Britney Spears was greeted with cheers of excitement, which must have boosted her confidence before finally scoring her first VMA. The good luck kept coming as she took home three moonmen last night! Britney was "speechless" but then added, "Oh, my goodness, thank you! I first wanna thank God for blessing me like this. My family ... my two beautiful boys for inspiring me everyday." At the end of the show, Russell called it "the resurrection of Britney Spears" which we couldn't agree with more. You all thought she would win but she wasn't the only one who scored last night — click here for all the 2008 MTV VMA winners! Chris Brown, the Pussycat Dolls, and Tokio Hotel also took home trophies and don't forget, you too can be a winner like the VMA presenters by entering to win the fabulous goody bag they took home last night.
British comedian Russell Brand hosted the MTV Video Music Awards last night and proved in the current climate, not even handing out trophies for music videos is immune from a healthy dose of politicization. Brand's assessment of President George Bush was more than pointed. He said:
Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president. But I know America to be a forward thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard and cowboy fella be president for eight years? We were very impressed. We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors.
Shots of the audience, including Britney Spears and not-of-voting-age-yet Miley Cyrus, looked stricken by the riff. Brand went on to appeal “on behalf of the world," that people vote for Barack Obama.
Reviews of the performance have been mixed, with the LA Times saying, "The 2008 VMAs were poised to mark the return of Britney Spears. Instead, they will go down in history as the night when that English guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall almost made the Jonas Brothers cry." One MTV fan said, "Russell WHO? I didn't realize this show was an Osama [sic] campaign rally. This British nobody looks like he was pulled from the ranks of the homeless — with his unshaved look, rats' nest hair-do and foul mouth." The New York Times was more appreciative of the "manic, intelligent English comedian." Were you?
The long awaited Britney Spears opening included a pre-taped clip with Jonah Hill before her blink-and-you'll-miss-it intro which was greeted by a touching standing ovation and eventually three moonmen! Host Russell Brand didn't hold back when bashing President Bush, calling Palin a VILF and begging for Obama support. He also mocked the promise ring wearing Jonas Brothers but Jordin Sparks came to their defense and called Brand a slut. Rihanna looked amazingly badass twice —opening the show with "Disturbia" and later doing a duet with T.I. Other performances included Kanye, Christina Aguilera, Pink, the Jonas Brothers and Kid Rock — all of them full of energy and enjoyable. Also, Demi Moore, Lauren Conrad and Michael Phelps presented awards! So much to talk about, what was your favorite part?
To see LOTS more photos of all of the stars at the show including Paris giving Brit a moonman, Ashlee and Pete, Jonas Brothers, Shia, Christina and LL just read more
Miss Britney Jean Spears is back! At last year's disastrous VMAs, she looked lost, hurt, and confused. But last night, Brit picked up a few awards, giving her plenty to smile about.
What a difference a year makes! I haven't covered Britney's style very much over the last year, because let's face it: She's had much more important things to worry about than how she looks. With that said, though, she seems much more confident and healthy these days, and if looking this coiffed and glossed is part of her comeback, I'd say she's doing a fine job. Would you?
The ladies hit the VMAs red carpet and managed to look cool under the blazing LA sun yesterday afternoon and we were there to get a peek at the action. Lindsay Lohan turned heads in her skintight black dress though I spotted her changed into pants and a sexy top when she made her way into the show with Samantha right behind. We didn't get to see Ashlee Simpson on the red carpet, but I did spot her sneaking in the side entrance to the show right after Pete — I will say that baby bump is huge and she is positively glowing. Bar Refaeli looked stunning though was happier to talk to us about her girls' vacation in St Tropez than when a reporter asked her about Leo's whereabouts. Nicky Hilton told us she was excited for the show after deciding last minute to come and wore an Open Ceremony dress while Taylor Swift is just the sweetest thing ever. She's so pretty, poised and polite.
Also on the red carpet were the ladies of The Hills — Lauren Conrad looked great mixing it up from her usual while Heidi was attached to Spencer even when they had to sip champagne waiting to be let in to the packed auditorium. Of course, Heidi and Spencer were happy to talk to the press and Britney was the topic on everyone's mind. They were excited for this to be the best VMAs ever starting with Britney's opening moment. Lots more fun to come, but check out hundreds of photos of all the beautiful ladies on the red carpet below.
They may not get to be as colorful, but the men managed to keep things interesting at the VMAs. Chris Brown was a stand out having a blast on the red carpet handing out hugs to all his friends he ran into along the way like Lupe Fiasco who was gearing up for his big performance. Chris Brown's performance last year still has people gushing, but the topic of the night was Britney. Everyone was super excited to see her hit the stage again, well, other than Kid Rock who made it very clear that's not why he was looking forward to the show. In fact, he told us he was most excited just to see which performers lip-synced versus actually singing.
Brody Jenner and Frankie Delgado schmoozed their way down the press line while Cisco Adler and Schwayze talked a big game about their secret upcoming movie project and their crazy summer touring. Perhaps the loudest screams came near the end of the red carpet when Michael Phelps showed up, though sadly he didn't have time before the show to make it down the whole press line.
From The Hills to the red carpet, Stephanie Pratt knows how to turn up the volume. Here she does it in a horizontally pleated satin minidress. She accessorizes this LBD with a skinny sequined belt, red pumps, and some fabulous silver jewelry. She may be one of the newer stars of the MTV reality show, but she's proving here that she's just as stylish. Copy her look below.
Rihanna sang two songs at the 2008 VMAs in different outfits, but the most attainable look was the third one, which she wore on the red carpet. The architectural skirt paired with the black bustier and white pumps stood out amongst the crowd and further solidified Rihanna's stature as a style icon. Capture the look for less with the items below.
Fall awards season has officially begun, yay! The celebs hit the MTV VMA red carpet tonight and as always we were there to capture the looks. We have rounded them up, now it's your turn to tell us what you think - Did you Love It or Hate It?
Last year was supposed to be the big Britney Spears comeback show at the MTV Video Music Awards — but this year marked Britney's real return. Britney won her first VMA (and, before long, her second and third), taking home the moonmen for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year for "Piece of Me."
Russell Brand hosted the 25th ceremony, which included today's chart-toppers putting their own spins on classic songs (Katy Perry singing a snippet of "Like a Virgin," etc). While Britney was the night's big winner, others who will need to find a space on their shelves for a moonman include Chris Brown, the Pussycat Dolls, and Tokio Hotel. To see the whole list of winners, just read more