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Most Iconic VMA Moments: Beyoncé Puts Her ‘Love on Top’ and Makes a Huge Announcement

10 Jul

Is Beyonc ‘s 2011 performance of “Love on Top” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Beyonc goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

Hold Onto Your Baby Bumps While We Recall Beyonc ‘s Epic “Love on Top” Performance

Beyonc is one of the greatest performers of our generation, and this is a fact. She brings an incredible, unwavering intensity to her sets, both short and long. Her performance of 4 highlight “Love on Top” at the 2011 VMAs was no exception.

She breezed through the song, hitting every note perfectly. She worked the stage, holding every person in the audience – and every person watching on TV – captive. It was a joyous performance, full of life and energy. And when I say it was “full of life,” I mean that in a very literal way.

Until Queen Bey hit the VMA red carpet earlier that night, no one knew she was pregnant. And even by the time she took the stage, word wasn’t completely out to the masses. So you can imagine (or remember) what happened when, upon finishing the song, Bey silently announced, with the unbuttoning of her jacket and a fierce look in her eyes, that she was expecting her first child.

This was probably the most talked-about moment of the night, and to consider how big a feat that is, please remember that Lady Gaga spent the entire evening in character as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. Greatest ending to a performance ever? That’s up to you to decide. But if you’re still unsure, just remember how you felt when the camera cut to proud papa Jay-Z and an ecstatic Kanye West. You, like everyone else, felt a wave of happiness rush over you – don’t even try to deny it. Those who weren’t already on their feet rose instantly. #BowDown

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga’s iconic “Paparazzi” performance at the 2009 VMAs.

Read our feature on Eminem’s iconic “The Real Slim Shady” performance at the 2000 VMAs.

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Ellen DeGeneres Will Awkwardly Host the 2014 Oscars

8 Jul

Get up on your feet and start dancing to the blandest song on the radio, because Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars next year. The talk show dropped the Friday-morning bomb a few minutes ago on Twitter.

“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars!” She wrote. “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”

DeGeneres previously hosted the Oscars in 2007. Her gags included vacuuming the carpet mid-show, periodically chatting with nominees in the audience and other things people apparently found way more funny and comforting than I did.

On the bright side: She’s taking the reins from last year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, whose show was widely criticized for being unfunny and probably offensive.

Actors Who’ve Been Royally Screwed Out of an Emmy

11 Apr

Sure, there’ll always be someone snubbed at any given awards show, but it’s incredibly harsh at the Emmys considering the same people win every single year. (I’m looking at you, Modern Family.)

Derek Hough, who I’m sure is a fantastic guy, managed to walk out of Sunday’s ceremony with an award for Outstanding Choreography. This would’ve been great news and all had the world not come to the realization that the 28-year-old managed to snag an Emmy before, say, Angela Lansbury, who’s been nominated several over a 33-year period and has yet to win one.

Come on, even the Oscars found a way to bestow an Honorary Academy Award to Peter O’Toole after almost 50 years of being in the game without a single win. Surely we can stop giving Jim Parsons yet another award and start focusing on the underdogs, right?

Here are more injustices deserving actors who’ve yet to win an Emmy, in the gallery above.

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Kanye West Interrupting Taylor Swift Is One of the Greatest Scandals Of All Time!

3 Dec

Welcome back to Celebuzz’s Most Iconic VMA Moments showdown. In anticipation of of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most memorable VMA scandal ever. Two weeks ago, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA performance. (Britney Spears’ 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” won in that category.) Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. (Congrats, once again, to Britney’s 2002 dominatrix-meets-biker-chick look!) Now, it’s all about the drama! You may vote once per hour.

Is Kanye West‘s interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009 most scandalous VMA moment ever? Let us know by voting below – and then read on for some classic “I’mma let you finish” memes that demonstrate this moment’s impact.

I’mma Let You Finish, But This Is One of the Most Scandalous VMA Moments of All Time! OF ALL TIME!

By now, you know what went down. In fact, we’re still talking about this moment four years later. But as a brief refresher: In 2009, Taylor Swift took the stage to accept the award for Best Female Video. As she began making her speech, Kanye West ran on the stage, took the mic from her hands, and pronounced that Beyonc ‘s “Single Ladies” video was “one of the best videos of all time,” which kind of put a damper on Taylor’s excitement, if you can believe it. Beyonc looked on, mortified, and the audience booed. Loudly. Taylor looked heartbroken (and rightfully so). (Fortunately, when accepting the award for Video of the Year, Beyonc brought Taylor back out and allowed her to finish her speech. As if you needed another reason to love Beyonc .) As for Kanye…

This incident caused a wave of backlash against the rapper, causing him to pull out of a co-headlining tour with Lady Gaga and, essentially, vanish from the face of the earth for several months. Though he disappeared, he was not forgotten #BecauseInternet. Below, folks, you’ll see the evidence of a truly iconic moment.

[Memes via Know Your Meme]

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite scandal above. Remember, you can vote once per hour. May the most scandalous moment win!

Read our feature on Madonna and Britney’s big kiss in 2003.

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Lady Gaga Kills Herself and Gives Us Life While Performing ‘Paparazzi’

30 Aug

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Is Lady Gaga‘s 2009 performance of “Paparazzi” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Gaga goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

A Few Things to Consider About Lady Gaga’s Jaw-Dropping “Paparazzi” Performance

Some context: Lady Gaga was famous well before her iconic performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 VMAs. “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “LoveGame” smashed the charts earlier that year, and everyone was all, “That Gaga chick is so crazy!” But remember, this was pre-“Bad Romance,” pre-“Telephone.” It was before the meat dress, before the massively successful world tours. So when the curtain went up, people didn’t really know what to expect.

The unsuspecting – along with everyone else – were in for a treat. When Gaga took the stage for her first-ever VMAs performance, she let everyone know that she was The One To Beat. This performance helped catapult her to a level of superstardom not seen since Britney Spears rose to fame a decade earlier. Let’s be honest: do you really remember any performance from that night? (Not counting Kanye West‘s interruption of Taylor Swift, of course.)

But it wasn’t over yet. After a fierce dance routine, Gaga was all like “Oh, you think I’m a basic pop tart? Let me play you the song of my people” and gave us a few dramatic bars on the piano – one foot up on the keys like a modern day Tori Amos.

The rest, as they say, is herstory. Gaga’s outfit began bleeding, and as she stumbled across the stage, “dying” before our very eyes, it was clear that this would be a performance to remember. And we did.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 VMAs.

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Independent Spirit Awards 2013: Red Carpet Arrivals

1 Jul

How Did Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s Moves Turn Into Movie Magic?

26 Jun

Choreographer Mandy Moore talks Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's chemistry

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have danced their way to Academy Award nods for Silver Linings Playbook, but it didn’t come without a little help.

Choreographer Mandy Moore remembers how their dancing determination may just lead them to the gold… Oscar, that is.

“Neither of them were dancers. But it was amazing how open they were and the room was filled with so much energy and lots of hard work,” Moore told Celebuzz.

Even though Cooper, 37, may have had two left feet in the beginning, he was already planning what professional moves he could use off screen, she said.

“He said, ‘I like swing dancing — I can use that in the clubs!'” Moore recalled, laughing.

It was Lawrence, 22, who plays a dancer in the Best Picture-nominated drama, who surprisingly needed the boost in self-confidence.

“Poor Jen. I think I trained with her every day for six weeks!” Moore said. “Just to get her in shape for what she needed to do. I spent a lot of time with her and it was an intense project.

“I remember her saying to me, ‘I’m not a dancer and you’ll never get me to dance.’ But now look at her!

“She gave Bradley a run for his money.

“She was always determined and was going to get it no matter what. And she kills it in this film. She puts all the emotions on her face and all those things that [her character] Tiffany is supposed to be.”

And for added inspiration, Moore turned to the classics, of course, like tutorials from the pros in Singing in the Rain.

“I was floored when I first saw Jen and Bradley dance on screen. It was magical.”

Whether or not Cooper or Lawrence, who are both up for Best Actor and Best Actress, take home the statuette on Sunday night, Moore just wants them to show off their newfound moves when they party as a cast.

“Whoever comes out winning, I just hope we all get to celebrate together,” she said.

“All I have to say is enjoy the moment. All the hard work paid off, all the sweating and laughing was worth it.”

Who do you think will win the Oscar — Bradley or Jennifer? Or both? Let us know what you think is going to happen on Oscar Sunday, below.

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