Chelsea at the helm
Late-night "chat show" host Chelsea Handler makes her debut as host of this year's VMAs. But she's not giving away too much about any stunts she has planned for the evening. "I'm going to show some leg," Handler told E! Online. "In my show, I can't really show my legs off because I have to sit down, and a skirt kind of rides up, so I'm going to show off my legs." She also said, jokingly we think, that she'd like to make out with 50 Cent at some point. "Well, 50 Cent is like a woman," she explained. "He was in prison for awhile, so he could have been a woman while he was in prison." Let's hope she's not writing her own jokes for Sunday's show.
This year, the honor of performing the opening music number goes to Eminem. That's not a huge surprise since Mr. Marshall Mathers has pretty much owned the record charts this year with his album Recovery. He's also nominated for eight trophies on Sunday. What tunes will he perform? That's still under wraps, though chart-busting Love the Way You Lie, which would probably include a guest performance by Rihanna, seems like a given.
It's like you're there!
It's not an awards show without swag, and this year UsMagazine.com is giving away one gift bag to a lucky online reader. It's the same bag presenters and performers will get backstage and contains more than $500 worth of fashion and beauty loot. To enter, you have to "follow" @usweekly on Twitter and tweet the message: "I want to win the MTV VMA Gift Bag!" (The bag also reportedly includes a Jersey Shore Snooki bobblehead, but I'm sure you can just leave that behind.)
Speaking of Jersey Shore…
Yes, the meatheads from MTV's blockbuster reality show are among the presenters on Sunday. But so is the cast of Glee, including Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. Other presenters include: Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Katy Perry and Star Trek star Chris Pine. Among the performers are Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Justin Bieber, Drake, Linkin Park and Usher.
This report contains material from the Associated Press, MTV.com, CNN.com and E! Online.
Are you ready for the inevitable spectacle and shame-fest otherwise known as the MTV Video Music Awards? The annual exercise in excessive celebriteering will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday night at 9 on that cable channel that used to actually play music videos. You can skip it if you want, but you'll be reading about what crazy stunt happened for the next few weeks anyway. Remember Madonna rolling around on stage in a wedding dress back in 1984? It was at the VMAs. Britney Spears planting a big wet one on the Material Girl in '03? n The VMAs. And, of course, Kanye West swiping the microphone from a stunned Taylor Swift last year. Yep, the VMAs. Here's some of what to expect this year:
Kanye will behave … maybe
Let's answer the most important question first. If you're hoping for a repeat of last year's run-in between Kanye West and Taylor Swift — or maybe a touching duet to prove there are no hard feelings — stop holding your breath. Jesse Ignjatovic, the show's executive producer, says there's no chance of the pair reuniting in song a year after West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for best female video to proclaim that Beyonce should have won the prize instead. Kanye has been apologizing nonstop on his Twitter account in the last week. Swift, who's again nominated for best female video, isn't yet confirmed to even attend this year's show.