After days of watching rehearsals for the 2010 MTV VMAs, dodging forklifts carrying VMA set pieces around, practicing my white carpet pose, sneaking into dressing rooms and interviewing the VMA’s biggest stars, I’m going in! I’ll be on the white carpet, inside the VMA’s Nokia Theater, backstage, in the halls, bathrooms, hiding in wardrobe racks (just kidding) and live blogging every must-see moment of the VMAs. I’ve had enough coffee to fuel a rocket, and I’ve been practicing speed BlackBerrying to bring you all of the behind-the-scenes VMA action. So stay right here for Buzzworthy’s VMA live blog for every moment of this soon-to-be legendary VMA night!
11:33 p.m. ET — Hayley Williams is gushing over seeing Cher and telling MTV execs she had a blast. Bieber’s people are thanking his little-kid backup dancers, who were busy telling Deadmau5, walking around with his ears on, that they like his ears.
11:27 p.m. ET — Kanye just got back downstairs, absolutely ecstatic, hugging everyone on the way to his dressing room where his entourage has piled in. One of the members of Kanye’s (enormous) posse yelled “Redemption!” He seriously looked like he just won the World Cup. Redemption. Seconds later, Rihanna, in a champagne gown, was ushered into the room, waving her hands in the air singing, “Let’s have a round for the a**holes.” The party is currently located in Kanye West’s dressing room, where all you can hear are whoops and hollers. Drake just walked in. If they have plates, they’re probably breaking them Greek-wedding style.
11:12 p.m. ET — Let’s toast the a**holes, everyone!!!!! I’ll toast Kanye’s ballerinas. They clearly stayed in dance class longer than I did. #danceclassdropout #seewhatididthere #getit
11:09 p.m. ET — Every. Single. Ass. Is out of their seat for Kanye’s debut performance of “Runaway” (though I did hear some boos). Come on! Give the guy a break. And yes, the ballerinas I spotted backstage belonged to Kanye. Very Degas. Watch Kanye’s “Runaway” performance video above.
11:08 p.m. ET — I’m crouched about 20 feet from the stage where Gaga is crying in a meat dress and just belted out “Born This Way.” Breathless!
11:06 p.m. ET — Just saw Kanye leave his dressing room–all smiles, entourage and confidence.
11:01 p.m. ET — Justin Bieber’s team just burst out of their dressing room, and they’re doing a victory lap. “We are CELEBRATING!” I love a celebration! Bieber’s team is running down the halls backstage, bumping into Kanye’s entourage. Overheard on the walkie: “Kanye is moving out now.” Just spotted Kanye in a red suit, smiling, laughing and ready. Justin Bieber’s swagger coach, Ryan, is telling everyone Justin’s so happy!
10:57 p.m. ET — The energy in the hall near Kanye’s dressing room is intense before his performance.
10:54 p.m. ET — Inside of Lady Gaga’s dressing room the sequins-to-non-sequins ratio is infinity to negative infinity.
10:52 p.m. ET — Just had a weird eye contact moment with Aziz Ansari. I hope that doesn’t mean he wants to break up with me. Just overheard one of Bieber’s people, in his dressing room, say, “Best New Artist is coming up! Think he’s gonna win it?”
10:51 p.m. ET — Pauly D and The Situation are in the quick-change rooms, still in their robes. Situation’s munching on candy. Dude what’s up with the carbs? Oops. Just walked in on JWOWW and Snooki spray-tanning themselves in bathing suits. Awkward alert!
10:44 p.m. ET — I just left a security scene outside of Kanye’s dressing room that was pretty much at POTUS level. Um, BTW, I’m now in an elevator with Evan Rachel Wood. (!!!!!)
10:41 p.m. ET — Backstage, some girl, upon meeting Justin Bieber’s assistant asks, “Can I get his autograph?”
10:37 p.m. ET — These are the rules of Deadmau5’s mau5 hau5. Do not break them:
10:17 p.m. ET — The Situation is on his way to the stage, snacking on Doritos. Just asked if he could go onstage with a sandwich. (The Situation eats carbs??) He got a slap on the back from Ne-Yo.
10:09 p.m. ET — Bodyguard outside of Kanye’s dressing room is Rocky Mountain huge. Probably even the Lord himself couldn’t get in. Good thing I snuck in before! Oh, hi, Aziz! He’s sipping a cup of tea.
10:07 p.m. ET — Downstairs, all in one holding room, are JWOWW and Snooki in bathrobes and three ballerinas practicing. After her win, Gaga got in an elevator and ran into the “Glee” cast, whom she told, “I love you guys! You’re so f***ing funny, it’s not even right!” Amber Riley and Jane Lynch are, of course, freaking out. Cory Monteith goes, “Gaga won again. She deserves it. She kicks ass.”
10:04 p.m. ET — Cast of “Jackass” drinking beer in the hall (#jealous); Florence’s dancers are cheering and celebrating outside.
9:58 p.m. ET — Florence + the Machine is taking it to church and back again! Yes, that is a real human being singing live! I know–almost impossible to wrap your mind around.
9:54 p.m. ET — Just passed Gaga’s soldiers! Gaga made a costume change into a black, tiered dress with a crown of black spikes! She’s posing for photos and can’t stop smiling. Ke$ha’s hair-weave thingy is taller than Justin Bieber. Perez also in the house!
9:48 p.m. ET — Eminem wins Best Male Video… On a plane!?!? Oh, and Lüc Carl, Gaga’s man, just walked through the aisle carrying cups of champagne. Maybe he and Gaga are celebrating her win!
9:41 p.m. ET — The crowd’s going clinically insane for Usher’s “OMG.” Turned the Nokia into a club! Justin Bieber’s dancers are watching in the aisle behind me, mesmerized. Two grown men leaped out of their seats and hugged when Usher finished “OMG.” No lie.
9:29 p.m. ET — Sorry, beliebers. Kim Kardashian, public enemy No. 1, just intro’ed Justin Bieber! Thankfully, he’s all the way outside performing on the streets of L.A. Who wants Justin Bieber’s “Bieber” jacket? (Hint: Meeee!) Justin and his dancers have clearly read the Michael Jackson handbook. Love the moves. OHHHH! Bieber on the drums for somebody to love! Working OVERTIME! Watch Justin Bieber’s VMA performance of “U Smile/Baby/Somebody to Love.
9:28 p.m. ET — Best Rock Video goes to… 30 Seconds to Mars! The guys stopped to share the love with Paramore on the way to the aisle! They dedicated their award to the Echelon!!
9:26 p.m. ET — Jackass’ hand prank is a classic prank if you have $500 bucks to spend on a giant hand.
9:18 p.m. ET — Best Female Video goes to Gaga! The feathers are making their way down the aisle! She sounds like a cheery little schoolgirl! A cheery schoolgirl dressed like Marie Antoinette! She just dropped an F-bomb and thanked the gays and discharged soldiers. Best acceptance speech ever. (Watch Lady Gaga’s Best Female Video acceptance speech below.)
9:17 p.m. ET — Ricky Rozay on a scooter? What’s not to love?
9:16 p.m. ET — Taylor Swift nipple jokes. Bieber vagina jokes? “Leotarded.” Your new favorite guilty pleasure cut down. Especially helpful if you’re BFF with Leo DiCaprio. If you’re not laughing at Chelsea’s LOLs, then you’re probably not watching the VMAs. So turn them on!
9:11 p.m. ET — Your VMAs host is …Gaga Handler! A dove in your crotch is the baddest romance of them all!
9:09 p.m. ET — Lindsay Lohan just slapped the shiz out of Chelsea Handler.
9:02 p.m. ET — Eminem’s face is all over the monitors! The crowd is LOSING IT! Dude’s reborn! Em just took the stage! The WHOLE THEATER just got on their feet. Live drums? Eminem’s murdering this in cold blood! Are you getting this????? It’s like Eminem cracked the Earth open at its core! He’s spitting molten lava! Yes! That’s Rihanna in a princess dress!!! IT’S ON!!!!!
9:00 p.m. ET — It’s ON!!! THE 2010 VMAs are GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8:58 p.m. ET — Um, 30 Seconds to Mars strolled up the aisle as “Whole Lotta Love” played. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS ISH UP! Two-minute warning, strobe lights are blinding and I just got smushed by Akon’s bodyguard. Akon smells nice! The countdown’s up on the screens on stage!!!!! This is like waiting for the New Year’s ball to drop!
8:57 p.m. ET — Just saw how Eminem’s gonna open the show, and I almost cried tears of joy. #imemo. I’m wedged between Hayley Williams, Lo Bosworth and Amber Riley. NOOOOOO BIG DEAL, right?
Hayley and Katy Perry are BFF-ing it up posing for pics. Katy yelled Yaaay!
8:52 p.m. ET — Ciara and Ne-Yo are posing for photos near their seats. Lil Jon’s nearby and sadly is sans pimp cup.
8:46 p.m. ET — Inside the Nokia Theater, Jane Lynch is posing with fans! She and Kevin McHale are chatting. No Slurpees in sight. Emma Stone’s in her seat just a few rows up from Jane Lynch, who just told Cory Monteith she loves him! Too cute!
8:44 p.m. ET — Just leapt into the arms of Justin Tranter! Didn’t know he was going to be here! He told me he has massive things planned for Semi-Precious Weapons. PUT A DIAMOND IN IT!!!
8:41 p.m. ET — Left the white carpet and I’m in the theater!!! It’s going down in minutes!!!!
8:32 p.m. ET — Sofia Vergara is so classically lovely that they could use her silhouette to mold a champagne bottle.
8:19 p.m. ET — Bieber is IN THE HOUSE. Rolled up in the kind of shiny black van only rich people have access to, y’know? Usher’s with him, and I’m sure they were practicing their swagger on the ride here because Bieber’s swagger counter was set to infinity. I detected a faint crip walk, Snoop style. Yeaaaaaaaaahhhhh man.
8:17 p.m. ET — Eva Marcille from “America’s Next Top Model” wins fiercy mcfiercest entrance. She was stone-cold fashion. Not even smiling. Oddly, she was well-coordinated with Lady Gaga!! Looove when that happens.
8:09 p.m. ET — Penn Badgley just secured his spot in my nightly dreams for the rest of my life.
8:07 p.m. ET — Bruno Mars clearly read the VMA invite when it said “suggested dress code: olde-tyme Hollywood glam.” He’s got on wingtips and looks like a lost member of the Rat Pack.
8:03 p.m. ET — Katy Perry in a cautiously revealing black lace dress and dyed stripes in her hair. She’s looking so radiant that it’s almost like, UGH! Let someone else look radiant for a change! If there’s a worldwide radiance drought, then it’s ALL YOUR FAULT because you’re so gorgeous. Weeee getttttt iit.
8:01 p.m. ET — Ashley Greene just got out of her limo. She has hair that Jennifer Aniston would probably be envious of. Srsly.
7:58 p.m. ET — The entire “Jackass” crew just popped out of a crappy-looking, white pervo van. Johnny’s got a sailor’s uniform on. Maybe he’ll join Gaga’s fleet?
7:54 p.m. ET — Drake hit the white carpet in all black except for some gentlemanly purple-velvet loafers. Dude is GQ distinguished. Also, his entourage may actually be 20 people deep….dhbfjsbvhjbhjf. Sorry. Drake just smiled, and I think I just blacked out temporarily.
7:53 p.m. ET — Awww! Hayley Williams just got all up in my Flip cam and said what’s up to her MTV fans. Love her orange cornrows. Trust me, they work.
7:49 p.m. ET — Ciara and I just geeked out over her Givenchy lace and ostrich-feather dress. I was all like “It’s right off the runway!” She was all “I know!” And she shouted out to all of her MTV fans. I could not possibly love her more.
7:46 p.m. ET — There has never been an entrance like Gaga’s! She’s in a full-on Elizabethan gown fit for a queen, a crown of god feathers and gray-blue ombre hair! She has a MILITARY BRIGADE with her? Connecting the dots to her tweet tonight, is this a comment on gays in the military, maybe? A 9/11 tribute from a born-and-bred New Yorker?
7:43 p.m. ET — Florence (of the Machine) is in this crazy deco corseted gold dress, and everybody should just go home because she’s the most glamorous person on the carpet. She looks like a Lady Oscar with red hair. She’s killing me (in the good way).
7:36 p.m. ET — Bethenny Frankel looks like a goddess and is 100 times taller than me. She said Taylor should perform with Kanye because Taylor’s a good sport and very resilient. And Real Housewives know about resilience.
7:32 p.m. ET — OMG… Snooki’s hair is pin straight. Less like Snooki and more like classy Cleopatra!
The Situation has a cross shaved into the back of his head–because he can.
7:29 p.m. ET — Ne-Yo just poured out of an escalade like liquid sexy. Tone-on-tone gray. LOVE the mandarin collar and Lennon glasses. Also, will you marry me? Was that out of line? Screw it. Marry me.
7:22 p.m. ET — Who’s Miranda Cosgrove most excited to see? Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. Because iCarly is an eclectic chick! She’s also read Chelsea Handler’s books! Scandalous!?
7:18 p.m. ET — Laurieann Gibson is just wearing SILVER UNDERWEAR. And fishnets. Well, and a ripped-up Zeppelin tee. It’s obvs Gaga’s influence has rubbed off on her. Hmmm… Maybe Gaga dressed her?
7:16 p.m. ET — Lo and Stephanie Pratt arrived together! I’m in love with their gowns. They’ve probably been listening to a lot of Drake because they’re fancy (har). Stephanie Pratt told me she’s most excited to see Eminem: “I cannot take his album out of my car.” Lo Bosworth can’t wait for Florence + the Machine. Me neither!
7:10 p.m. ET — Vinny and Ronnie have perfected the white carpet pose. If looks could kill, there would be blood all over the white carpet because Vinny would’ve just assassinated me. And, really, who wants to deal with that kind of stain on a white carpet?
7:07 p.m. ET — Yes, that is the Jenna Jameson! She doesn’t look a day over…whenever she last got work done.
7:06 p.m. ET — OMG! Joe Manganiello just got here. It’s like he’s competing with the sun to see who’s hotter. Annoyingly, he has his shirt on.
7:03 p.m. ET — Mishon just told his manager holding a Flip cam there’s a lotta beautiful girls here. I heard that! AND I’m FLATTERED!
6:59 p.m. ET — Amber Lancaster looking dreamier than ever. She told me she’s most excited to see Katy Perry because she’s got a girl crush on her. Ooh, maybe Amber will fight Russell Brand!
6:55 p.m. ET — Sammi Sweetheart looking her absolute best–like a total princess! She arrived with Ronnie (!!) And Vinny’s rocking a blue leather jacket, kinda ’80s style. Very versatile, that Vinny.
6:52 p.m. ET — 30 Seconds to Mars is here on the VMA white carpet! They’re on bikes, of course. Jared’s is white. Of course. Tomo’s got glitter in his hair. All together, it looks like the Muppets exploded on a bike-parts shop. “Echelon” in the VMA HOUSE!
6:43 p.m. ET — Coco Rocha is interviewing the Moonman and asking who he’s wearing! #LOLs! The Moonman’s mute, so they’re relying on hand gestures. Coco is so charming and eloquent! Lurves!
6:41 p.m. ET — Audrina looks like a platinum princess in a silvery gem dress and gold-cage heels. God, I envy her hair. BTW, she hasn’t met The Situation yet.
5:59 p.m. ET — Met the Moonman in the bathroom. Turns out he’s a she.
5:35 p.m. ET — Will protect the identity of a certain someone I saw pouring an airplane bottle of booze into her coffee. Tsk tsk!
The 2010 MTV VMAs have been, well, a year in the making, and tonight, to quote Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous,” it’s all happening. And Buzzworthy will be live blogging the 2010 MTV VMAs. We’re live blogging every angle, nook, cranny, celebrity encounter, fashion do, fashion don’t, fashion disaster, fashion… meh?, VMA performance, fly-on-the-wall observations and OMFG moments, from the white carpet to the performances, to the backstage action, the bathrooms and more.
Nicki Minaj’s VMA Pre-Show performance. Coco Rocha’s red (well, white) carpet VMA fashion report. 30 Seconds to Mars’ big VMA arrival. Ke$ha’s coming to the VMAs, and you know she’s going to show up in… whatever kind of Ke$ha thing she’ll wear. LADY GAGA IS COMING TO THE 2010 MTV VMAs in… the 14 or 15 outfits she’ll probably wear… just in the first half hour of the show. Eminem’s heroic VMA performance that will open the show. Kanye West’s redemptive performance. B.o.B’s live-wire performance with Bruno Mars with Hayley Williams. Linkin Park’s top-secret VMA performance. Katy Perry’s return to the VMAs! And of course, there are bound to be some VMA surprises. Oh yeah, and we’re giving out MOONMEN. It’s an award show, so let’s give out some awards! Lady Gaga’s up for 13 VMAs, Eminem’s up for eight. Will they win them all? Nicki Minaj is up for her very first VMA. 30 Seconds to Mars could take home four! And Buzzworthy will be live blogging every award, acceptance speech, all the heartfelt tears and more.
We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, it’ll be better than “Cats.” (But really, what’s not?)
Tune in to for the VMA Pre-Show at 8/7c. And of course, watch the 2010 MTV VMAs at 9/8c. And come back here to the MTV Buzzworthy Blog VMA live blog.