giving her a fifth chart topper from her Teenage Dream record and tying Michael Jackson's record for most number ones from a single album. We also sat back and watched as Britney Spears' Femme Fatale gave the VMA-winning pop princess more top tens than any other record in her career.
This summer also marked hip-hop's return to the top of the charts, as its two biggest stars, Jay-Z and Kanye West, collaborated on a hit album, Watch The Throne, while Nicki Minaj scored her biggest smash yet ("Super Bass") and Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" joined forces for Bad Meets Evil and scored a hit with "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars.
Then there were those undeniable tracks, songs that were ubiquitous at radio. Chief among these, of course, was Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," a song that spent pretty much the entire summer in the top ten, peaking at No. 1 for several weeks in late-May and early-June. LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" has been an inescapable summer surprise, just like Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" – a song that was not originally intended as a single, but caught on so quickly after Mother Monster released it ahead of Born This Way that she corrected course, shot a video and watched it perform better at radio than her album's two lead singles, "Born This Way" and "Judas."
If there's one thing that's certain, it's that it's been a great summer for music. There's been so much good stuff that we in the MTV Newsroom can't decide what song to crown the Song of the Summer … so we're leaving it up to you. Vote in our Songs of Summer 2011 poll after the jump and let us know your fave. Polls are open now and close at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Vote now. Vote often. Tell your friends and take it to Twitter with the hashtag #MTVSOS. Read More...
Today is the last day of August and that means fall is just around the corner. Not only is it our favorite season, it means all of our favorite TV shows will soon be returning, Oscar-caliber movies will start hitting theaters and some hot records will drop.
It was an awesome summer for entertainment. At the movies, we saw the biggest film franchise ever come to a fitting, well-made and moving conclusion with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," a bunch of blockbusters turned out to be better than expected ("Thor," "Captain America") and some legitimately good films turned into surprise box office success stories ("The Help," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris").
As good as this summer's movies were, for us, however, this summer was all about music. We got a great collaboration record from Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch The Throne, plenty of dance jams from Lady Gaga's Born This Way and our favorite album of the year so far landed in late June – Beyonce's 4.
Seriously, watch this and tell us she isn't the best thing since sliced bread:
So what is waiting in the wings this fall? Read on to see what we are most looking forward to in music, TV and movies. Read More...
You sure did love
Jo Calderone Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars!
We asked which 2011 MTV Video Music Awards performance was your favorite and, as usual, you responded like gangbusters. We received 286,579 votes in just 27 hours (it was originally supposed to be 24 on the nose, but you guys were still voting so we didn’t want to screw up the fun), and while everyone got a little love, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga accounted for just over 94 percent of the total tally. BOOM!
While we’re not surprised that Gaga and Mars dominated (there’s no denying that both performances was fantastic), we are a little shocked that our girl Beyonce didn’t snag a little more attention. Baby bump reveal aside, she sounded amazing during her simple-but-lively take on the amazing 4 album track “Love on Top.”
Maybe next time, Bey. For now, things are coming up Mars and Gaga. Check out who took the crown as well as the final breakdown of all voting results, after the jump. Read More...
It was the moment of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyonce took the stage and announced, “I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me,” before tearing the roof off of Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre with her performance of “Love on Top,” a much-loved non-single (so far) track from her acclaimed album 4. As she wrapped up the song, Queen Bey unbuttoned her retro sequined purple jacket to reveal a baby bump, and the crowd went wild.
The camera panned quickly to B’s hubby Jay-Z, who was beaming alongside friend Kanye West in the audience. That evening, Beyonce set the record for the most mentions on Twitter per second with 8,868, and helped this year’s VMAs become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers.
The performance also did something else – something Beyonce was no doubt hoping for all along. It drew a massive amount of attention back to her album and pushed “Love on Top,” a song many had never heard before the VMAs, into the iTunes top 5. It’s not even an official single and it is already the highest charting song from 4 on iTunes and the album has returned to the top 10 and is currently, perfectly, sitting at No. 4 on the iTunes album sales chart.
Will Beyonce’s baby news provide the attention necessary to push 4 back up the charts, help it go platinum and give her a hit single? It looks like it may, and that’s a very good thing. Read More...
Everybody is still talking about last night’s MTV Video Music Awards!
From Beyonce’s baby bump reveal at the end of her smashing take on “Love on Top” (which is maybe our favorite song on the amazing 4) to Lady Gaga’s in-character performance of “You and I,” the show brought us some truly epic moments.
But while Gaga and Beyonce are sure to dominate headlines today about the show, we shouldn’t forget about the other fantastic performances that made last night’s show one of the biggest and best VMAs ever.
Early in the show, Bey’s hubby Jay-Z wowed the crowd alongside Watch the Throne collaborator Kanye West for a rousing take on their hit “Otis.” Later on, Pittbull brought out his hit “Give Me Everything,” while Adele did what she does best – stood there and sang (what a voice!) – with her new single, “Someone Like You.”
Chris Brown tore up the stage with his dance moves during an incredible (occasionally flying) medley performance of “Yeah 3X/Protect Ya Neck/Teen Spirit/Beautiful People.” Young the Giant rocked “My Body.” Bruno Mars paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse with a groovy, retro take on “Valerie.” And Lil Wayne closed the show with an unstoppable performance of “How to Love/John.”
There were so many great performances, we can’t even keep track. That’s where you come in. Tell us which performance was your favorite in our poll after the jump. Read More...
Everybody is still talking about last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The stars sure gave us all a lot to discuss, that’s for sure. From Beyonce’s unexpected baby bump reveal and Lady Gaga’s commitment to her alter ego, Jo Calderone, to Britney Spears’ big tribute and Bruno Mars’ cover of “Valerie” in honor of the late Amy Winehouse, the show brought us some truly historic moments.
But let’s not forget some awards were handed out too, and the stars who won them took their gratitude to Twitter, where everyone from Best Pop Video winner Britney Spears to multiple winner Katy Perry expressed thanks for the recognition.
“Can't believe tonight was even real! Forever grateful to my dedicated, wonderful fans - y'all made this evening possible. Love u!” an overjoyed Spears tweeted after the show.
Best New Artist winner Tyler, The Creator posted multiple profanity-laced (he’d have it no other way) tweets throughout the night, but the always honest MC revealed that he shed a few tears over his win, writing, “I F**king Got It N****. Wanted One Since 9, Did This S**t Alone, OFWGKTA. Moms Crying, Clancy Cried, I Legitly Cried In Tacos Arms.”
Read on for more tweets from the winners. Read More...
Today is the big day!
Tonight at 9 PM, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will be coming to you live from Los Angeles. Out in LA, crews are busy finishing work on the black carpet and pre-show stage where music’s biggest stars will strut their stuff at the JW Marriott Los Angeles before heading into the Nokia Theatre for the VMAs.
It’s all so exciting! Check out the video below as the final preparations come together. Don’t forget to tune in to the big show tonight and watch things go down behind the scenes live right here.
Listen, we’re just as surprised as you are!
Given all the hype, we thought Lady Gaga had this category hands down. We mean seriously, Mother Monster’s meat dress is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for goodness sake. And she was in the lead here for a good bit of the polling period, but a late in the game push from Lil Kim’s side of the line helped the tiny MC take the Wildest MTV Video Music Award Outfit Ever crown in our Ultimate VMA Showdown.
Guess she really is the Queen Bee. (Not to be confused with
Queen King B – that’s our girl Beyonce!)
Kim’s exposed her breast at the 1999 VMAs is obviously still turning heads over a decade later. Wearing just a pasty, the rapper famously presented alongside Diana Ross, who seemed both shocked and amused and gave Kim’s boob a lil feel. The crowd went wild and a VMA moment for the history books was born.
Kim’s pasty didn’t beat Gaga’s meat dress from last year’s awards by much – just eight percentage points (amounting to a little over 35,000 votes) separated the two. The only other famed ensemb to even really get in the game was Britney Spears’ sexy leather biker outfit from the 2002 awards. Brit grabbed 101,378 votes, taking 22.5 percent of the total. For a while, Spears and Gaga were in a bit of a heated contest for the top spot, but as votes started going Lil Kim’s way, Britney fell out of the race and will have to settle for third place. (She took the Wildest VMA Moment category with Madonna and Christina Aguilera for the kiss heard round the world, so we don’t think she’ll mind too much.)
Check out how things broke down, after the jump. Read More...
It’s almost here!
We’re talking about the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, of course. Here in the MTV Newsroom, we delight in taking you behind the scenes of the biggest and best events MTV has to offer to give you a taste of the excitement. It doesn’t get bigger than the VMAs, and we’re giving you a sneak peek at the preparations for the show.
Out in Los Angeles, crews are readying the black carpet and pre-show stage where music’s biggest stars will strut their stuff Sunday night at the JW Marriott Los Angeles. Watch it live right here!