Failed performances or not, we should have known that Britney Spears’ relationship with the VMAs would never be completely over.
While it’s still unclear whether the singer will be hitting the MTV stage again anytime soon, Spears has offered her improved self to several of the event’s promos.
Still not sure who Russell Brand is? Well, you probably aren’t the only one. In the following clip, the comedian tries to teach the pop star his name.
Will Britney win either of the two categories (Best Female Video, Best Pop Video) she’s nominated for? Find out when the 2008 Video Music Awards air on September 7.
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If you couldn’t stomach the thought of seeing Jason Segel’s privates, you probably missed one of Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s great cast additions. Fortunately for you, that scene stealer will soon be storming American television.
Although he is barely known on this side of the water, British comedian Russell Brand (Marshall‘s Aldous Snow) has been chosen by the MTV to host the Video Music Awards this September. Brand, who has a bit of a reputation of being a bad boy, was apparently chosen after execs saw him performing his stand-up routine in LA.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Brand has been associated with the network. Russell acknowledges that he was fired from his job as a VJ in London when he came to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden…on Sept. 12, 2001.
So what can viewers expect from the wild-haired comic? If his recent appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien show was any indication, it is going to be the funniest broadcast yet. (You can see that clip after the jump.)
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Unless you were under self-imposed media exile last year, you saw the avalanche of coverage following the Britney Spears appearance at the VMAs. Spears poorly performed “Gimme More” to seven million home viewers last year, though many more would witness her antics thanks to the streaming videos which cropped up everywhere. Will MTV really give her the chance to do it again?
President Van Toffler (MTV Networks Music Group) gave a somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment to the Associated Press that “everyone deserves a second or third chance, right?” But don’t take his comment too lightly. In a world where any press is good press, the mere promise of Spears at this year’s VMAs could create a whirlwind of media coverage. MTV likes press.
The Video Music Awards will air live on September 7, with performances being given from sound stages and rooftops. Right now, it isn’t certain whether Brit will actually perform - but it is certain MTV will want her there for the sake of ratings alone.
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Before this evening’s festivities begin, the producers of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards should really thank the scandal-plagued artists who’ve unintentionally thrown publicity their way. Tonight, we’ll be thinking about those performers who’ve canceled because they need to be in rehab (Amy Winehouse) and closely watching those who should probably go back (Britney Spears).
We’d been warning you for weeks that this would be a one-time only telecast, but in case you forgot—we hope this helps. And for those who live on the West Coast (like me), you can play along and read our coverage as if it were in real-time:
OK, so the MTV Video Music Awards are not one of my favorite awards programs. For one, I don’t even get to see music videos anymore because of all of the reality programming on the music networks. Whatever happened to the days when the music channels actually showed videos? Maybe I’m showing my age here, but when I was a kid (wow, don’t I sound old), there were videos on every hour of the day. Sigh. Those were the days. The VMA’s are trying to change things up a bit this year by making the celebration last all weekend—and filming the show at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The producers plan to use the entire property, moving away from the stale stage format that every other awards show employs. Will it make the show any more watchable? Eh, don’t count on me tuning in. If you’d like to check it out, it airs on September 9th.
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Good news for you Jack Black fans—Jack will be hosting the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, airing on August 31st. Said Black of his hosting gig, “Prepare yourself for a rip snortin’ humdinger.” Ah, I love a good quote, and Jack seems to sum up all of the goodness in one small quip. The awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York and will include performances by Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Panic! at the Disco and Ludacris. MTV President Christina Norman had her own succinct quote about Black’s hosting credentials, stating he is the “perfect mix of comedy, rock, irreverence and star power.” Black has been in a string of films, including School of Rock and the more recent release, Nacho Libre. His band, Tenacious D, will have a semi-autobiographical film coming out on November 17th. If you are a Jack Black fan, check out his work with Tenacious D—some absolutely hilarious stuff, although not for the faint of heart. I admit some of the content makes me blush, but I can still laugh through the embarrassment.
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