Covergirl, Trojan, and Kia Win Big at MTV Video Music Awards!

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My Phone Because the TV Kept Telling Me to Use It
Nicki Minaj
Last night was the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, brought to you by State Farm, Covergirl, Trojan, Kia, Verizon and more. In our preview last week, we mentioned the increasing emphasis on interactivity at the awards, but my goodness was last night an absolute social media assault sponsored by sponsors. The criticism of every MTV generation is of its ever-decreasing attention spans, but even as someone who has relished each and every Taco Bell VMA Big Box I consumed this week, it felt like this year's VMA weren't meant to be watched but #watched .

It wasn't a bad show. It wasn't a great show. After last year's all-time classic VMAs, this year had a lot to live up to that it flat-out couldn't. Not unlike the 1998 Video Music Awards, 2014's installment had a handful of cool moments spread across a telecast that was mostly forgettable. Nobody was reunited, reinvented or revolted, it was ultimately an alright award show. Anyone referring to it as the "worst VMAs ever" (and plenty on Twitter did last night) needs to revisit the miserable floating experiment of 2004 where everyone looked miserable, or more recently the 2012 VMAs that were booked opposite Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention that absolutely nobody was at. 2014 was significantly better, so let's look at what memories we'll be taking away to be edited in-between Howard Stern as Fartman and Madonna kissing Britney for future VMA montages.

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Your Guide to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 2011 and 2013 editions, with a stacked line-up of performances and seriously hard-to-call nominees up for the Moon Men. If you haven't had a chance to catch up on all the recent happenings but have had your curiosity piqued by the advertisements in Taco Bell, we've got you covered with this round-up of what's going down.

See also: Were the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards the Greatest of All Time?

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Were the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards the Greatest of All Time?

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Number 9...Number 9...Number 9
With the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, the music world and Taco Bell both seem to be abuzz with VMA fever. But as excited as we are about this year's telecast, VMA season has us nostalgic for some of our favorite Video Music Awards memories. One particular telecast we keep coming back to is the 1999 installment. Hosted by Chris Rock from right here in New York's Metropolitan Opera House, it was heavily promoted for months to air on 9/9/99, using the repetition of The Beatles' iconic "Revolution 9" to fully embed the date in our heads. The night was a celebration of music at a time when the industry was at its zenith and MTV held its strongest influence. It was also one heck of a show.

But was it the greatest Video Music Awards of all time?

See also: In Defense of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards

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"Miley Twerking On Things We Should Talk About" Is a Tumblr We Should Talk About

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The speed at which that story by The Onion savagely ridiculing CNN dot com's decision to put the "news" of Miley Cyrus' VMA performance on its front page yesterday was astounding. It filled Facebook and Twitter feeds--currently sitting at an astounding 243.5k FB likes and 13.4k Tweets. (Even more astounding: 1.7k people have shared the story on Google +) The Onion spoof is a story people want others to see, because it's a story that directly reflects their outrage about real news being swept under the rug in favor of salacious dreck. Now, some enterprising someone has created a similarly minded Tumblr, "Miley Twerking On Things We Should Talk About." Take a look at it.

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A Brooklyn Bodega Is Selling a Strip of the VMA Red Carpet For $5,000

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Photo: Brett Koshkin
Just before Miley destroyed the world by dancing lasciviously with sad bears, the stars of Sunday's VMAs trotted their fit and happy haunches down the red carpet in front of a thirsty press corps eager to ask them who they were wearing and snap pics of them posing. Nothing too special, we suppose, considering the red carpet is a time honored tradition of ass kissery that started long ago and will go on until the sun goes dark. Buuuut this red carpet took place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, up Sixth Ave and rounding the corner at Dean St., a relatively quiet block (save for the NYFD testing their Jaws of Life a couple times each day) with friendly long-time neighbors and a trusty corner bodega, Dubai Mini Mart, which made for some very special moments. Like this: Dubai Mini Mart is selling a strip of the VMA red carpet that hosted Snooki, Sway, Taylor Swift, One Direction and the rest of God's Most Perfect Angels on eBay. It can be yours for the measly "Buy It Now" price of $5,000.

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In Defense of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards

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Marilyn Manson

This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, but when outside sources are left with the task of looking back, it's lead to some pretty unfair and harsh judgments. Sunday's show marks 15 years since the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, a VMAs which has come to be frequently ranked among the worst ever broadcast. I disagree. In fact, 1998 was a pretty important turning-point for the show that helped continue to build a VMAs legacy that continues today.

See also: Your Guide to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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The 10 Most WTF Moments In VMA History

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This Sunday, the MTV Video Music Awards come to Brooklyn and are sure to make us LOL, say "OMG," and definitely go WTF!?!?! To celebrate, we've compiled a list of the 10 most WTF moments in VMA history.

See also: Your Guide to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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Your Guide to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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2013 MTV Video Vanguard Recipient Justin Timberlake

This Sunday is the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The 30th installment of the annual anything-goes award show, this year's festivities are, for the first time, broadcasting live from Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Also historic is the brand new KAWS-created redesign of the iconic Moonman. Unlike last year, where some of the show's thunder was stolen by running opposite the Democratic National Convention and President Obama's speech, MTV seems to know that all eyes will be on it this year and have stacked the show from top-to-bottom. So, for those of you who are thinking of tuning in because you've finally outgrown those "MTV doesn't play videos" jokes, here's our rundown for what'll be going down Sunday night.

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Live-Blogging The 2012 Video Music Awards: We Are Never Ever Ever Gonna Use Tonight As A Bellwether

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How much Swiftian shock will we see tonight?
Has the live-blog been obliterated by Twitter? Let's find out on MTV's biggest night of the year, the Video Music Awards, which this year will feature Taylor Swift (in business casual on the double-decker red carpet right now), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Green Day, among others, as well as honors to various clips designed to big-up the biggest pop tracks of the year.

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School On Top: Lessons From This Year's Video Music Awards

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Nicki Minaj: The VMAs' Bravest.

It's been about 15 hours since the Video Music Awards blew by in a cloud of bleeped-out curses and plastic chains, which is just enough time to let the night's bigger-picture themes sink in. After the jump, a few thoughts on What It All Means For Us.


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