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And the Video Vanguard Award Goes To… J. Lo, Naturally

The MTV Video Music Awards to Honor Jennifer Lopez August 20th

Jennifer Lopez must be the luckiest lady on the planet.

She is talented, beautiful (possibly ageless), rich, and smart, a mom of seemingly well-adjusted celeb kids, and dating one of the most desirable dudes in America. That would be "A-Rod" if you live under a rock. Just when you thought the triple-threat had it all, the kind folks at MTV felt she needed another feather in her (designer) cap.

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So, later this month during the 2018 MTV VMAs, the very special Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award will be presented to Lopez, giving her prime time props of epic proportions thanks to her "contributions to the world of music videos." As MTV shared, "The Bronx native will be accepting her award and performing some of her greatest hits live!" Surely Mr. Rodriguez will be right there in the front row cheering on his main squeeze, and fans worldwide will be in frenzy when the always-amazing J. Lo does her thing for the live audience and those tuning in from their living rooms. And by the way, Lopez has not performed live at the VMAs since 2001, as per Time. She must have been waiting for just the right moment to hit the stage again, making '18 the pinnacle of her perfection.

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The first Vanguard awards were given out at the first VMAs in '84. To honor the incomparable Michael Jackson, the award was renamed in '91. While we remember the artists who've claimed this coveted award, note that is also sometimes given to music video directors and creators who are behind the lens, making magic to go along with the music.

For a little MTV music history, the first awards were given to David Bowie, The Beatles, and Richard Lester (he was a director for short films for the Beatles). Skip to '86 when Madonna accepted the honor along with filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński. '88's star was the award's now-namesake, Michael Jackson, followed by George Michael in '89. Janet Jackson was '90's gal, joining her beloved bro with the honor. Jump to 2011 when pop princess Britney Spears was the wildly popular winner. Her ex, Justin Timberlake snapped it up two years later. Kim K.'s hubby, Kanye West stole the show in '15…too bad Taylor Swift wasn't inclined to steal his thunder. '16 saw Rihanna, '17, P!nk, and this year, J. Lo will take home the shiny statue. A deserving bunch with another hit-maker to add to the impressive list.

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Lopez's latest song, "Dinero" is up for some awards too - "Best Collaboration" and "Best Latin Video." Even if she doesn't snag the prize for those, she still walks away the night's biggest winner. Something tells us Michael Jackson is smiling down on her from above.

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Lorde's performance at the VMAs was dynamite!

Lorde said forget about traditional performances and broke the norm with a serene but moving performance.

But the dynamite was surprisingly silent Sunday night...

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I had almost forgotten the VMA's were on but as I stumbled into my local bar to pick up some takeout, Jack Antonoff took the stage to announce Lorde's performance. "I've seen her walk barefoot through New York and eat sushi from a gas station," Jack Antonoff mused about Lorde. He also said that it was an honor to watch her create some of the most important music in the past two years and referred to her as Ella which made us, "aw," at how close the producer and artist appear to be.

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Lorde took the stage and spritely placed a cassette tape into a boom box, just as we had seen her do earlier this month in her collaboration with Vevo. We waited patiently for the beat to drop and for Lorde to start singing; however, it never happened. Instead, we were left with a performance unique to anything I've seen before. Lorde wore a metallic tinfoil-esque peplum style dress over khaki pants with some comfy kicks. Her hair was half up, half down and textured. Her laid back hair style doubled as both her performance style and her red carpet look paired with a "moon princess" gown as she described it. She looked stunning in both looks.

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Lorde's lack of singing did not cause for a lack of performance. She proceeded to do an interpretive dance that while was simple, perfectly accented the best parts of the track and the song. Even better? She looked like she was in bliss the entire time she did it. There has now been a statement released that Lorde was coming down with the flu before the show and decided to opt for a vocal-less performance, but honestly before I even knew that, I just loved the concept of the artist rocking out to her own song. We're so self-critical it was nice to see Lorde get down to her song the exact same way us fans do. I feel like this performance though simple was a really great representation of our generation.

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If you were to look at VMA performances, I think that people will definitely recognize her performance as essential 2017 pop culture. That's one of my favorite things: when music and pop culture merge seamlessly each contributing to the other. The fact that she used a cassette definitely is really pointed at how concerned with throwback us nineties babies are. The carefree tune also aligns with our generations habit to let loose when we can in this stressful environment. Everything down to the comfortable, unique look she wore for the performance screams 2017 and I loved it. Apparently she also became a GIF and what is more 2017 than that?

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Lorde was nominated for two VMA awards this year, one for Best Editing for "Greenlight," the first single from her sophomore album Melodrama.

She was also nominated for Artist of the Year. Unfortunately, she didn't bring home any VMA's this year, but all eyes are definitely on her for the brilliant artist she is blossoming into at just twenty years old.

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Cardi B stole the show at this year's VMAs

The new queen of rap brought her chart-slaying "Bodak Yellow" to the MTV Video Music Awards

Cardi B isn't going anywhere, if last night's performance at the 2017 Video Music Awards is anything to show for it.

The Bronx rapper has been making headlines ever since the release of her - ok, there's no other word for it - banger of a single. She makes money move, and she's moving up the charts, too - with "Bodak Yellow" hitting no. 14 on the Billboard charts, she claimed the highest-charting spot for a female rapper since Nicki Minaj. It also broke a record for most weeks spent atop the Digital Song Sales chart. With a single that has over 36K streams (and counting) on Spotify, it comes as no surprise that last night's performance was nothing short of what we'd expect from this queen.

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The star donned a diamond-encrusted bodysuit and matching Saint Laurent boots - the very same $10,000 boots that feature over 3,000 crystals and made us cry because we'll never own them this past Paris Fashion Week. The fashion house hasn't yet come out with an announcement of the dressing, but we'd recognize them miles away. The irony is not lost on us as Cardi belts, "These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes; Hit the store, I can get 'em both, I don't wanna choose."

Cardi moves with the confidence of someone who's always known they were destined for this. That's what makes watching her perform, and her aforementoned glow-up, so satisfying to pay witness to. Cardi is an artist with flow, charisma, and enough self-awareness for us all. While her performance took place during the VMA's pre-show, we're more than certain she'll be returning with her own mainstream slot next year.

Cardi B (C) performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Cardi B continued to stir things up during the awards show by giving a shout-out to Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who faced controversy in 2016 for kneeling during the National Anthem while a series of police shootings were rocking the country. While introducing Demi Lovato's performance, Cardi was quick to note, "Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we're gonna be standing for you, baby." It is a bold and necessary show of support, as the VMA's were particularly lacking in acknowledging the current political climate at all - host Katy Perry remained silent, while Paris Jackson took a moment to condemn white supremacy. All in all, MTV's audience expected more.

In an interview with pre-show host Charlamagne tha God, Cardi was asked if she could have envisioned performing at the VMAs. "I was thinking the beginning of the year. I kept asking like my brothers, 'You think they gonna invite me to the VMAs?'" she said. "Its like not only am I invite: I'm performing. I'm presenting. This is like, Jesus, thank you very much. My family is watching me. People in the projects is watching me. I think the whole Bronx is watching me."

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Oh that Miley Cyrus!

When it was announced that the 22-year-old was going to be hosting the 2015 VMAs, it was a given that she would be putting on quite the show—but, in the end, Miley managed to outdo even herself.

Leaving her infamous Robin Thicke 2013 VMAs twerking extravaganza firmly in the shade, Miley laid on a pretty much naked, weed smoking, profanity laced, nip slipping, performance guaranteed to keep her name firmly in the headlines for at least the foreseeable future.

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Oh, then there was also the whole Nicki Minaj fight furor too….. but, more about that in a bit.

Miley Cyrus' tasteful VMAs red carpet arrivals ensemble (left) and one of her many understated and modest onstage outfit changes (right)

MTV was obviously hip to what was going to be in store—because, Miley Cyrus, DUH! But, despite the “live" broadcast being on a slight delay to help filter out the plethora of profanities throughout the night, good old Miles still managed to slip her bare nip into the evening's festivities.

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Cyrus' “non-intentional" (yeah right!!) nip slip occurred as she was changing backstage, behind a curtain, for the night's final performance. As the camera filmed her, body hidden, head visible, suddenly the curtain “accidentally" fell, revealing her bare breast….

“Sorry, my tit's out," Miley could be heard pretending to protest.

Miley slips her nip into the VMAs festivities....

GASP! The OUTRAGE!

Nah, not really…. being 2015, and the MTV VMAs, nobody really gives THAT much of a fuck—because it's just a Goddamn nipple folks, get over it—and, thankfully, there has (so far) been no repeat of the utterly ludicrous, puritanical, OUTRAGE that occurred in the U.S. following the blink-and-you-would-have-missed-it Janet Jackson Superbowl half time performance nipple flash fury that happened back in 2004.

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And, if there is any sad bastard out there feigning outrage and shock, then seriously, what the fuck were they doing watching Miley Cyrus presenting the MTV VMAs, in the first place?!! You pretty much know the drill, and can be confident in what you're gonna be getting…

Case in point, throughout the night, in addition to all the outrageous costume changes that ensured she got to flash the very maximum amount of flesh possible, Cyrus was sure to bring plenty of 420 to the show.

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Miley managed to slip a drug reference into the first few minutes of her opening speech, then worked in references to either smoking, or eating ganja at pretty much every single turn.

There was a skit where she and Tyga ate kif cookies during a sleepover at her dad Billy Ray Cyrus' house—another, where she and Snoop Dogg ate bhang brownies together, which he claimed were baked by Miley's “mamie"—Cyrus demanding Rita Ora and some dancers say “marijuana!" as they posed for an onstage selfie together—and, just in case you didn't get the, “Hey kids, look! MTV is cool and edgy again!" memo, Miley posed for a ton of pics backstage, all while smoking some big fat blunts.

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Ooooohhh….. sooooooo cool MTV!

But, what would a modern day award show be without some good old fashioned bitch fest-fueled beef for people to sink their teeth into?

And, sure enough, VMAs viewers were served up a big, steaming portion of diva drama, courtesy Best Hip-Hop Video award winner, Nicki Minaj.

And, yet more VMAs keepin' it classy Cyrus costume changes...

After thanking everyone under the sun, including her pastor, Minaj took aim, and BOOM! fired directly at Cyrus, referencing a NY Times story in which Miley appeared to be firmly #TeamSwift—Minaj sniped, “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press….Miley, what's good?"

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Miley, being Miley, took it all in her stride however—or perhaps, was too damn stoned at that point to think of a decent comeback—responding with a diplomatic, "Hey, we're all in this industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate shit. Nicki, congratulations."

Meow….

So little time, so many ridiculous, fabricated “feuds" ....and so many snore-inducing "edgy" "cool" award shows....

On the eve of her hosting gig at the VMA's this weekend, Miley Cyrus has set the record straight about her sexuality: Not bisexual but pansexual.

In a new interview with Elle UK, Miley explains:

I’m very open about it – I’m pansexual. But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.

Hopefully, this won't come as big news to Miley's squeeze of the moment, Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell, who has confessed to being in love.

Want to know the difference between between bisexual and pansexual? Fine, but let me tell you anyway.

Pansexual is defined as not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Bisexual suggests that there are just two genders. How binary, right millennials?

Recently, Miley went further with the topic in Paper magazine, revealing:

I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.

Now that should answer all questions, and relieve any worries about that horse.

Miley has also revealed a beef with Nicki Minaj in recent days, so look for more Miley Cyrus Promotional Shockers as the VMA's draw closer (scheduled for Sunday night.)

After Taylor Swift used a shark image to smirk at Katy Perry during a recent concert, word is out that Katy is planning to strike back during the upcoming VMA Awards.

Swift was onstage Sunday night performing her hit Bad Blood when she turned to see an image of a toy shark on the screen behind her. She turned back to her audience, giving an exaggerated little laugh at the reference to Perry's Superbowl show.

Now those close to Katie are wondering whether she will use the occasion of the VMA Awards to give Taylor a dose of her own medicine. And rumors have been swirling for ages that Katie' pal Rihanna plans to help exact revenge.

Swift has admitted that her song Bad Blood is about Katy Perry, and the two singers have exchanged subtle and not-so-subtle jabs ever since.

Most recently, Perry tweeted a comment about Taylor's misguided response to Niki Minaj's complaint about 'slim bodies' being more likely to win VMA nominations. Perry found it hypocritical for Swift to butt in, saying:

Finding it ironic to parade the put women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...

While no one's behavior has been entirely above reproach, Swift has been far more active in carrying on the feud, and she seems determined to enjoy her perceived supremacy over her rival.

Meantime, while Swift is smirking at a toy shark, Perry has been hanging out with former Presidents Clinton and Bush. That might be revenge enough for some people.

Me, I'm rooting for a Rihanna-assisted punking on live TV. If the gods are listening, this is my prayer.