Once a year, we're treated to a cultural event unlike any other: the MTV Video Music Awards. Some of the moments from ceremonies past will live forever in our mind, from Chris Rock joking about Jennifer Lopez and her derrière's need for more than one limousine to Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim's exposed breast. The show knows how to provoke controversy, and has thus remained a lightning rod for pop culture discussion since it began in 1984. This list isn't about the most controversial moments in the award show's history, but the most mesmerizing live performances it gave us (some of which, yes, surely did drum up some controversy).
1. Madonna - "Like A Virgin" 1984
Possibly one of the most iconic performances ever, period. Madonna's signature wedding dress and 'boy toy' belt are still synonymous with 80s pop culture, and it's all thanks to this performance. She rolls around on the floor quite suggestively, setting the tone for what we've come to expect from both the Queen of Pop and the VMAs.
2. Madonna - "Vogue" 1990
Madonna returned to the stage in 1990, decked out in Marie Antoinette-inspired clothing, and delivered this perfectly choreographed rendition of her classic "Vogue." Though completely covered as an 18th century aristocrat, Madge still managed to sexualize the performance by shoving faces into her bosom and lifting up her skirt to allow her backup dancers a peak beneath.
3. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott - "Like A Virgin/Hollywood Medley" 2003
Now that's how you open an award show. Or is it? The downside of this majesty: it ended up being all anyone could talk about... for ten years. I don't think anything in VMAs history earned this must discussion until the dawn of Miley. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, at the time the two biggest pop stars around, having been so clearly influenced by Madonna, took to the stage to pay homage to her 1984 VMA performance only to be joined by the Queen herself. As everyone knows, eventually the Material Girl smooched both Spears and Aguilera (though for some reason, we mostly just focus on Britney Spears) before Missy Elliott came in and got everyone dancing away the shock.
4. Beyoncé - "Love On Top" 2011
NO. SHE. DIDN'T. This was a moment I'll never forget. Beyoncé came out, annihilated the song (which is an incredible feat in and of itself, spanning six key changes in one number), but then dropped the microphone and grabbed her budding baby bump to announce her pregnancy to the world. This performance still gives me chills, and when I think about it, I can't help but want to jump up and down like Kanye does at the end. It's just perfect.
5. Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke (feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) - "We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U" 2013
The performance that everyone knows about... so much so that my grandfather just called me to ask how he can clear "Miley Cyrus twerk" from his YouTube history. In combination with her video for "Wrecking Ball," this performance made sure everyone would be talking about Miley Cyrus for months to come. It provoked discussions about sexuality, racial appropriation, and age differences. Not to mention, it helped destroy a marriage (thus leaving us to deal with a groveling Robin Thicke).
6. Diddy, Sting, Faith Evans, 112 - "I'll Be Missing You" 1997
A tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., this is an undeniably beautiful and meangingful song. Sting coming on stage to perform the sample of "Every Breath You Take" shows more than just artists collaborating to make wonderful music, but it demonstrates the music community coming together in remembrance of loved ones.
7. Beyoncé - "Ring the Alarm" 2006
Beyoncé is a goddess. We know. Beyoncé can do no wrong. We know. At the time of this performance though, Queen Bey was just beginning to prove just how much of a force to be reckoned with she was. I distinctly remember not being familiar with this song as she descended to the stage, but this performance sold me on it. The highlight isn't the amazing trench coat she twirls around in during the beginning of performance, but that unexpected hydraulicks-inspired dance routine that she does in the middle. Girl just slayed and slaaaayed.
8. Chris Brown & Rihanna - "Wall to Wall"/"Umbrella"/"Billie Jean"/"Kiss Kiss" Medley 2007
Let's go back to a time when saying "Chris Brown" and "Rihanna" in the same sentence didn't immediately present a problem and focus on this gem of a performance from 2007. The two were rising stars with some of the biggest songs of the year, joining forces on stage for a magical moment. Say what you will about Chris Brown, but he's the best dancer we've had around since Michael Jackson. As he table-top dances and leaps from table to table, even eventually paying tribute to MJ, we were reminded of just how good he is.
9. Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" 2009
Ladies and gentleman, Lady Gaga has arrived. She gave the sort of performance we've come to expect from her: theatrical, filled with musical ability, bizarre, and shocking. Mostly in the way it ended, with Mother Monster hanging on stage and bleeding to "death." Um... this was truly a shocking moment, even for her.
10. Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U" 2001
What made this one memorable? For one thing, she beings the performance in a cage with a tiger. That's just the start. Then she gives us the sort of magnificent dance routine that we love so much we're willing to worship whatever she does now just in memory of a performance like this. Just as you're thinking it won't get any better, the python comes out and Britney shimmies around the stage with the albino snake around her shoulders. (Can you believe there is an entire generation of people who were only able to witness Britney performances like "Gimme More?" I shudder to think).
11. Britney Spears - "Satisfaction/Oops! I Did It Again" 2000
This performance is perfect (and by that, we mean that it's flawed in a variety of ways, but if you're looking for real singing or anything substantial, watch the Grammys and hope for the best). Watching it now, knowing that she's going to rip off that suit and hat and give us one of the best choreographed hair tosses ever recorded, we can't help but get excited. The nude body suit and that booty grab at the 2:00 mark really cemented her place as a sex icon (as if the subtle schoolgirl costume and red latex catsuit hadn't already).
12. Hole - "Violet" 1995
Courtney Love is nothing if not raw. She dedicated this performance to a slew of deceased musicians and loved ones, including husband Kurt Cobain and bandmate Kristen Pfaff, and proceeded to rock out in typical Courtney style and tried to destroy everything on the stage. This, of course, happened before she threw the contents of her purse at Madonna and struck up a conversation in the middle of an interview.
13. Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady" / "The Way I Am" 2000
Eminem made a statement in 2000 by proving that he was the real Slim Shady, marching through Radio City Music Hall with a sea of imitators. More impressively is how many times he grabs his crotch. You'd think he was in genuine fear of being assaulted or something.
14. Kid Rock (feat. Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joe C.) - "King of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Bawitdaba"/"Walk This Way" 1999
What's not to like about this performance? As much as I wish I didn't like Kid Rock, I have to give him his props. This performance was stellar, and is probably one of the only performances on this list that my brother enjoyed watching too (just kidding, we mentioned Britney Spears stripping into a nude bodysuit, right?).
15. Michael Jackson - Medley 1995
At a whopping fifteen minutes long, this performance is more of a Michael Jackson concert than a VMA performance. However, it's definitely one of the better ways to spend fifteen minutes, as this performance is jam-packed with everything you'd expect from a Michael Jackson performance. He is the King of Pop, after all.
Famed Hollywood make-up artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. The Oscar winner worked on some of the most iconic films of the 1970s, including Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Deer Hunter, and The Stepford Wives, and he was also responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Mob boss Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
He scooped an Academy Award in 1985 for his work behind the scenes on Mozart biopic Amadeus, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2012 for his career achievements.
Born Richard Smith in 1922 in Larchmont, New York, Smith entered the TV industry upon leaving college, working at NBC for 14 years, where he pioneered the use of latex in painting on face make-up, now considered the standard technique for studio cosmetics.
He went on to become one of the most respected make-up artists in Tinseltown for his ability to make young actors appear decades older. He also wrote a book on movie cosmetics, titled Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook.
Smith, who earned the nickname 'The Godfather of Make-Up' during his career, died on Wednesday (30Jul14). The details of his passing had not been made public as WENN went to press.
Miley Cyrus is courting more controversy from her sick bed by showing off her latest raunchy music video.
The We Can't Stop hitmaker is currently recovering from a severe allergic reaction to medication she was taking for a sinus infection, and she has been forced to cancel a host of concerts on her Bangerz world tour in the U.S. and Europe.
However, on Thursday (01May14) the pop star showed she is determined to stay in the headlines by uploading her latest music video to her YouTube.com account. The promo features the singer naked except for a pair of black latex underwear with her nipples covered by strips of black tape.
The bondage-themed clip for her track Tongue Tied shows Cyrus blindfolded by strips of latex as she provocatively licks her lips and slathers her body with black paint. Cyrus plans to resume her world tour with a show at London's O2 Arena on 6 May (14).
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This week's episode in a nutshell: The gang of John Reese — who had just returned after going AWOL due to his grieving over the death of Joss Carter, Harold Finch, Samantha Shaw, and Lionel Fusco — had to help Kelli Lin (Elaine Tan), an art thief, steal the Gutenberg Bible from a very, very secure building to emancipate her from the ruthless Czechoslovakian criminals who were holding her daughter hostage. The Czechs were also killing people to frame Lin. They did all this while also trying to thwart an intrepid Interpol police officer (Henri Lubatti) on her trail There was much banter, technology, gymnastics and also a modicum of punches thrown.
Did The Good Guys Win?
Yes. They were able to get Lin off free and even got the Interpol Agent on her side.
- Finch wagging his eyebrows at a patron, pretending that he and Reese were a couple at an art event, which led them to meet Lin for the first time.
- Finch looking mildly perplexed at the instructions on how to set up a 3-D printer. They used it to make makeshift fingerprints to get past a scanner at the building.
- Shaw's moment of pause when Finch told her to lick her latex fingers to help thwart the scanner's temperature reading
A Couple of Somewhat Unrealistic Moments
- A set-up of what look like gymnast bars on the ceiling for Lin, who had been a World Champion gymnast for China prior to her life of crime, to use to get over an electric fence. It was still nowhere near as silly as the stuff in Gymkata.
- Fusco somehow being able to intercede twice and keep Reese and Shaw from being arrested at different intervals. Cool scenes, but still...
It was a tie between Reese suddenly appearing in on the webcam in the room that the little girl was being held hostage and beating up her captor before freeing her and the silent tribute to Carter at the end of the episode.
Reese Angst Level
Minimal. He did have a drink poured for Carter at the end of the episode, but other than that, he was the same hyper-focused Reese who often solved problems with his fists.
Did Reese Kick People's Asses?
In one scene, he was overpowered by guards, but that was by design to allow Shaw and Lin access into the building. He did destroy the captor of Lin's child. So, yeah.
Was It a Good Episode?
Yes, since it was a straight-forward one, which was welcome after the long arcs of the past few weeks. I'm sure there will be more twists and turns in the near future, but this was a good change of pace. Sarah Shahi is really doing well stepping in as the main female lead.
"AWOL and air travel and he doesn't miss a beat." Shaw talking about Reese
"Finch, where's my spare weapon?"
"I moved it to the history section. Update your arsenal, John." Shaw thought Reese could use slightly more modern weapons
"I know how to work it... along with the .380 in my handbag. So watch it." Shaw getting all the good lines in the episode
"Did I just hear the word 'Mommy'?" Shaw, realizing that things had just gone really sideways for the gang after she initially thwarted Lin from getting the Gutenberg Bible
"I already cut myself loose." Lin to a shocked Finch and Shaw, who thought they had tied her thoroughly; fortunately, she realized she needed their help
Miley Cyrus is courting controversy once again with the video for new single Adore You after sharing a teaser in which she pleasures herself while writhing around in a bed. The pop superstar is shown wearing skimpy underwear in the black-and-white preview as she stares seductively into the camera, while she is also featured leaning back and slipping her hand into her panties.
Cyrus shared the clip with fans on her Instagram.com page on Saturday (21Dec13), but they will have to wait until Boxing Day (26Dec13) to view the promo in full.
The 21 year old is no stranger to risque performances - she stripped off for her recent Wrecking Ball video and grabbed headlines in August (13) when she twerked and gyrated through a raunchy dance routine with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, wearing nothing but Latex underwear.
Saucy singer Miley Cyrus has thrown her weight behind a campaign supporting women's right to strip off. The pop star has come under fire in recent months over her provocative stage performances and flesh-flashing costumes, which have included a racy routine in a skin-coloured Latex two-piece with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13).
Cyrus, who also stripped off in her Wrecking Ball video, is now backing the controversial Free The Nipple campaign, a drive aimed at decriminalising female nudity in the U.S. and ending restrictions on showing the female form in movies.
She posted a link to the campaign's Twitter.com page on her account, along with a photograph showing her holding up a fake nipple.
A representative for the campaign subsequently thanked the star for her backing.
Pop singer Miley Cyrus and reality TV star Kim Kardashian have been named the worst dressed celebrities of 2013. The singer earned first place in Time Magazine's annual countdown for the nude-coloured Latex two-piece she worse on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in September (13), followed by Kardashian at number two.
Anne Hathaway came in third place, with magazine editors citing the pale pink Prada dress she worse to this year's (13) Oscars ceremony as her main fashion crime.
Cyrus redeemed herself slightly by earning a mention in the publication's Best Dressed list, landing the number six spot.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence was named the most stylish star of the year, ahead of British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Rihanna in second and third place respectively.
Robin Thicke has ruled out the prospect of performing with Miley Cyrus again, insisting their raunchy routine at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was a one-off. Cyrus made headlines in August (13) when she hit the stage in latex underwear to perform a saucy 'twerking' routine with Thicke to his hit track Blurred Lines, and footage of the raunchy stage show became an Internet sensation.
Both stars are expected to appear at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in the Netherlands on Sunday (10Nov13), but Thicke has now confirmed there will be no repeat performance with Cyrus.
He made the revelation in an interview with U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, who asked whether fans could hope for another racy duet and Thicke replied, "Oh no, no no no... No no, definitely no, definitely not."
The singer also revealed that although the VMAs performance was planned, he had no idea Cyrus would don such a raunchy outfit, adding, "You know the only difference was she didn't wear that outfit in rehearsals, so it never seemed as bad, it seemed more playful. And to us, there was no sexuality between us, it was all silliness and fun, it was like throwing a party at your house and being silly."
One Direction singer Harry Styles has paid tribute to fellow pop star Miley Cyrus by donning her raunchy latex outfit from the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13) for a Halloween party. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker courted controversy when she stripped off to flesh-coloured underwear while wielding a foam finger to perform a saucy routine with Robin Thicke at the musical ceremony earlier this year (13).
Styles has now found his own way to credit Cyrus by choosing to mimic the former Disney star's infamous look for a Halloween party over the weekend (02-03Nov13).
In a photo posted on Instagram.com by the band's hairstylist Lou Teasedale, Styles can be seen sticking out his tongue while wearing nude-coloured shorts and using a foam finger to preserve his modesty.
Styles is not the first celebrity to channel his inner Miley for Halloween - Hugh Hefner and his wife Crystal dressed as the Cyrus/Thicke combination, while Paris Hilton also opted for a Cyrus-inspired costume for the Playboy Mansion party last week (ends01Nov13).
Styled to Rock seems like the hundredth show on Bravo to try and recapture the audience of Project Runway. C’mon guys, can you let it go already? The only difference between Project Runway and Styled to Rock is intermittent appearances by Rihanna. It also seems to rest on celebrity more than talent.
Each week, designers must create an outfit for a guest judge with an additional twist or challenge thrown in. The only difference is the "rock" angle allows the designers to produce more flamboyant, avant-garde, and "costumey" pieces. They also get the luxury of using "rock" as a reason their work is unfinished. The format is a little different, to avoid copyright infringement, and has the top and bottom designers separated before their designs are finished at a process called "The Pull."
Judges include Pharrell, supermodel Erin Wasson and Rihanna’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg. The winner gets a cash prize, appears in Glamour magazine, and they end up sewing costumes in a basement working on Rihanna’s design team. It seems like a really elaborate job interview to become a design assistant for a celebrity. Also, most celebrities tend to wear high profile fashion designers. If the prize incoporated music video or tour costumes, it'd be a better career win for a new designer.
Wasson and Ottenberg do not have much in the way of personality. They’re so robotic and monotone that even a cogent, thoughtful critique comes off as catty. They don’t have the likable personality that earns their snarky comments. Rihanna and Pharrell also seem like they want to be in the show as little as possible. Rihanna gives confessional interviews about the challenge but doesn’t interact much with the designers. Pharrell is a “mentor” but does not appear during the design phase.
The show does promise tons of drama. They have selected a random array of contestants. Flighty leatherworker Ahni Radvanyi won the first challenge with a very well-crafted body suit inspired by Nicki Minaj. However, she described the process as "giving birth to a thought baby" with her "brain juice." Andre Soriano channels every gay Project Runway contestent ever with sassy commentary, short shorts and a shredded T-shirt. There's also icy latex-fetish designer Laura Petrielli-Pulice. These crazy contestants guarantee that fur will fly. That fur will then be glued on a bra and worn by Rihanna onstage.
The celebrity judges include popular musical acts like Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen and...Khloe Kardashian? Glee star Naya Rivera and Kelly Osborne will also appear.
Clearly, Styled to Rock is resting more on celebrity than on making celebrities. Project Runway is like PR/design bootcamp. Talented designers come up with great soundbytes and amazing designs. Styled to Rock has designers contructing psuedo-glamorous outfits for celebrities. Only time will tell if this series can shine bright like a diamond.