The MTV O Awards, which recognize achievements in the field of digital music, or "MAKING THE INTERNET AWESOME," will air live, Thursday night, at OMusicawards.com. We'll be handing out awards for all things that live online, some of which jump off your screen or smartphone and into the real world, making their way into television, books and the national conversation (for example, Rebecca Black can thank the internet for helping tweet, reblog and IM her into the center of the zeitgeist).
One of our favorite O Music Award categories is Favorite Animated GIF, or a piece of moving animation that isn't a picture, but not quite a video, either. GIFs are popular on the internet because they so often encapsulate the most overt to the most nuanced facial expression, hand gesture or dance move, or they fail with impeccable timing. Just one look at all the nominees, and you'll understand why one would want to paste Lady Gaga licking her finger, Kanye West's emotional transgressions, Nicki Minaj twirling her gum or Katy Perry shooting whipped cream from her perky bosom onto their Tumblr.
But only one animated GIF could reign supreme at the O Music Awards. And that animated GIF is... Nicki Minaj gum twirl! The Harajuku Barbie's gum gymnastics simply killed it with voters who most likely want to line their Facebook pages with gifs of Nicki just being Nicki.
Watch MTV TJ Gabi Gregg announce Nicki Minaj's Gum Twirl as the winner of the Best Animated GIF and watch the O Music Awards live, right here on Thursday, April 28, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Things are going pretty well for the Smith family right about now. At only 13, Jaden is a legit movie star after kicking ass in the "Karate Kid" reboot that dominated the box office last year. And his younger sister Willow is a legit pop star, with inescapably delicious songs like "Whip My Hair" and "21st Century Girl," proving that even a 10-year-old can create ear candy that comes from a healthy place of confidence, girl power and pride.
Jaden and Willow showed up to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll -- you know, at President Obama's house -- where Willow took to the stage to rock the crowd, her hair whipping back and forth at breakneck speed. Posing for the cameras, Jaden, Willow and their mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, looked pretty damn cool, basically the flyest family ever. If nothing else, taking her kids shopping for clothes must be a blast when Jada is up to the task, considering that her kids have evidently taken close notes from parents, understanding that scrubby sweatpants ain't gonna cut it in the Smith household. Tweed shorts, box-fresh sneakers, and a Snooki-style bump braided into a fierce ponytail? That's how you roll when you're a Smith. You might even say that, in fact, these parents totally do understand.
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If you follow any news about the THEA-TUH (or you live above ground), you're probably aware that Broadway has recently been ransacked with nonstop news about the colossal disaster that is "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark." Even songs by U2's Bono and The Edge couldn't save the show from being shut down for a "re-working" after months of awful reviews, the departure of director Julie Taymor, and injury after injury sustained by the high-flying performers spinning webs across the stage.
Meanwhile, over at the St. James Theater, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, apparently devoid of any arm casts or open wounds, electrified the St. James Theatre, tearing through the musical "American Idiot" one last time before it closed last night. Familiar with the subject matter, Billie Joe played "St. Jimmy" at points throughout the course of the show -- a punk-rock musical featuring a score of all Green Day songs -- which is why he looks pretty comfortable up there. And why wouldn't he, considering that the show won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for two TONY Awards? Oh, and if you missed "American Idiot" on Broadway, you're not S.O.L. A film version of "American Idiot" may be in the works.
Not too bad for a guy who once helped name his band's album Dookie.
Look, we don't know much about pregnancy, but we're pretty sure that when a lady is with child, she's supposed to basically avoid anything that can threaten the health of the kid(s), including beer, wine and even the "safest" over-the-counter drugs. For the most cautious moms-to-be, sometimes aspirin goes ignored during those special nine months. So should we be worried that Mariah Carey keeps painting her very pregnant abdomen? Safe or not, this whole paint-my-pregnancy thing has gotten a little OOC.
It is so great that Mimi and hubby Nick Cannon are prepared to welcome twinsies into the world. And while it should be celebrated, Mariah's bizarre embrace of almost obscene photos, featuring photos of her tummy being caressed or sporting a painted butterfly has reached a saturation point, as of yesterday (when she tweeted yet another picture of Easter-themed belly art). It's high time that Mimi and Nick keep just these last few days to themselves, preparing to welcome two beautiful babies into the world without breaking out the watercolors every time Mariah lifts up her shirt to feel the tots kicking. It's time to TAKE IT EASY, you guys. Turn off your smartphones, put your Twitter accounts on hold, turn up some "Dreamlover" and start keeping some things (i.e. the birth of your first children) sacred.
We'll see you when you pop, Mimi! Don't worry -- we'll be waiting!
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We love getting a glimpse of this very special moment [4 Life] between Britney Spears and her upcoming tourmate Nicki Minaj, who replaced Enrique Iglesias to create the coolest Girl Power duo we could have ever imagined. Britney was seen at a club called Hype in West Hollywood, where, on Friday night, she came out to support Nicki, who was performing at the club.
Naturally, Nicki had on one of her signature wigs, while Britney was dressed more conservatively, although anybody raising two young boys is probably happy to get out of the thigh-high leather boots once in a while. Nevertheless, it's pretty cool to see female artists supporting each other like this. I mean, don't Nicki and Britney almost look like supportive besties, the way Katy Perry and Rihanna are besties? It's nice to see a reminder that powerful women like Britney and Nicki can support each other musically (and, again, look like besties). Okay. Enough mushy stuff. Use some of that collective girl power and GET US A VIDEO FOR YOUR "TILL THE WORLD ENDS" REMIX NOW!
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Hey, look at Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals! She's got a voice that sounds like a volcano, a freight train, and supernatural talent got together and formed female vocal cords (in the good way). Plus, she's got perfect hair, can play guitar really well and is also effortlessly gorgeous... Kinda like... Beyoncé! (Well, we don't know if Beyoncé can play guitar, but she's good at everything, so it wouldn't surprise us if she were some kind of secret virtuoso and we just didn't know it.) Anyway, these parallels are all relevant because Grace Potter happily covered Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me" for Billboard. In fact, Grace calls Beyoncé an "inspiration" and went on to revere Beyoncé as "a woman... so empowered and that has such great presence and has all that sexuality but can back it up with the talent and charisma that she has."
Hey, Grace, if you ask us, that sounds pretty familiar...
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Well look at this. Three of pop's biggest acts in the world right now have come together for a remix of Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends." Britney's club banger remains in full swing, but now on board are hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj and party-pop queen Ke$ha. Although a countdown to the single's drop date remains on each artist's website, it seems that the "Till The World Ends" remix has shown up earlier than expected -- but probably just because it was too good to keep in hiding (or because rabid fans no longer will go to the ends of the Earth to get their hands on a leak (see: "Judas").
The "Till The World Ends" remix doesn't veer too far from Britney's original cut, but Nicki opens the song with her usually dramatic flair, dipping into an alter ego (or two), and even taking the time to name-check Ricki Lake. Not mad at that. Ke$ha's vocals -- a signature combination of singing, rapping and Auto-Tune -- amps up the electricity, making "Till The World Ends" somehow more fun than it already is, which is quite a feat, considering Ke$ha wrote the song.
Of course, we're just hoping Nicki Minaj joins Britney every time she performs the song this summer. And we're hoping for a video. And we're hoping for a feature film. Maybe a line of "Till The World End" remix-branded clothing? Too much?
+ Listen to the Britney/Ke$ha/Nicki Minaj 'Till The World Ends' Remix:
Till the World Ends (Remix) - Britney Spears feat. Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha by HDMI44
Beyoncé has been living it up in Paris recently. First, she was spotted at Disneyland Paris wearing a Goofy hat (no, not a "goofy" hat, a Goofy hat -- with the ears, you know?). Now she's following things up by bringing out the "glammo," prettying up (not a difficult task when you're Beyoncé) for a photo shoot that found her giving her best "Evita face." We're not sure if she was necessarily tipping her hat, so to speak, to Madonna's portrayal of Eva Perón, but she sure does make a strong case for a remake.
Once again, Beyoncé proves that she can wear anything, including a see-through skirt and bustier covered in what looks like half a bushel of rose petals. If she can make a Goofy hat look beautiful, dressing like the onetime first lady of Argentina is basically a cakewalk. Of course, we'd be more than happy to hear Beyoncé sing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," considering she's already crossed "Dreamgirls" off her list of Famous Musicals To Conquer.
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Nicole Scherzinger was photographed filming her new music video for "Right There" off her upcoming album, Killer Love, in Los Angeles. And is it just the air in here, or does the former Pussycat Doll look eerily like an adult version of widdle Willow Smith? Nicole rocked some genie pants, leather boots, a whole lot of bracelets and an enormous, braided ponytail that was just begging to be whipped back and forth, à la Willow herself.
We're not saying that Nicole is taking cues from a 10-year-old, but we're not saying that would be a bad idea, either, considering that Willow is -- even at her young age -- already a style icon. And with Nicole finally ready to break out on her own (and why shouldn't she, considering she can sing and dance like a pro, and her time is way overdue?), modeling her wardrobe after someone already leading the pack would surely be a bold move in the right direction.
Needless to say, we were pretty happy to actually find pics of Nicole whipping her hair back and forth, this time in some sort of sexy Southwestern shaman getup that only makes us more excited to see the Pussycat Doll finally claw her way into back into the zeitgeist.
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It's Friday, it's the freakin' weekend, and it's also Flashback Friday, in which we revisit a forgotten video from the MTV video vault.
Sure, people like to call out the '80s as the decade so unapologetically garish they made the next decade look like a Vogue spread. But the '90s had some messed-up ish happening too. Mediatate on this: frosted tips, belly chains, ribbed sweaters, cargo pants and -- worst of all -- Pogs! Granted, there were no pogs in *NSYNC's 1999 music video for "(Thinking Of You) I Drive Myself Crazy," but there was, indeed, some very offensive '90s hair (and a cameo from Elisa Donovan of Clueless fame).
The whole "One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest" theme -- a light interpretation of the song's title, to say the least -- is pretty funny. Padded cells, strait jackets and an insane asylum where the patients are all wearing enormous silk pajamas? It's very M.C. Hammer-sanitarium chic.
The video is pretty run-of-the-mill as far as music videos from the bubblegum pop explosion era go, but it's still unsettling to see things like Justin Timberlake with that weird haircut. He was by no means the only dude sporting damp, bleach-blond curls, but he was probably the most famous. And did Chris Kirkpatrick wear beaded dreads because that was how you showed you were "weird" 11 years ago? You just know A.J. McLean was rolling somewhere in Orlando, rolling his eyes the first time he got a glimpse of that.
Nevertheless, the boys did something right. Even Joey Fatone knew how to pout properly for all the clamoring girls who would have paid in blood to join the boys inside that enormous padded cell. And, eventually, they came out with "Gone," which was not only a mature step musically, but a peek into how Justin Timberlake would quickly become a sexy grown-up solo superstar devoid of all... wet curls.