Cardi B Leads With 10 Nominations At MTV Awards

This January 25, 2018 file photo shows Cardi B attending the Warner Music Group’s annual Grammy celebration in association with V magazine in New York. PHOTO: KENA BETANCUR / AFP

 

Fast-rising rapper, Cardi B, on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ornate work shot at the Louvre and the politically charged “This is America” also enjoyed recognition.

Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, received 10 nominations for the awards show that will take place on August 20 in New York.

The Bronx native born as Belcalis Almanzar was in the running in both hip-hop and Latin categories as well as Artist of the Year and Best New Artist.

The 25-year-old, who recently became a mother, was nominated for Video of the Year as the featured artist on “Finesse” by funk revivalist Bruno Mars. The video pays tribute to “In Living Color,” the trailblazing African American television comedy show of the early 1990s.

Cardi B stormed into pop culture prominence last year with “Bodak Yellow,” a song in which she touches on her former life making ends meet as a stripper, but was controversially passed over at the latest Grammy Awards — which Mars dominated.

Beyonce and Jay-Z were nominated for eight awards, all for “Apeshit,” the meticulously attired and tightly choreographed production shot at the Louvre, opening with music’s first couple standing like a painting in front of the Mona Lisa.

“Apeshit” was part of the surprise album “Everything is Love” by “The Carters,” who celebrated their marriage in soulful hip-hop after a rough patch that was thoroughly aired in previous music.

Childish Gambino and Drake each received seven nominations. Childish Gambino, the hip-hop alter ego of actor Donald Glover, received all his nods for “This is America,” his much-discussed meditation on the contemporary political landscape of the United States.

The video for “This is America,” directed by Hiro Murai, depicts Glover in acts of violence that reflect gun massacres and racism in the United States, complemented with dancing in homage to African traditions.

 Recognising activism

“This is America” was also in the running for best Video With a Message as MTV for the second straight year tried to capture the political moment by honoring works with an activist bent.

Other contenders in the category include rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” named for an anti-suicide help number and featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, and feminist singer Janelle Monae’s “Pynk,” whose video depicts her at a slumber party with other women bonding over a shared love of their vaginas.

Drake, rarely seen as a political artist, was nominated for Video With a Message for “God’s Plan,” in which he doles out charity money, while emerging Canadian singer Jessie Reyez is in the running for “Gatekeeper,” a #MeToo-era song about an established music producer who tries to pressure her into sex.

Despite the serious side, the MTV Video Music Awards is best known for made-for-the-cameras pop culture moments with less attention paid to who ultimately wins than the music industry’s Grammys.

Previous spectacles at the VMAs have included Lady Gaga sporting a dress made of meat, Britney Spears and Madonna locking lips and Kanye West declaring his aspirations for the White House.

Like other awards shows, MTV has been coping with declining viewership as audiences are increasingly spoiled for choice on what to watch.

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Memorable Moments From MTV Video Music Awards

Kendrick Lamar attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFP

The MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday gave its top prize to rapper Kendrick Lamar in a televised party that drew some of the music world’s top names.

With political tensions high in the United States and mega-storm Harvey bearing down on Texas, the glitzy annual gala was more somber than usual, with fewer of the show’s signature incidents designed for shock value.

Here are some of the memorable moments of the VMAs, which took place at The Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood:

‘Fiery Kendrick ‘

Kendrick Lamar attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFP

Kendrick Lamar literally dominated the awards, closing by winning the coveted Video of the Year and opening with a fiery performance inspired by martial arts.

Lamar put on a medley with his nominated song “HUMBLE.,” initially staying hidden between the laser rays before he was chased on stage by ninjas.

One ninja stunned the crowd by appearing to set himself ablaze while still twirling around, before the back of the stage turned into a fence of fire.

‘Make Heather’s death count’ 

Two weeks after 32-year-old anti-racism protester Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, her mother Susan Bro came to the awards and vowed to “make Heather’s death count.”

Heyer was killed when a white supremacist supporter plowed his car into counter-demonstrators against a rally involving neo-Nazis in the Virginia city.

Bro, keeping control of her emotions as the crowd applauded, announced that she was setting up a foundation in her daughter’s name to offer scholarships for people pursuing careers in social justice.

‘1-800-273-8255 ‘

In another social message, the rapper Logic brought the crowd to its feet with the song “1-800-273-8255” — the number of the US suicide prevention hotline.

Alessia Cara accepts the Best Dance video award for ‘Stay’ onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/AFP

Accompanied by two rising stars, pop singer Alessia Cara and rapper Khalid, Logic was joined on stage by dozens of people who had attempted suicide and wore the hotline number on their shirts.

‘Space frontiers for Katy Perry ‘

Pop superstar Katy Perry, serving as host of the VMAs, took the stage by floating from the sky in a spacesuit — the emblem of the awards — before incessant wardrobe changes.

Katy Perry at UGG x Jeremy Scott Collaboration Launch Event at The h.wood Group’s ‘Poppy’ on August 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. John Sciulli/Getty Images for UGG/AFP

While Perry has bared a new sultry side on her latest album, her jokes showed more innocent humor. She called up astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk the moon, and asked if he created “the moonwalk” — the signature dance of Michael Jackson.

Perry also brought a baby doll — teasing DJ Khaled, whose infant son appears in a video — and ended the show back in the sky, this time to slam-dunk basketballs.

‘P!NK embraces androgyny ‘

Pop singer P!NK was presented the Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement and marked the occasion with a performance atop a car that looked like it would fly into the audience.

Accepting the prize from television host Ellen DeGeneres, P!NK recalled that her six-year-old daughter — watching from the audience — had complained of not conforming to girls’ ideas of beauty.

P!NK said she replied by giving her daughter a PowerPoint demonstration to teach her to welcome androgyny, pointing to the long list of successful gender-bending artists.

-‘Lorde makes most of illness ‘

Lorde, the young New Zealand singer with a knack for the quirky, came down with the flu ahead of the VMAs but went ahead with a performance.

Lorde attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFP

Instead of singing, Lorde took her cues from ballet as she pranced around the stage to her song “Homemade Dynamite ”

Expressing herself with her body rather than voice, Lorde contorted her body before offering big smiles and throwing herself to the ground.

‘Fruit before all ‘

One musician who draw attention on social media did so inadvertently. Jack Antonoff, the producer who also performs in bands fun. and Bleachers, was caught on camera intently eating a banana, undistracted by Katy Perry.

Jack Antonoff (back) and Sam Dew (speaking) accept the Best Collaboration award for Taylor Swift and Zayn’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017, In Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017. Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP

His partner Lena Dunham, the author and director best known for the HBO series “Girls,” tweeted: “My boyfriend just casually eating a banana at the VMAs is a good reminder of why we’ve been at it half a decade.”

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VMA Awards 2015: Kanye West Running For President In 2020

kanye westRapper, Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, after which he disclosed in his acceptance speech that he will be running for President in 2020.

West also spoke at length about being changed by fatherhood, defending artistry, the hypocrisy of media, the ridiculousness of award shows, and more.

“I will die for the art, and for what I believe in and the art isn’t always going to be polite”, he said.

Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake both performed lengthy, career-spanning medleys when they won in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

All six of West’s albums have gone platinum, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and he’s logged 22 top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

However, it appears West, who has also delved into fashion business, is about to launch his political career, by declaring his White House ambition.

Nicki Minaj To Perform At MTV Video Music Awards

nicki-minajMTV Base has announced Grammy Award-nominated superstar, Nicki Minaj, to grace the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” stage at the forthcoming event which would take place at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 24.

The hip-hop queen would perform her alluring new hit single “Anaconda” for the first time, from her new album – The Pink Print, due to be released later in the year.

Nicki Minaj, who would be joining previously announced performers like Beyoncé, Usher, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer, is said to be very excited about the upcoming performance.

“The VMA’s is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it,” said Nicki Minaj. “I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance.”

Nominees for a new socially voted category, ‘Best Lyric Video’ would be announced at a later date on vma.mtv.com.

 

 

 

 

Beyoncé To Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

MTV Base announced on Thursday, August 7,  that global international sensation, Beyoncé, would receive the legendary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyoncé, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will be presented with the highly coveted Video Vanguard Award, joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and JustinTimberlake.

Mrs Carter’s triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world.

The event, which will take place in Inglewood, California, on Sunday August 24, would also have previously announced 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers like Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Additional performers and presenters would be announced on a later date.