Queen B leads VMAs
BLOOD, buttocks, snakes and angry rants are just some of the surprises served up by the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) over the past three decades, and as tonight’s ceremony looms, there is stiff competition to deliver the show s next most outrageous stunt.
R&B star Beyoncé and newcomer rapper Iggy Azalea lead the nominees at the VMAs with eight nods each. Winners will receive their Moonman” statuettes at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California.
But the night is rarely about the winners rather, all eyes will be on the performances and the surprises.
Since launching in 1984, the VMAs have been synonymous with irreverence and unscripted moments.
Key moments include Howard Stern baring his buttocks as Fartman in 1992, Britney Spears’s sultry dance with a snake in 2001, and 2009’s eventful show where Lady Gaga smeared blood on herself and a ranting Kanye West ripped Taylor Swift’s award out of her hand on stage.
Last year, pop star Miley Cyrus became the talk around water coolers after thrusting her latex lingerie-clad twerking dance moves on stage and into the zeitgeist during a raunchy performance of with Robin Thicke.
With Cyrus in attendance but not set to perform, the achievement of this year’s most talkedabout VMA moment is up for grabs to the boldest competitor.
Every artist looks at the VMAs as one of the most competitive live performance moments.
Everybody really brings their A-game and comes to own the night,” said Amy Doyle, executive producer of the live telecast ceremony.
Knowing that a lot of historical music moments are made on this stage, they want to be part of VMA history.”
Beyoncé, who last stole the VMA spotlight in 2011 when she revealed her baby bump on stage, is vying to outdo herself this year with one of the most ambitious” performances the show has hosted, Doyle teased.
She will be doing something that no other artist has ever tried to do before.”
With a lineup of performances from Swift, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this year s show is also dominated by the women of pop music, reflecting a growing prominence of solo female talent in the music industry.
Females are definitely making the most interesting music in the pop-sphere right now,” said 22year-old British singer Charli XCX, who is nominated in the artist to watch category and will perform her hit song
at the pre-show. Women strive to control their own careers now and change the way people view them in the pop industry.
I think that’s amazing because it’s hard to be a woman in this industry,” she said. AMERICAN power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z did not violate US sanctions on Cuba by travelling to the communist-ruled island last year, a US government review has found.
The four-day visit in April 2013 was a cultural trip fully licensed by the Treasury Department, organisers said at the time.
The long-standing US trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from travelling to the island without a licence granted by the US government.
Beyoncé and Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana on a four-day people-topeople visit that involved no typical tourist activity such as trips to the beach.
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