Nick Jonas Reveals the One Talent He Doesn’t Have

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NIck Jonas has proven to be a master of many talents: singing, acting, modeling and now, making premium tequila.

But when iHeartRadio tweeted out a headline asking «what can’t @nickjonas do?», Nick was quick to ‘fess up to the one talent he can’t claim.

«Whistle.» he tweeted back.

The joke follows Jonas’ announcement on Wednesday (Aug. 28) that he’s teaming up with fashion guru John Varvatos and spirits giant Stoli Group on a new premium tequila called Villa One

The admisison rings true if you’ve seen the JoBros perform their hit comeback single «Sucker» live, since it’s brother Joe who handles the whistling duties on that one:

 

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First Stream: New Music From Lana Del Rey

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A titanic beauty spreads a macabre wave of horror! A terrifying masterpiece of shock and chills!

Lana Del Rey is literally a huge star in the mind-warping video for her cover of Sublime’s «Doin’ Time.»

The Rich Lee-helmed clip that dropped on Thursday (Aug. 29) pays homage to the schlocky 1958 Nathan Hertz-directed drive-in cult classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, with a gigantic LDR walking across L.A. plucking palm tress out of the ground like blades of grass, taking sips from water towers, stepping gingerly over freeways and checking her lipstick in office tower windows.

The long-awaited visual for the hazy cover slated for inclusion on the singer’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! album, due out tomorrow (Aug. 30), comes a week after Rey released the Lee-directed clips for «Fuck it, I love you» and «The Greatest.»

When we rejoin the action, a gigantic LDR crouches down to take a dip in the ocean. The scene shifts to an acutal drive-in, where a blonde Lana leans on a vintage 1950s car and waits for her boyfriend to grab her some snacks, only find him making out with another woman. The video features an extended orchestral interlude where massive LDR does a balletic dance on the beach and blasts sand at the drive-in denizens, before stepping off the screen to teach the cheating chump a lesson.

Watch the «Doin’ Time» video below.

 

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Missy Elliott Recalls Craziest Moment in Her Iconic Videos

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After celebrating her two-decade-plus career at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night with a performance featuring a slew of her hits, Missy Elliott knew she did a great job when the first text she received after the performance was from another musical icon and longtime friend: Janet Jackson.

“She was like, ‘You shut that (expletive) down,’” Elliott said, laughing in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, a day after the VMAs. “And just to know that Janet even said that word was amazing. And I was like, ‘OK, I must have done good for her to use that (word).’”

Elliott, who has collaborated musically with Jackson in the past, received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Monday night for the eccentric and vibrant music videos that helped establish her as a trailblazer on the music scene. The 48-year-old Grammy winner said the road to creating iconic videos was not easy. She said in the “She’s a B—h” clip, which includes a scene where she and others are submerged, two of the dancers “had asthma attacks just from being underwater.”

For “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” — her 1997 debut single where she wore an inflated trash bag — she recalls walking “to the gas station to use the air pump… in Brooklyn to pump up the suit, and then realized I was too big to fit in the car, so we had to walk … on the main street in this outfit all the way to set, and it had deflated.”

She confirmed that the bees in the “Work It” video were in fact real. And in the “Pass that Dutch” clip when she was lifted up and rapping from a cornfield, “they dropped me on my knees; I thought my kneecaps had broken.”

“I was just doing these videos and… it wasn’t like I was doing them and trying to make a point for later down the line. I was just doing it,” she said. “A lot of people say, ’Hey you should have gotten (this award) a long time ago and I realize that I’m a spiritual person and so I always say, ‘I’m on God’s time.’ And so whenever God says it was time for me to have it is the correct time.”

Elliott’s VMA performance also included the well-known hits “Lose Control” and “Get Ur Freak On,” as well as “Throw It Back,” the first single from her new EP Iconology, released last week. Her performance also featured dancer and actress Alyson Stoner, who first gained fame as the young child who danced with skill in the “Work It” video.

“It’s been 17 years since we shot that video,” Elliott said. “I couldn’t have done it without (Alyson). I was like, ’I’ve got to have Alyson in here because everywhere I went since then people have always been like, ‘What happened to that little girl that used to be in your ‘Work It’ video?’”

At the VMAs, Elliott also honored late R&B singer Aaliyah when she gave her acceptance speech. Elliott and Timbaland wrote and produced a number of hits for Aaliyah, from “One In a Million” to “4 Page Letter.”

“I always pay tribute to her. And I’m always in contact with her brother, you know, checking on them. Even though each year makes it a year longer, it always still feels like it was yesterday,” Elliott said of Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash 18 years ago last Sunday.

“I could still hear her laughter and I could see her smile and almost kind of could sense what she would be like today. She’s always been a risk taker and never a follower because when she chose to work with Timbaland and myself, we had style that was so different; she could have picked any other producer and writer that was already hot and popping,” she continued. “We hadn’t had anything out but she heard something in us and so I know that she would have just been setting the bar high.”

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Here’s Everything You Might Not Have Seen (But Can’t Miss) at the MTV Video Music Awards

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Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello Cuddled All Night Long

The pair certainly got cozy onstage when they performed “Señorita” together, but the PDA only continued as they couldn’t keep their hands off each other while in the audience. 

The pair certainly got cozy onstage when they performed “Señorita” together, but the PDA only continued as they couldn’t keep their hands off each other while in the audience.

Lizzo Performed with a Giant, Inflatable Butt as a Backdrop

Run — don’t walk! — to go watch Lizzo’s performance of “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell.”
                        There were iconic costumes! A yellow body suit that made Lizzo look like the sun! An inflatable butt! Backup dancers ripping wigs off and swinging them around with reckless abandon! It was pure joy from start to finish. 

Run — don’t walk! — to go watch Lizzo’s performance of “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell.”

There were iconic costumes! A yellow body suit that made Lizzo look like the sun! An inflatable butt! Backup dancers ripping wigs off and swinging them around with reckless abandon! It was pure joy from start to finish.

John Travolta Tried to Give the Moon Person to the Wrong Taylor Swift

While presenting the award for Video of the Year to Swift and the cast of her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, Travolta appeared to make a pretty iconic mixup, seemingly trying to had the trophy to Jade Jolie, the drag queen who plays Swift in the video. That’s a pretty huge compliment, if you look at the bright side! 

While presenting the award for Video of the Year to Swift and the cast of her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, Travolta appeared to make a pretty iconic mixup, seemingly trying to had the trophy to Jade Jolie, the drag queen who plays Swift in the video. That’s a pretty huge compliment, if you look at the bright side!

Miley Cyrus Performed ‘Slide Away’ for the First Time Since Her Split

Cyrus took the stage to sing “Slide Away,” a song many assume to be about her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. The performance comes just a few days after Hemsworth officially filed for divorce. 
                        Backstage, Cyrus was seen with Kaitlynn Carter, Brody Jenner’s ex-wife who is tangled up in the breakup rumors. Cyrus was seen kissing Carter just days after announcing her separation. 

Cyrus took the stage to sing “Slide Away,” a song many assume to be about her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. The performance comes just a few days after Hemsworth officially filed for divorce.

Backstage, Cyrus was seen with Kaitlynn Carter, Brody Jenner’s ex-wife who is tangled up in the breakup rumors. Cyrus was seen kissing Carter just days after announcing her separation.

Alyson Stoner Returned 17 Years Later to Reprise her Role as the Star of Missy Elliot’s ‘Work It’

The legendary Missy Elliot put on a performance filled with iconic moments from her video music career ahead of receiving the coveted Video Vanguard Award. Fans, like Halsey and Gigi Hadid, got out of their seats to dance as Elliot rapped to a medley of her hits, including “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control.” Then, as an added surprise, Elliot brought out dancer Stoner, who appeared in the original 2002 “Work It” video, to revive her role as the dancer who stole the spotlight almost two decades ago.

The legendary Missy Elliot put on a performance filled with iconic moments from her video music career ahead of receiving the coveted Video Vanguard Award. Fans, like Halsey and Gigi Hadid, got out of their seats to dance as Elliot rapped to a medley of her hits, including “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control.” Then, as an added surprise, Elliot brought out dancer Stoner, who appeared in the original 2002 “Work It” video, to revive her role as the dancer who stole the spotlight almost two decades ago.

Normani Absolutely Crushed Her ‘Motivation’ Debut Performance

2019 has become the singer’s breakout year, following the release of the viral video for her smash hit “Motivation.” Normani’s highly anticipated performance went off with a bang, as she appeared on stage sitting on top of a basketball hoop in between her dancers who twerked on chain link fences. She also brought other memorable moments from her video to the stage, such as the high-energy choreography, the 2000s-inspired looks and her now-famous move where she makes going from a headstand to landing smoothly into a split look easy.

2019 has become the singer’s breakout year, following the release of the viral video for her smash hit “Motivation.” Normani’s highly anticipated performance went off with a bang, as she appeared on stage sitting on top of a basketball hoop in between her dancers who twerked on chain link fences. She also brought other memorable moments from her video to the stage, such as the high-energy choreography, the 2000s-inspired looks and her now-famous move where she makes going from a headstand to landing smoothly into a split look easy.

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Miley Cyrus Debuts New Breakup Tattoo on Stage at the VMAs After Liam Hemsworth Files for Divorce

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Miley Cyrus is continuing to be very open about her emotional split from husband Liam Hemsworth — through her music, words and even her style.

The 26-year-old singer had a breakover moment during her 2019 MTV VMAs performance, wearing an LBD, an edgy wet hair style and layers of jewelry. Even more impactful and telling of her mood was the new tattoo she got on inked on her left bicep, which appears to be a direct reference to her separation from Hemsworth after less than a year of marriage.

“My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free,” reads the tattoo — a lyric from the Pixies’ song “The Thing” — which was done by celebrity tattoo artist Winter Stone.

Cyrus performed her new breakup ballad “Slide Away” for the first time during Monday’s music award show.

Earlier this month, a rep for Cyrus and Hemsworth confirmed the couple’s split, which came after less than one year of marriage.

“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” began a statement from the couple’s rep, exclusively obtained by PEOPLE on Aug. 10. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

When their split became public, Cyrus was on an Italian getaway where she was spotted kissing Kaitlynn Carter, 30, who had recently announced her split from husband, The Hills star Brody Jenner, whom she married in 2018.

Since their return from Italy, a source told PEOPLE that the newly single ladies are “staying together” in Los Angeles.

“Miley is very close with Kaitlynn. It’s romantic, but also a friendship,” the insider said. “They are both going through similar stuff right now and are bonding over it.”

Kaitlynn was also spotted backstage at the VMAs supporting Cyrus during her performance.

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The Most Hilariously Iconic Moments of the 2019 MTV VMAs

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Cardi B Thanked the Real Heroes

 

The rapper was as candid as ever while she accepted the award for best hip hop video. Cardi rocked a form-fitting burgundy gown with a cleavage-revealing neckline as she thanked her glam team, makeup artist, hairstylist and music video director, Jora Frantzis. 
                        “Since this is the Video Music Awards and everything, I really want to thank my music video team — first Jora Frantzis — that’s the director. She gotta hear outta my mouth, ‘I look ugly. Edit my stomach, edit my butt. Smooth my cellulite out,’” Cardi said onstage.

The rapper was as candid as ever while she accepted the award for best hip hop video. Cardi rocked a form-fitting burgundy gown with a cleavage-revealing neckline as she thanked her glam team, makeup artist, hairstylist and music video director, Jora Frantzis.

“Since this is the Video Music Awards and everything, I really want to thank my music video team — first Jora Frantzis — that’s the director. She gotta hear outta my mouth, ‘I look ugly. Edit my stomach, edit my butt. Smooth my cellulite out,’” Cardi said onstage.

Lizzo Chugged from a Rhinestone Liquor Bottle

 

As if the singer’s “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell” medley could get any more incredible, Lizzo took a quick breather from singing and dancing to take a drink. A rhinestone-covered bottle, which looked like a tequila bottle, appeared and the star leaned back and chugged it like a champ.

As if the singer’s “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell” medley could get any more incredible, Lizzo took a quick breather from singing and dancing to take a drink. A rhinestone-covered bottle, which looked like a tequila bottle, appeared and the star leaned back and chugged it like a champ.

Lil Nas X Got In on the Remix Joke

 

In a flash forward to the year 2079, a news reporter announced that Lil Nas X is president, and he’d be releasing the 3,162nd remix of “Old Town Road.” The fictional remix was to feature “Yung Sandwich,” “Ghost of Benjamin Franklin,” and “Megan Thee Stallion’s Twerk Wind” and “Old Thug.”
                        After the skit, which cashed in on the joke that there have been too many remixes of the hit song to count, Lil Nas X and his dancers absolutely smashed a performance of his song “Panini.”

In a flash forward to the year 2079, a news reporter announced that Lil Nas X is president, and he’d be releasing the 3,162nd remix of “Old Town Road.” The fictional remix was to feature “Yung Sandwich,” “Ghost of Benjamin Franklin,” and “Megan Thee Stallion’s Twerk Wind” and “Old Thug.”

After the skit, which cashed in on the joke that there have been too many remixes of the hit song to count, Lil Nas X and his dancers absolutely smashed a performance of his song “Panini.”

Missy Elliott’s Magical Wig Snatch

The 2019 Video Vanguard Award honoree’s unforgettable performance started with a wig snatch that brought her lyrics to life. As soon as Elliott rapped, “Im’a snatch their wigs, til I see that scalp,” all of her dancers’ Missy-inspired wigs disappeared. The dancers continued while rocking bald caps. 

The 2019 Video Vanguard Award honoree’s unforgettable performance started with a wig snatch that brought her lyrics to life. As soon as Elliott rapped, “Im’a snatch their wigs, til I see that scalp,” all of her dancers’ Missy-inspired wigs disappeared. The dancers continued while rocking bald caps.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Trolled the Audience and Almost Kissed

 

Evoking the extremely steamy music video for the single, Cabello kicked things off in the duo and rumored couple’s first-time “Señorita” performance, singing the song’s opening lines as she walked atop a stage littered with romantic lights. Shawnmila shippers prepared themselves for a potential on-stage kiss, but instead, they got some seriously sensual moments that got really, really close to it. 
                        The high-profile duo teased several kisses during the performance without delivering, but they did rub their noses together before breaking into smiles, sharing an enthusiastic hug, and leaving the stage hand-in-hand. 
                        Later, the pair accepted their award for best collaboration, leaving fans without a stage kiss once again.

Evoking the extremely steamy music video for the single, Cabello kicked things off in the duo and rumored couple’s first-time “Señorita” performance, singing the song’s opening lines as she walked atop a stage littered with romantic lights. Shawnmila shippers prepared themselves for a potential on-stage kiss, but instead, they got some seriously sensual moments that got really, really close to it.

The high-profile duo teased several kisses during the performance without delivering, but they did rub their noses together before breaking into smiles, sharing an enthusiastic hug, and leaving the stage hand-in-hand.

Later, the pair accepted their award for best collaboration, leaving fans without a stage kiss once again.

Taylor Swift Trolled the White House

 

While accepting the best video award for “You Need to Calm Down,” Swift took the opportunity to get political while throwing shade. “In this video, several points were made,” she said. “You want a world where we’re all treated equally regardless of who we love and how we identify.”
                        The singer continued, “I want to thank everyone who signed [the Equality Act] petition because it has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to get a response from the White House.” Swift deadpanned, pointing to her wrist and tapping an invisible watch as the crowd went wild.

While accepting the best video award for “You Need to Calm Down,” Swift took the opportunity to get political while throwing shade. “In this video, several points were made,” she said. “You want a world where we’re all treated equally regardless of who we love and how we identify.”

The singer continued, “I want to thank everyone who signed [the Equality Act] petition because it has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to get a response from the White House.” Swift deadpanned, pointing to her wrist and tapping an invisible watch as the crowd went wild.

John Travolta Tried to Learn from His Mistakes

 

While presenting the video of the year award with Queen Latifah, the actor hesitated before reading the name on the card. “I shouldn’t do this because I’ll just mispronounce s— and f— it up,” he said, referencing the time he famously called Tony winner Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem” at the Oscars. (Thankfully, he didn’t butcher Swift’s name when she won the award for “You Need to Calm Down.”) 

While presenting the video of the year award with Queen Latifah, the actor hesitated before reading the name on the card. “I shouldn’t do this because I’ll just mispronounce s— and f— it up,” he said, referencing the time he famously called Tony winner Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem” at the Oscars. (Thankfully, he didn’t butcher Swift’s name when she won the award for “You Need to Calm Down.”)

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See the Complete MTV VMAs 2019 Winners List

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Taylor Swift; Cardi B; Bebe Rexha

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • 21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot” – Epic Records
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records
  • Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Cardi B – Atlantic Records
  • Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • Ariana Grande – Republic Records
  • Halsey – Astralwerks/Capitol Records
  • Jonas Brothers – Republic Records
  • Shawn Mendes– Island Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Drake – “In My Feelings” – Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records
  • Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records
  • Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” – Interscope Records
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST, presented by Taco Bell®

  • Ava Max – Atlantic Records
  • Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records
  • Lil Nas X – Columbia Records
  • Lizzo – Atlantic Records
  • ROSALÍA – Columbia Records

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” – Interscope Records
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records
  • Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records
  • Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care” – Atlantic Records
  • BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Bazzi – Atlantic Records
  • CNCO – RCA Records
  • Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records
  • Lauv – LAUV/AWAL
  • Lizzo – Atlantic Records

BEST POP

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier” – Interscope Records
  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me” – Atlantic Records
  • Khalid – “Talk” – Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records
  • Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST HIP HOP

  • 2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World” – 2 Chainz Ps/Def Jam
  • 21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot” – Epic Records
  • Cardi B – “Money” – Atlantic Records
  • DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” – We The Best/Epic Records
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records
  • Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE” – Epic Records/Grand Hustle/Cactus Jack

BEST R&B

  • Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music
  • Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” – RCA Records
  • H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been” – MBK/RCA Records
  • Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man” – RCA Records
  • Ella Mai – “Trip” – 10 Summers/Interscope Records
  • Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves” – Keep Cool/RCA Records

BEST K-POP

  • BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records
  • BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love” – YG Entertainment/Interscope Records
  • Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love” – Epic Records
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog” – Republic Records
  • NCT 127 – “Regular” – SM Entertainment
  • EXO – “Tempo” – SM Entertainment

BEST LATIN

  • Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto” – Universal Music Latino
  • Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA” – OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records
  • benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough” – NEON16/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records
  • Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma” – Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Maluma – “Mala Mía” – Sony Music US Latin
  • ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Columbia Records

BEST DANCE

  • The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine” – Disruptor/Columbia Records
  • Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo” – Big Beat/Atlantic Records
  • DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake Music Productions Ltd/Geffen
  • David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name” – Big Beat/Atlantic Records
  • Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier” – Capitol Records
  • Silk City & Dua Lipa – “Electricity” – Columbia Records

BEST ROCK

  • The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It” – Dirty Hit/Interscope Records
  • Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick” – Island Records
  • Imagine Dragons – “Natural” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
  • Lenny Kravitz – “Low” – BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
  • Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes” – Elektra Music Group
  • twenty one pilots – “My Blood” – Elektra Music Group

VIDEO FOR GOOD 

  • Halsey – “Nightmare” – Astralwerks/Capitol Records
  • The Killers – “Land of the Free” – Island
  • Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train” – Interscope Records
  • John Legend – “Preach” – Columbia Records
  • Lil Dicky – “Earth” – Dirty Burd, Inc./Commission/BMG
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST DIRECTION

  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Directed by Dave Meyers
  • FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
  • Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Republic Records – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records – Directed by Calmatic
  • LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Directed by Dano Cerny
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo
  • FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog
  • Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic
  • DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” – We The Best/Epic Records – Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi
  • LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer
  • Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

BEST EDITING

  • Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Editing by Elias Talbot
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Record – Editing by Calmatic
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Editing by Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Republic Records – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh
  • Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)
  • Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Republic Records – Art Direction by John Richoux
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Art Direction by Brittany Porter
  • Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” – Warner Records & Def Jam Music Group – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne
  • ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Charm La’Donna
  • LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Ryan Heffington
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv
  • Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles
  • BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Rie Hata

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Cinematography by Elias Talbot
  • Billie Eilish – “hostage” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Pau Castejon
  • Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Christopher Probst
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
  • Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton
  • Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

SONG OF SUMMER

  • The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha — “Call You Mine”
  • Miley Cyrus — “Mother’s Daughter”
  • DaBaby — “Suge”
  • Billie Eilish — “Bad Guy”
  • Ariana Grande and Social House — “Boyfriend”
  • Jonas Brothers — “Sucker”
  • Khalid — “Talk”
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) — “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Lil Tecca — “Ransom”
  • Lizzo — “Truth Hurts”
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
  • Post Malone (featuring Young Thug) — “Goodbyes”
  • Rosalía and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) — “Con altura”
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
  • Young Thug (featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott) — “The London”
  • Taylor Swift — “You Need to Calm Down”

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Taylor Swift Performs ‘Lover’ for the First Time During 2019 MTV VMAs Opener After Album Release

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Taylor Swift is back on the MTV Video Music Awards stage after a four-year hiatus from the awards show!

On Monday, the pop star, 29, kicked off the night with the first-ever performance of her songs “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover” from her new album Lover, which was released days before on Aug. 23.

The stage at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, transformed into the music video set of “You Need to Calm Down” with Todrick Hall and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars (also in the “You Need to Calm Down” video) joining the stage. Also during the performance, So You Think You Can Dance alum Alex Wong wore pointe shoes after the backlash regarding Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer’s comment on Prince George doing ballet.

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Her friends Camila Cabello and Gigi Hadid were spotted in the crowd proudly singing along to Swift’s songs.

Swift wore a custom-made Versace metallic bustier and shorts and Louboutin booties for “You Need to Calm Down” and added a bedazzled purple blazer for her “Lover” performance.

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The night marked Swift’s VMAs return since 2015 when she performed her song “Bad Blood” — which took home the coveted video of the year trophy that year.

This year, Swift is tied with Ariana Grande for the most nominations this year with 12 total, including video of the year, song of the year and best pop.

“I’m so excited because the video for ‘You Need to Calm Down,’ the video for ‘ME!,’ I wrote the treatment for those videos, so it’s really exciting to be nominated,” she told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Thursday. “The fans have been so wonderful and like, it’s just … working with my friends, working with people that I love so much in the ‘Calm Down’ video especially, it was just like … seeing that get nominated was really a proud moment for me.”

Taylor Swift

Other music videos already released from the Lover album include “ME!” (costarring Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie) and “Lover.”

This year’s show also marks 10 years since Swift was famously interrupted on the VMAs stage by Kanye West during her acceptance speech for best female video winner for “You Belong with Me.”

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, airs on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. on MTV.

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Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About ‘Private’ Wedding Ceremony: ‘It Was Phenomenal’

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has nothing but wonderful things to say about his wedding to Lauren Hashian.

Nearly one week after tying the knot on August 18 with his longtime love, the actor, 47, opened up about the ceremony while attending the D23 Expo alongside his Jungle Cruise costar Emily Blunt.

“I feel great,” Johnson told Access. “It was a beautiful ceremony and it was phenomenal.”

Noting how important the couple’s privacy was, Johnson added that their wedding was “very quiet.”

“We kept it under wraps,” he added. “Private, which is perfect.”

However, things were so hush hush that Blunt, 36, says that even though Johnson did send her an “e-vite,” there wasn’t enough notice to actually attend.

“It came way too late,” the actress, who was on location filming A Quiet Place 2, shared. “Like an hour later you were married so I didn’t have any opportunity to hop on a plane and celebrate this.”

(L-R) Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and Lauren Hashian

ohnson also revealed that the site where he and Hashian said “I do” had special significance for Blunt.

“Where we got married was in Kauai, two minutes from where they lived when we shot Jungle Cruise,” Johnson told Extra in another interview from the D23 Expo, referring to Blunt and husband John Krasinski.

As for what’s next for him and his new wife, Johnson revealed that when the Disney event he’d be hopping on a plane so they could go on their honeymoon.

“She’s waiting, and I fly back to her now and we are going to have a honeymoon,” he shared. “It’s going to be great, it’s going to be fantastic.”

(L-R) Lauren Hashian and Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson

ohnson first shared the news that he had tied the knot with the singer/music producer in an intimate ceremony on Aug. 19.

Johnson opted for a white shirt and white pants by Ralph Lauren Purple Label in the first shot with his bride, 34, who wore a long white Mira Zwillinger lace dress with a low-cut neckline and long train.

 

In the second photo, the newlyweds locked lips at the edge of the water, with the beautiful Hawaii sunset behind them.

“We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pōmaikaʻi (blessed),” Johnson captioned the photos.

The pair first met in 2006 while the actor was filming The Game Plan and started dating in 2007. They share daughters Jasmine, 3, and Tiana, 16 months.

 

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Ariana Grande Performs in Manchester for First Time Since Her Benefit Concert for 2017 Bombing

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The singer, 26, headlined Manchester Pride Festival on Sunday, marking her first performance in the city in two years.

On May 22, 2017, a terrorist bombing killed 22 and injured more than 250 people at the singer’s Manchester concert. Less than one month later, Grande returned to the city to host a benefit concert, with ticket proceeds going towards victims and families that were impacted by the attack.

The star performed many of her hits, including “7 Rings,” “One Last Time,” “Break Free,” “Side to Side,” “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” “Be Alright” and “No Tears Left to Cry.”

Before taking the stage, Grande, who has a special bond with the city, shared that all of her fans in Manchester are “my heart in every way.”

“on our way to manchester pride,” she tweeted on Sunday. “love u so much. can’t wait to give u all our love. you’re my heart in every way. see u soon.”

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Ahead of the performance, Grande was criticized by some Twitter users, who accused the pop star of exploiting the LGBTQ community.

“idk …. ariana headlining pride when she’s straight (as far as we’re all aware) …. and doubling the price of tickets …. kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me …..” one Twitter user wrote.

“I have nothing to do with ticket pricing — manchester pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control,” Grande wrote days later, adding that “the lgbtq community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my career.”

The relationships I have with lgbtq fans, friends, and family make me so happy. I want to celebrate and support this community regardless of my identity or how people label me. and also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me,” Grande added. “I do think there’s room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an lgbtq audience with exploitation of the lgbtq community,” she continued. “I’m not claiming to be the hero of the lgbtq rights movement — I just wanna put on a show that makes my lgbtq fans feel special and celebrated and supported. that’s all I wanna do.”

In 2018, after releasing the single “No Tears Left to Cry,” the first single off her album Sweetener, Grande admitted that she was still finding her footing after the disorienting tragedy.

“May 22, 2017 will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life,” she said in a letter to fans shared in November.

“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music — pop music, stan culture — is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe,” she wrote. “When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.”

Ariana Grande

 

Grande went on to explain that the tragedy taught her resilience and not to take life for granted.

“The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. ‘Like a handprint on my heart’… I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life,” she added.

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