Other Awards: September 2007 Archives

Silverman still defending VMA jokes

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Sarah Silverman still is responding to the negative reaction to her Britney Spears jokes at the MTV Video Music Awards. ‘‘The joke that everyone was upset about — me calling the kids ‘adorable mistakes’ — was the most innocuous joke,’’ the 36-year-old comedian tells Us Weekly magazine in the issue that comes out Friday. ‘‘It never occurred to me that would be deemed hurtful or over the line.’’ Says Silverman: ‘‘I don’t want to get into feuds with girls half my age. I’m in it to be funny and not for the drama. It’s embarrassing.’’ ...

Another CMA performer ... the Eagles?!

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First, Bon Jovi surrendered the pretension and immigrated to the country charts. Now the Eagles seem to be going back, back, back to their roots. The classic-rock hit band will make its first-ever awards show performance at the 41st annual CMA Awards airing live at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 on ABC.

The band's decision to appear on the CMA Awards follows the success of their recently released country single, "How Long," which has been climbing the country charts. "How Long" is the first single from the group's soon-to-be released double album, "Long Run out of Eden." ...

More performers set for CMAs

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"Country Music's Biggest Night" announced today that Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood will perform at the 41st annual CMA Awards, airing live at 7 p..m. Nov. 7 on ABC from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

T.I. tops field with nine BET Hip-Hop nods

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T.I. leads the pack for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with nine nominations, including best collaboration, best live performance, CD of the year and lyricist of the year. Other artists with multiple nods include Lil’ Wayne with seven, Chicago rappers Kanye West with six, and Common with five, Jay-Z with four, Ludacris and 50 Cent with three and Diddy and UGK with two. The latter will be honored with the ‘‘I Am Hop Hop’’ Icon Award during the ceremony. ...

Your complete ’07-’08 awards-season calendar

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Here they are, all the announcement and awards-show dates that make up the awards season we call The Gold Rush ...

"Leave Britney alone!!!"

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Chris Crocker's online video has been viewed millions of times already, and he's none too pleased with critics' dismissal of Britney Spears' opening performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. It's a fascinating, hypnotizing bit of angst, whichever side of the debate you're on.

But the video you really need to watch is Crocker's other related post, "Britney, this is for you" — his own bedroom performance of Britney's "Gimme More." Because here's the deal: If Britney had performed with this much passion, energy and conviction, or even that hair (notice we didn't say talent ...), the critics wouldn't have bashed her in the first place.

Belinda leads nominees for MTV Latin Awards

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LOS ANGELES — With five nominations, including best pop artist, best solo artist and artist of the year, Mexican star Belinda leads the list of nominees announced today for this year’s Premios MTV Latin America. Spain’s Alejandro Sanz and Argentina’s Babasonicos each follow with four nominations, while Division Minuscula, Julieta Venegas, Mana, Panda, Paulina Rubio, Gustavo Cerati, Miranda! and Kudai scored three each.

The awards show will air live in 24 countries from Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes on Oct. 18. It will also be shown on MTV2 and MTV Tr3s in the United States and on some non-cable channels in Latin America.

Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, Cafe Tacuba and the Cure are scheduled to perform on the program. Three new award categories have been added this year: ‘‘Fashionista Award,’’ for best dressed celebrity; ‘‘Best Urban Artist Award’’ for best R&B, rap, hip hop or reggaeton; and the ‘‘Influencia Award,’’ honoring an influential artist with a long career.

NEW YORK — Kanye West blames MTV for Britney Spears’ less than stellar performance at the Video Music Awards.

‘‘Man, they were just trying to get ratings, and they knew she wasn’t ready and they exploited her,’’ the 29-year-old rapper said today on Sirius Satellite Radio’s ‘‘The Morning Mash Up.’’

The network made a ‘‘bad move’’ by having the troubled pop star open Sunday’s event in Las Vegas, said West, who feels he should have kicked off the show with ‘‘Stronger,’’ the first single from his new album, ‘‘Graduation.’’

‘‘They exploited her, they played me and I really don’t mess with MTV,’’ he said.

Spears, 25, looked unprepared while performing her new song, ‘‘Gimme More,’’ to a bewildered audience of her music industry peers. She seemed nervous and, at times, stopped singing altogether.

West said he wanted to perform ‘‘Stronger’’ on the show’s main stage — where R&B hotshot Chris Brown wowed the crowd with Michael Jackson-esque dance moves — but complied when he was asked to host a suite party.

West said it was a blow to the ego when Justin Timberlake, who also hosted a suite party, ended up ‘‘on the big stage’’ to give the closing performance with Timbaland and Nelly Furtado. ...

Britney? Fat? C'mon, she was really just bad

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NEW YORK — The consensus is clear: Britney Spears performed like she was sloshing blindfolded through mud at MTV’s Video Music Awards. No one disputes that the troubled pop princess royally mangled her much-heralded comeback.

But what about the nastiest comments of all — those about her body? ‘‘Lard and Clear,’’ read Monday’s headline in the New York Post. ‘‘The bulging belly she was flaunting was SO not hot,’’ wrote E! Online. And so on.

Was it fair? Did Spears, lest we forget a mother of two, deserve to be held up against the standard of her once fantastically toned abs, sculpted by sessions of 1,000 tummy crunches? Or was she asking for it by choosing that unforgiving black-sequined bikini?

More profoundly, in an age where skinny models and skeletal actresses are under scrutiny for the message they’re sending young girls, what does it say that we’re excoriating a young woman for a little thickness in her middle?

It's official: Britney's back — at MTV's VMAs

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LAS VEGAS — With skin, snakes and smooches in her past MTV repertoire, there’s no telling what’s in store Sunday when Britney Spears opens this year’s Video Music Awards. The 25-year-old tabloid magnet will perform ‘‘Gimme More,’’ the first single from her upcoming album, MTV has announced. ...