MTV arrests steep decline in its video awards show
NEW YORK (AP) — It may have been a lousy night for Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the event offered some glimmers of hope for the network.
The Nielsen company estimated that 5.23 million watched Monday's annual tribute to what's current in popular music across several Viacom-owned networks. While that's down from the 5.68 million who watched last year, the network appears to have slowed the show's rapid decline over the past years while showing increases in digital engagement.
Madonna says she didn’t intend to do tribute to Franklin
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says she wasn't asked and didn't intend to do a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The pop star was scorched online for telling a lengthy story about Franklin on Monday's show that had more to do with herself than the Queen of Soul, who died last week.
Review: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons
NEW YORK (AP) — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons.
Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post Malone for artist of the year.
"I can't believe this is for me," Cabello said Monday onstage.
Camila Cabello takes top prizes at MTV VMAs
Logic stages immigrant protest at VMAs with parents, kids
NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing white T-shirts with the message "We are All Human Beings," more than two dozen immigrant children and their parents joined Logic and Ryan Tedder on stage Monday night at the MTV Video Music Awards to protest President Donald Trump's separation and detention policy.
Madonna’s rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place.
Talking politics at the MTV Video Music Awards
The Latest: Post Malone, Aerosmith merge to close VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards (all times local):
Post Malone was joined on stage by Aerosmith to give a wild-verging-on-bizarre dual performance to close the MTV Video Music Awards.
Malone, wearing garb that looked like a toddler's footie pajamas with yellow, blue and pink smiley faces, began the Monday night performance with fellow rapper 21 Savage on his hit "rockstar."
He was then joined by the actual rock stars who are nearly 50 years his senior.
Winners of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Winners of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, presented Monday at Radio City Music Hall in New York:
Video of the year: Camila Cabello, "Havana"
Artist of the year: Camila Cabello
Song of the year: "Rockstar," Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
Best new artist: Cardi B
Best collaboration: "Dinero," Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B
DJ Khaled, Amber Rose and more at the VMAs
MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin
NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it.
The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is "working on a lot of different options."
Franklin, who was 76, died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez's two-decade music career will be honored at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
The network announced Tuesday that Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Aug. 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Lopez, who last performed at the VMAs in 2001, will also perform at the show.
NEW YORK (AP) — The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations.
MTV announced Monday that the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20.
The MTV Video Music Awards will return to New York City, airing live from Radio City Music Hall on August 20th.
MTV, MSG Live and the New York City Mayor's Office marked the announcement with a symbolic "moon landing" that took place outside Radio City. The stretch of Avenue of the Americas outside the venue was also renamed "VMA Way."
MTV’s Video Music Awards are heading back to New York
NEW YORK (AP) — After spending a year in California, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the East Coast.
The network announced Tuesday that the 2018 VMAs will be held Aug. 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Last year's ceremony was held in Inglewood, California, and the year before it was at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The Latest: Lee descendant pastor stands by church problems
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee resigning as pastor (all times local):
A pastor and descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee says he stands by what he said about his North Carolina church reacting negatively to his comments on MTV supporting racial justice activists.
Viewership down for MTV’s Video Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — No longer the event it was when Eminem ruled the charts, the MTV Video Music Awards tallied 5.68 million viewers across 10 different networks on Sunday for a show dominated by Kendrick Lamar's coronation and the debut of Taylor Swift's new video.
That's down from the 6.5 million people who watched the VMAs in 2016, and the 9.8 million who watched the year before, the Nielsen company said. In 2002, back when the show was seen only on MTV, the event drew 11.9 million viewers.
Winners of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Winners of the MTV Video Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Video of the year: "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar
Artist of the year: Ed Sheeran
Collaboration: "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," Zayn & Taylor Swift
Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were about performances and powerful words.
Kendrick Lamar kicked off the show with a mini-medley of his songs. The fiery set included a man totally engulfed in flames. Lamar went into the evening with eight nominations, followed by Katy Perry and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each.
Lorde was suffering from the flu at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (08.27.17).
The 20-year-old singer - whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor - revealed on Twitter following the glitzy bash that she had required an IV drip just to attend the ceremony at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Lorde, who wore a lilac feathered gown on the red carpet, was originally scheduled to sing her new single, 'Homemade Dynamite'.
But the New Zealander actually performed an interpretive dance to the song instead.
ShowBiz Minute: Lamar; VMAs; Box Office
Kendrick Lamar was the big winner at this year's MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (08.27.17).
The 30-year-old rap star won six prizes on the night, including Best Video of the Year, Best Art Direction and Best Hip-Hop, after opening the awards bash at The Forum - which was hosted by Katy Perry - with live performances of his hits 'DNA' and 'HUMBLE'.
Pink recalled an empowering story involving her six-year-old daughter Willow as she collected the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (08.27.17).
The 37-year-old star - who was handed the prestigious gong by her close pal Ellen DeGeneres - used her acceptance speech inside The Forum in Los Angeles to deliver an uplifting story featuring her young daughter, who she has with her husband Carey Hart.
Lovato wears black tie, Paris Jackson in peekaboo Dior AT VMAs
Lovato wears black lace, Katy Perry changes up looks at VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato kicked off one of fashion's most out-there evenings Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards as she strutted in a risque black lace bodysuit with matching sparkly harem pants by Zuhair Murad as the night's host, Katy Perry, showed off a white one-shoulder dress by Stephane Rolland as her first of many looks.
VMA artists, speakers call for equality, suicide prevention
The MTV Video Music Awards are known for creating viral moments meant to shock or amaze. But this year's show was a much more grown-up affair that was full of important speeches, exciting performances and pop culture events.
MTV VMAs full of emotional, political moments; Lamar wins 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video.
Lamar's "Humble" won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He also gave an explosive performance of "Humble" and "DNA," backed by ninjas dancing near fire.
Politics are center stage at MTV Video Music Awards
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — From the very first prize presented Sunday, and even before the show began, politics took a starring role in MTV's Video Music Awards.
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, appeared during the ceremony to present the Best Fight Against the System, a category created this year to recognize music videos that embody activism and social justice.
The Latest: Kendrick Lamar wins MTV video of the year award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, which are being presented Sunday night in Inglewood, California (all times local):
Kendrick Lamar is the winner of the MTV Video Music Award for best video of the year for his hit "Humble."
Lamar was the evening's top-nominated performer and won six awards, including the evening's top award. He also kicked off the show with a fiery performance of his songs "DNA" and "Humble."
Demi Lovato, DNCE and Rod Stewart will perform at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
The 25-year-old singer will take to the stage at The Forum in Inglewood, California on August 27 with her track 'Sorry Not Sorry', that is nominated for Song of the Summer.
DNCE - who won last year's Best New Artist award - will join forces with Rod for what promises to be an epic performance of his hit 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'.
Rod Stewart to perform remotely on MTV Video Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod Stewart will perform a reworked version of his hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" remotely from Las Vegas at the MTV Video Music Awards, to be held in California.
MTV announced Wednesday that Stewart will perform the 1978 song with pop band DNCE on Sunday. The network said Demi Lovato will also perform remotely from Vegas.
Pink to get Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — Pink's 17-year-old music career will be honored at the MTV Video Music Awards with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The Grammy-winning singer will receive the honor Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, MTV said Tuesday. She will also perform at the awards show.
The Vanguard award honors musicians who have had an impact on pop culture with their songs, fashion and music videos. Past winners include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.
Kendrick Lamar to perform at MTV Video Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Top nominee Kendrick Lamar is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month.
MTV said Thursday that Lamar will take the stage at the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Lamar is nominated for eight awards.
Previously announced performers include host Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd and host Katy Perry will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month.
MTV announced Monday that Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also hit the stage Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready to roar with Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards: The pop star is hosting the show next month.
MTV announced Thursday that Perry will host the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Perry is nominated for five Moonmen, including best pop video for "Chained to the Rhythm."
Perry, whose hits include "Teenage Dream" and "Roar," won video of the year in 2011 for "Firework."
Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with an impressive eight nods.
The 30-year-old rapper is in with a chance of scoring a gong for Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography for the video for his hit single 'Humble', whilst the musician himself is also up for Artist of the Year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" is giving the rapper reason to brag: He is the leader of the MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations.
Lamar and his No.1 hit song are nominated for video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop video and other prizes. Katy Perry and The Weeknd are behind Lamar with five nominations, while Bruno Mars is up for four Moonmen.
The 2017 VMAs will air live Aug. 27 from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
MTV’s Video Music Awards return to West Coast for 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After spending a year at Madison Square Garden in New York, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the West Coast. The network announced Thursday that the 2017 VMAs will be held Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Forum previously hosted the VMAs in 2014, when Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith performed.
Nominations for the 2017 VMAs will be announced in July.
Beyonce proves she’s in a lane of her own at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna to Britney Spears.
Beyonce won eight awards, including video of the year, and performed five songs from her visual album "Lemonade" in an epic 16-minute concert Sunday that had the audience at Madison Square Garden in awe.
Beyonce dominates an Olympic-sized VMA awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards show was all about performances that got the sweat dripping, the muscles ripping and the adrenaline pumping. Here are the top moments from Sunday's show:
JUST CALL THEM THE BEYONCE MUSIC AWARDS
If there was any doubt that this night was all about Beyonce, she killed any notion of that idea with her amazing medley of songs from her incredible "Lemonade" visual album.
Gabby Douglas hospitalized, misses MTV Video Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas was hospitalized Sunday night, forcing her to miss a scheduled appearance with her U.S. teammates at the MTV Video Music Awards.
"Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury. She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications," publicist Lesley Burbridge said in an email to The Associated Press.
Michael Phelps put a name to his famous Phelpsface: Future
NEW YORK (AP) — The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, offered a name to go with his famous Phelps face Sunday night and it's one word: Future.
Phelps introduced Future at the MTV Video Music Awards, revealing that he was listening to the rapper and singer's "Stick Talk" when he was photographed grimacing, hood up, headphones on, sitting in a chair near rival Chad le Clos from South Africa before a race at the Rio Olympics.
Complete list of winners of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards
Complete list of winners of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, presented at Madison Square Garden in New York:
— Video of the year: Beyonce, "Formation."
— Female video: Beyonce, "Hold Up."
— Male video: Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna, "This is What You Came For."
Beyonce wins MTV VMAs with knockout 16-minute performance
Beyonce took home the most Moon Men on Sunday night — and she totally owned the MTV Video Music Awards.
The superstar brought the audience to its feet with a show-stopping selection of songs from "Lemonade." She wore a floor-length white fur to sing "Pray You Catch Me," then shed the angelic overcoat to reveal a black bodysuit with lace sleeves and her sculpted figure.
"If y'all came to slay, sing along with me," she said.
Four of the Final Five from Rio get hugs from Beyonce
NEW YORK (AP) — Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished ailing teammate Gabby Douglas well and got hugs from best female video winner Beyonce on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Simone Biles, in a girly red mini dress, had an attack of the giggles as she shared the stage with Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
Winged Beyonce and her golden Blue Ivy win the VMA carpet
NEW YORK (AP) — Accompanied by daughter Blue Ivy sporting a big tulle train, Beyonce was angel-winged and green-feathered Sunday night on the white carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the wildest celebrity fashion parades of the year.
Kanye West compares himself to Jobs, Disney, Hughes, Ford
Kanye West compared himself to Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Harry Truman and Henry Ford before unveiling his new video at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
West described himself as a "thought leader" in a rambling speech that included a defense of his "Famous" video and shout-out to former flame Amber Rose.
Michael Phelps, Final Five gymnasts to present at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — Recent Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five are heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV said Thursday that Phelps, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian will present awards at Sunday's show in New York City.
Britney Spears raffles clothes for Louisiana flood victims
Pop star Britney Spears is giving the clothes off her back to raise money for the Red Cross to benefit victims of widespread flooding in her home state of Louisiana.
Spears, who's from Kentwood, tweeted out links Tuesday to a fundraising site that offers $10 raffle tickets to win an outfit from her upcoming performance on Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards or a trip to New York to see her at the show in person.