So, uh... that's sort of almost Austin's butt. AHHHHHHHH!!!!
Hallowed be Sunday, Aug. 25, for on this blessed day the Mahomie flock hath seen the light. Just in case you're not aware, said light is Austin Mahone's butt. #Amen
After discussing his possibly under-the-weather status the last few days on Twitter and how worried he was that it would impact his VMA pre-show performance, Austin tweeted out a link to a video of him finally getting some medical attention, i.e. a shot in the butt. His caption: "Just got a shot in my butt... gotta be in top shape for tonight! lol" Obviously, we only viewed the clip out of concern for our guy's health. Oops, look at that! I winked so hard, my eyelids fell off.
Watch Austin Mahone get a shot in the butt after the jump.
Austin Mahone's "I'm nominated for a MTV VMA!?" reaction pic is flawless!
In case you've been wondering when we were gonna drop everything to devote all of our energies toward praising the absolute perfection that is Austin Mahone, NOW IS THAT TIME. Brace yourselves, patient little Mahomies, because we're paying homage to all things Austin because a) DUH, and b) we've gotta celebrate his first-ever Video Music Awards -- which, BTW, includes an Artist To Watch nomination and a spot on the VMA pre-show performance roster alongside Ariana Grande!!!!
To honor the "What About Love" singer's tremendous VMA-related accomplishments, we've compiled the greatest photos, videos, and GIFs illustrating everything he's been up to in the past month to prepare for his game-changing VMA spotlight on Sunday. Also, it never hurts to have a whole bunch o' Austin visuals in one consolidated place -- purely for efficiency's sake! Basically, this post is what our IRL bedroom walls look like. Enjoy.
Check out more Austin Mahone pictures, videos, and GIFs after the jump.
Watch Travi$ Scott's "Artist To Watch" live performance at NYC's Bowery Ballroom!
Houston hip-hop artist Travi$ Scott recently took the stage as a part of MTV's "Artist To Watch Live" series, and we kiiiiiiind of feel like it's gonna go down as one of those shows that make people say, "I saw him when he wasn't selling out Madison Square Garden." Because you know it's only gonna be eight or so months till he's opening for Jay Z and selling out MSG or Barclays Center. And why do we mention Jay Z? Oh, only because in addition to releasing his own debut EP, Owl Pharaoh, Travi$ has also landed production credits on two of the biggest albums of the year -- Kanye West's Yeezus and Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail.
That said, we highly recommend that you pay close attention to Travi$' ferocious "Artist To Watch Live" performance at New York's Bowery Ballroom, where he churned out flawless live renditions of songs such as "Sin City," "Quintana," "Upper Echelon," and our personal favorite, "Blocka La Flame." Watch the entire show on MTV Hive below!
Watch Travi$ Scott's MTV "Artist To Watch Live" show after the jump.
Meet hip-hop guru Trinidad James, MTV's latest Artist To Watch.
These days you make anything extra fabulous by topping it off with a lil' gold (#KingMidasSyndrome), and that's all thanks to up-and-coming hip-hop superstar Trinidad James, who made it clear on his hit single "All Gold Everything" that rings, chains, watches -- hell, even teeth -- look better when a little gold is involved.
Read more about Trinidad James after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: Mask-wearing electro-house performer The Bloody Beetroots.
Nope, that's not Spider-Man you're looking at. It's Italian electro-house/dance-punk pioneer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, better known to his audience as The Bloody Beetroots. Behind the decks since 2006, Rifo's released a plethora of rolicking EDM anthems like "Spank (featuring Tai & Bart B More," "Chronicles Of A Fallen Love (featuring Greta Svabo Bech)," and the recently released "Out Of Sight" featuring former Beatle Paul McCartney(!). Yeah, when you start collaborating with a member of The Beatles, you know things are going pretty well.
Listen to The Bloody Beetroots after the jump.
Meet your new favorite smart-mouthed lady rapper: MTV Artist To Watch Iggy Azalea.
Generally speaking, when we see tall, willowy blonde girls, the last thing we'd expect is for them to be foul-mouthed rappers. But then again, we've never met anyone like Iggy Azalea: a tall, blonde, willowy rapper who is anything but submissive, generic, or cookie-cutter. For one thing, she's not afraid to break song title taboos ("Pu$$y," "Dirt In Your P***y A** B****"). Face it, girl's got more bleeps than an entire season of "The Sopranos." But you know us: We're suckers for taboo-breaking, fast-talking, take-no-s***, strong, sexy women. Especially when they remind us of other pop music icons like Ke$ha, Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj, and Azealia Banks.
Read more about Iggy Azalea after the jump.
Meet your new favorite country-pop crossover act: MTV Artist To Watch Hunter Hayes.
No matter what your taste in music, a young prodigy like Hunter Hayes is hard to pass up. The 21-year-old up-and-coming country-pop superstar is on the Taylor Swift fast track to crossover success (remember when Taylor was just "country"?): Not only has Hunter spent much of the past year opening for Carrie Underwood on her "Blown Away" tour, but he's also opened for Ms. Swift AND Rascal Flatts, and was nominated for THREE 2013 Grammy awards, including Best New Artist. Are we impressed yet?
Learn more about Hunter Hayes after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: electo-pop wunderkinds Timeflies.
Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro (aka Timeflies) have truly mastered the art of genre-bending. Are they a little pop? Yes. A little electro? Absolutely. Top that off with a hefty dose of hip-hop and tinges of R&B, and you've got an infectious, club-ready sound that's completely slaying the pop music game right now. Oh, and by the way, you can also thank us later for naming Timeflies one of our Favorite Breakthrough Artists of 2012, because you're gonna feel mad cool when they become One Direction-famous in 2013. Trust us.
Read more about Timeflies after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: freewheeling alt-folk wunderkind Jake Bugg.
When The Telegraph calls you "an East Midlands Bob Dylan," you know you're doing something right. I'm referring to, of course, 19-year-old alt-folk singer Jake Bugg (aka Jacob Edwin Kennedy), a very young artist with a distinctly older, wiser sound. While other guys his age are busy emulating the British invasion via '90s boy band throwbacks *coughOneDirectioncough,* Bugg seems more interested in re-energizing vintage genres, and sonically channels everyone from -- yep -- Bob Dylan to The Beatles (albeit LATE Beatles) on his self-titled debut album.
Read more about Jake Bugg after the jump.
Watch Atlas Genius' "Artist To Watch" live performance at NYC's Webster Hall!
When bands adapt to the elements in an "anything-can-happen" situation, and STILL put on an amazing show, that's the mark of a true "Artist To Watch" right there. Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius were faced with such a situation when performing at NYC's Webster Hall for their "Artist To Watch Live" performance this past week (check out photos from their show here). Right in the middle of their set, a PA exploded, and the band was forced to finish their performance without electricity. But despite their electrical setback, the guys STILL brought down the house with a brilliant stripped-down performance of songs like "Trojans" and "All These Girls." So, if you aren't familiar with MTV Artists To Watch Atlas Genius, now would be the perfect time to GET familiar. Pfft, who needs power, anyway?
Watch Atlas Genius perform "If So," "Trojans," "Back Seat," and more at NYC's Webster Hall after the jump.