|2009 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
Beyonce to perform at MTV awards
BEYONCE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR NINE AWARDS
US pop star Beyonce Knowles will perform at the annual MTV Video Music Awards, which is being held next month in New York.
The 27-year-old is up for nine awards at the ceremony - including video of the year - and will perform her latest hit single Sweet Dreams.
Beyonce's husband Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Pink and Muse have also been lined up to perform.
Last year's host, comedian Russell Brand, is back for a second time.
The British star caused controversy at the 2008 event, by referring to then-US President George W Bush as a "retarded cowboy fella".
However, MTV have asked him back and he has already recorded an online trailer with Britney Spears publicising the show, which is being held at New York's Radio City Music Hall on 13 September.
Last year, Spears collected three prizes for her track Piece of Me at the annual awards show.
Beyonce To Hit The Stage At The 09 MTV VMAs
Good news, perhaps, for Kanye West. He'll have a little less competition to worry about when it comes to scoring some Grammy nominations.
For the first time ever, the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from the end of September to the final day of August. In making the change, the eligibility period for the 2010 Grammy Awards was shortened to 11 months (the Grammy year will be back to a 12-month cycle, with the new qualifying dates, for the 2011 awards).
Ultimately, this means that heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey and Jay-Z will now have to wait until 2011 to see their albums get Grammy recognition. An album now must be released no later than Aug. 31 to be in the Grammy running.
That means it's time to look at the albums most likely to be lauded by Recording Academy voters in the album of the year field, Grammys' biggest prize. Note, however, what follows is not a reflection of the year's best albums. No discussion of that sort could happen without mention of St. Vincent's "Actor," Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "It's Blitz!" and on and on and on.
For now, however, get your pencils and scorecards ready. Here's an early look at some of the works most likely to receive album of the year attention when Grammy nominations are unveiled at the end of the year.
This is only Part 1 of the installment. Pop & Hiss will be back before the Aug. 31 deadline with another five albums, and we'll see how wrong we all were in December.
Kanye West, '808s & Heartbreak'
WHITNEY HOUSTON, 'I Look to You'
Grammy potential: Plenty have been waiting for Houston's return, and you can bet Recording Academy voters are among her most ardent supporters. She has six Grammy wins to her name, including an album of the year trophy for her work on the soundtrack to 1992 film "The Bodyguard." While her 2002 album "Just Whitney" failed to snare an album of the year nod, she's largely been missing in action since, at least if you were looking for her outside the tabloids. If "I Look to You" is a moderate critical success -- and early signs are that it is -- then Houston's album of the year prospects will be judged on the marketplace. If it's a hit, book it. If she's fading from the top 10 by time Mariah Carey releases her "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel" on Sept. 29, Houston may be relegated to pop and genre fields.
Grammy deserving: Initial reactions to "I Look to You" are positive, although not glowing. Houston's weapon was her voice, and it's lost some of its thrill. A scaled-back Whitney, especially one paired with A-list producers, from R. Kelly to Stargate to Akon, isn't necessarily all that different from any number of pop divas. That all being said, "I Look to You" may play it safe, but it's a pleasurable listen from start to finish. "Million Dollar Bill" is blissfully retro, and "Salute" packs a feisty, kiss-off punch.
Jay-Z WANT'S TO LEAVE A LEGACY IN HOLLYWOOD
'I want it to be something that's really important,' Jigga says of his move to movies, in Mixtape Daily.
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"Hollywood" isn't just the name of a Jay-Z song Hov still wants to get into the movie biz. Before he retired for the first time about six years ago, Jay said one of the things he wanted to focus on after rapping was making movies. Well, obviously even when he was in "retirement," Jay never stopped rapping it's in the man's DNA. Still, the Jiggaman told us he hasn't given up laying down a blueprint for success in Tinseltown.
"I do. I do," Jay insisted about whether he still wants to make movies in the future. "I'm taking my time. It may seem like it's taking forever, but when I do, it's gonna be something added to the genre. I just don't wanna do a couple movies and be gone. I want it to be something that's really important, so I'm taking my time with it. Hopefully when I arrive [in Hollywood], I can leave a footprint."
While movies are still a ways off, music is here in abundance. Jay'sBlueprint 3 hits stores on September 11 with the lead cuts "Run This Town" and "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." His song with Drake, "Off That," recently leaked.
50 CENT'S '40 DAY' POSTPONED INDEFINATELY
50 Cent may rub some rappers in New York the wrong way at times, but the Queens-bred artist is generous as any entertainer when it comes to serving his community and fostering a direct relationship with fans.
This weekend was shaping up to be a display of his altruism: On Saturday he's busing in a number of residents from his former South Jamaica, Queens, neighborhood to New Jersey for a day at Six Flags Great Adventures amusement park, followed by a 50 performance.
But his "40 Day" event, also known as "Family Day," scheduled for Sunday has hit a major snag and is being postponed indefinitely, MTV News has learned.
The rapper's representative released this statement to MTV News exclusively regarding the festivities.
"The G-Unity Foundation and New York Restoration Project are deeply saddened and disappointed to learn that the permit for our upcoming Family Day event was not granted by the City," the statement read. "As a result, Family Day scheduled for August 30th has been postponed until further notice."
The project, sponsored by 50 and actress Bette Midler, drew the ire of the city when authorities discovered the rapper may perform at the event. The New York Postdrummed up controversy around the event, reporting that locals were concerned about violence. The story cited a number of local sources, several of them anonymous, with one person saying "police brass were worried that a rival or punk out to make a name for himself would try to shoot Fitty during the performance."
The rapper spoke with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and assured officials he would not be performing. Bloomberg confirmed he talked with 50 and indicated the event would still take place. The two seemed to settle on a compromise that things could proceed if the rapper didn't perform.
G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo said the event would still take place despite the minor setback when he spoke to MTV News one day after Bloomberg told reporters he met with 50.
"The mayor was saying he spoke to 50 and he agreed that it wouldn't be a performance. Yo, I can't get at the mayor," Yayo said. "I don't even wanna say anything bad about him I don't wanna get pulled over when I leave from outta here! But 50's big, 50s bigger than life. Rumor is he spent over half a million dollars on this."
Russell Brand And Britney Spears Flirt Telepathically In VMA Promo
BRAND RETURNS' as host for this year's Video Music Awards, which air live September 13.
They may not have addressed the elephant in the room when they appeared together in a 2008 VMA promo, but this year, Britney Spears and repeat host Russell Brand are taking their relationship to the next level they are the voices in each other's heads.
In a new promo for the Video Music Awards, which air live from New York City on September 13, Spears longs to be Brand's date for the big night. Spears, clad in a white bikini and large black hat, thinks to herself, "I wonder if he'll invite me. I mean, I can obviously get an invite, but it would be nice for Russell to invite me personally, now that we're friends and all."
Brand then wonders to himself if he could have offended Spears somewhere along the way, so much so that perhaps she wouldn't want to see him at this year's show. "I hope I didn't balls it up with her last time," he thinks to himself. "Some of those things I said could have been construed as offensive. I hope she don't think ill of me."
Then Spears thinks to herself that perhaps she may have done something to make Brand think she isn't interested. "Should I have played it up more when he was flirting with me last year? I have to admit, there is something sexy about his dangerous ways."