Kanye West has officially canceled his scheduled performance on NBC’s “The Today Show” shortly after his interview with Matt Lauer.
He tweeted the following…
“I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons.” “I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.’…I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance….Do you guys see what I’m saying now?”
It wasn’t a surprise that West backed out of the performance after airing his concerns with Lauer’s interviewing techniques.
“I don’t hate Matt Lauer,” he added on Twitter today. “We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth!…All positive energy … all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya’ll future apology in advance LOL!”
In related news:
Kanye West Tweets His Frustration Over Matt Lauer ‘Today Show’ Interview
Kanye West is fighting mad, but this time it’s over “how they did [him] at the Today Show,” he chose his Twitter account to fight back.West sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer to, as he tweeted last night,“express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist.” But things didn’t quite go as West would have liked.
Kanye was referring to the flak he received after the talked-about-to-death 2009 MTV VMAs Taylor Swift interruption—something, according to West, the Today Show decided to dredge up visually while he was speaking. (His full interview has yet to air on the morning program.)
“While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the ‘MTV’ under me with audio!!!!!!!” Kanye tweeted. He then added, “I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it!”
West’s rants spanned through a further series of tweets, which found him alluding to the fact that Matt Lauer attempted to stage the G.O.O.D. Friday MC’s reactions to the questions. “He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him,” he wrote.
“HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT… I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused… I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore… I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ!… I can’t take anymore advice!!! I create, I’m creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day.”
In the end, he capped things by cryptically tweeting, “Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don’t trust anyone!”
Here’s a small portion of Kanye’s Today Show sitdown, which was aired when Lauer spoke to George Bush.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out when Yeezy’s full Today Show interview runs. And when it does, if things went down as West says, one thing’s for sure—it might be someone else other than Kanye, for a change, who’s under scrutiny.
“Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the ‘MTV’ clip while I was speaking about Bush?” West tweeted toward the end of his rant. “This is rock and roll life my people… you can’t stop the truth you can’t stop the music and I have to be strong or ‘they’ win!!!!”
Check out the video below…
Source: OTRM & idolator
“I saw a bit of the interview. He was really upset when they played back the video of him snatching Taylor Swift’s award in the middle of him trying to answer the question Matt Lauer asked about the whole incident.”
Sunday night at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards the audience went Gaga over the night’s top nominee while Taylor Swift and Kanye West delivered performances that reflected on the infamous incident that put them both in the spotlight after last year’s VMAs. So who were the winners at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?
Comedian Chelsea Handler, who admitted she was “high as a kite”, hosted the 27th annual VMAs, rocking a house on her head as she made her grand entrance on to the stage. Her monologue included the obligatory disses. After giving a nod to the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore, Handler told the audience, “Don’t applaud- they’re the reason MTV doesn’t play your videos.”
Musical guests at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards included Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Bieber, Florence and the Machine, Drake, Mary J. Blige, Swizz Beats, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park and Kanye West.
Lady Gaga accepted the Best Female Video Award from comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Gaga told her fans, “Tonight, little monsters, we’re the cool kids at the party.” And as Gaga accepted several awards throughout the evening, her constant costume changes kept things interesting. She also announced the title of her new album- “Born This Way”.
Eminem was also a big winner, but jetted from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre before accepting any of his awards. His show at Yankees Stadium was slated for today and he had to hit the road.
Let’s break it down!
The night opened up with Eminem performing his comeback hit “Not Afraid”, which lead into a surprise appearance by Rihanna for “Love the Way You Lie”. Looking a lil Courtney Love circa 1995, but much cuter.
Hearing Rihanna’s voice come out of the blue and very unexpected gave me chills in a good way.
It was definitely nice to see her and Eminen performing together on stage. Definitely one of my picks for best performances of the night.
DOPE breakout song of the year.
Justin Bieber put on an a semi-good performance with great dancers, a cool drum solo and confetti. He gets kudos for reacting fast to losing a drum stick. He had a quick recovery during his solo.
Next on stage was Justin’s mentor, Usher. His medley of “DJ Got Us Falling in Love”/”OMG ” was not my favorite performance to be honest. He barely sang anything. He sounded really bad and I was not a fan of the dancing. The ninja dancers descending from the ceiling were fun, but there wasn’t really anything memorable about the performance.
In my opinion Usher flopped this one.
Now was it me or were the majority of these performers lip synching? That was really starting to piss me off about the whole show.
Good punch line moment was when, Katy Perry hands Nicki Minaj the VMA Moon Man award and tells the rapper that’s she found her a “stiff man”.
I needed the laugh and that to me was funny!
Florence and the Machine may have sung her hit song “Dog Days Are Over”, but what she should have been singing was “Underdog Days Are Over”. She was definitely one who had a great performance. While much of the music world has finally started to take notice of the phenom that is FATM, mainstream music listeners have only just started to see the singer on their radar. Florence showed the MTV VMAs what real singing is all about.
She sang her ass off….GREAT!!
Now off to the best collabo performances of the night besides Eminem & Rihanna‘s performance. I have to hand it over to the next performers of the night.
Bruno Mars got everyone hyped for his upcoming album when he and B.o.B. performed their huge hit “Nothin’ on You“. B.o.B. kept the momentum going while performing his joining of two worlds collabo for “Airplanes” with Paramore’s Haley Williams.
Williams is super dope and has some serious swag.
Williams ended the performance while taking it back to her roots and performing with her band under a skyline of floating lightbulbs. This trifecta performance was likely was off of most people’s radar and yet delivered the most impressive talent of the night.
Drake got all “Fancy huh“, while rocking a white tuxedo jacket. His surprise guests consisted of Mary J Blige andSwizz Beatz. It was something expected from Drake, since he’s been on some serious hype lately. He’s everywhere! It was a good mood booster a very nicely high-energized performance.
Justin Bieber took home the moon man for Best New Artist award, but got a bit confused and couldn’t figure out how to get on the stage.
Linkin Park performed their song “Catalyst” off-location on the top of the Griffith Observatory. Good performance.
Last night was Lady GaGa’s night at the 2010 MTV VMA’s as she won 8 awards including “Video Of the Year.” GaGa rocked three crazy pieces of fashion, all of which seemed to be ones that she appeared in recently in magazine pictorials.
Later the legendary Cher took the stage, calling herself “the oldest chick with the biggest hair and the littlest outfit”. She also said she had shoes older than most of the VMA nominees.
Cher still looks good for her age. She still can rock a see-through outfit and not give a damn about what anybody says.
Cher presented Lady Gaga with the award for Best Video of the Year.
A well-deserved win for Gaga.
After shedding tears of joy, GaGa was emotional and moved by the win that she even went as far as telling fans the album title for her next album. She scratched the plans of a New Year’s album title announcement and just blurted the three worded title. The album title for her next album will be called, “Born This Way”.
Now what was the deal with her meat dress? Really Gaga? I thought it was a bit way out of the box, but with Gaga you never really know what to expect.
She’s still DOPE!!
Now for the most anticipated, what I should be saying the most talked about performances of the night go out to Taylor Swift & Kanye West.
What a Difference a Year Makes…
A year after Kanye West stormed the VMA stage, stealing Taylor Swift‘s thunder as she accepted her award for best female video, the rapper was back on the VMA stage to make amends…
But first, Taylor Swift showed a mature and much more solemn side of herself. Swift performed her new song, “Innocents”, off her yet to be released album ‘Speak Now’. The song was penned about West‘s infamous interruption of Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at last year’s VMAs. The video clip of the incident played at the beginning of her performance, making it clear who and what she was singing about. But the lyrics “32 and still growing up now” and “who you are is not what you did” seemed to offer forgiveness to the rapper. The song, forgiving West of his rudeness, is one of Swift’s strongest songs lyrically to date.
Now off to Mr. West…
Asis Ansari’s introduction for Kanye West should have been funny. It had all the makings to be a classic Ansari funny moment, but fell short. Like, really short.
Thankfully, Kanye’s performance did not fall short.
West ended the night on a high with his own pennance, delivering a song called “Runaway”, an ode to being a “d—-bag’ and offering a toast to “scumbags”.
Even more shocking?
Taylor Swift was nowhere in sight. While both artists had their performances slightly overshadowed by the anticipation of a possible cameo from one another, neither Swift nor West collaborated on either performance. A positive reuniting of the two music powerhouses would have easily been the show-stealer.
That definitely would have been the icing on the cake, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
Lets not talk about the pre-show performance. Nicki Minaj & Will.i.am?! WACK as hell, now don’t get me wrong I am a fan of the both of them, but I feel the performance could have been superfly and it just went down the drain for me. I was not impressed. Sorry guys. This is just my opinion.
Oh and lets not forget Will.i.am’s black face and Nicki’s outfit. WTF was that?!! Bad, bad, bad fashion choices.
Major Winners at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards:
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“California Gurls” – Katy Perry
“Video Phone (extend remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga”Fifteen” – Taylor Swift “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
BEST ROCK VIDEO
“Ignorance” – Paramore
“Flash Delirium” – MGMT “Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars-WINNER
BEST MALE VIDEO
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“In My Head” – Jason Derulo “Not Afraid” – Eminem – WINNER
BEST POP VIDEO
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“Nothing on You” – B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“Forever” – Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem
“Pursuit Of Happiness” – Kid Cudi featuring MGMT & Ratatat “Not Afraid”-Eminem – WINNER
BEST NEW ARTIST
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“In My Head” – Jason Derulo
“Massive Attack” – Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett
“The Ghost Inside” – Broken Bells “Baby” – Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris – WINNER
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Not Afraid” – Eminem “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
“My First Kiss” – 3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga – WINNER
BEST DANCE MUSIC VIDEO
“Evacuate The Dancefloor” – Cascada
“OMG” – Usher featuring Will.I.Am “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
BEST ART DIRECTION
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine – WINNER
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
“Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga
“OMG” – Usher featuring Will.I.Am
“Tightrope” – Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Little Lion Man” – Mumford and Sons
“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + The Machine
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – WINNER
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga-WINNER
As we all know, we will not be seeing Kanye West and Taylor Swift reunite on stage together at the VMAs. According to sources Swift has written a song dedicated to her Kanye moon man snatching experience. It’s said to be set for her October release called, “Speak Now”. After rehearsing the song during rehearsals on Friday, sources believe that Taylor will be premiering the new tune during her performance for the 2010 MTV VMA’s, which will air live tonight at 9PM ET.
It was an intense and exciting Sunday evening as the “2009 Video Music Awards” took over New York City, causing quite a stir with Kanye West‘s outburst, Madonna‘s surprise appearance, Janet Jackson‘s tribute performance to her brother Michael and the cast of ‘Twilight”s big reveal of their extended ‘New Moon’ trailer.
Madonna opened the awards show, paying tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
Madonna called Michael Jackson a “hero,” a “king” and a “human being” as she paid tribute to the King of Pop at MTV’s “2009 Video Music Awards,” prior to Janet Jackson‘s anticipated performance.
“When I was six, my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the sick,” she says of the music legend. “I never had a mother but he never had a childhood.”
Madonna said when she learned of Michael’s death while preparing for her tour, she felt as if she had “abandoned him.”
“I know his pain,” she said, referring to the constant media attention the King of Pop received.
Madonna said his legacy lives on, starting with her two sons who are big fans of the late singer. “There’s a whole lot of crotch grabbing and moon-walking in my house,” Madonna joked.
She concluded her tribute saying, “He was a king, but he was also a human being. … Long live the king.”
Following her words, dancers made their way to the stage to perform to Michael‘s acclaimed song “Thriller.”Janet Jackson followed that performance up with her own tribute, singing the song “Scream,” a duet she recorded with her brother.
Taylor Swift then went up onstage to accept the award for Best Female Music Video from Taylor Lautner and Shakira, but her speech was cut short when Kanye West grabbed the microphone from her, declaring that Beyonce’ Knowles had the best music video of the year.
Swift was also amongst the performers of the night, in addition to Green Day, Pink, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys and Kid Cudi.Cudi dedicated his performance to the late Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, while Pink performed high in the sky with a trapeze artist.
The show concluded with a preview of Michael Jackson‘s anticipated documentary ‘This Is It.’
Here is the list of Moon Men winners at the 2009 VMA’s:
Breakthrough Video- Matt and Kim, “Lessons Learned”
Female Video- Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”
Rock Video- Green Day, “21 Guns”
Pop Video- Britney Spears, “Womanizer”
Male Video- T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life”
Hip-Hop Video- Eminem, “We Made You”
Best New Artist- Lady Gaga
Video of the Year- Beyonce’ Knowles, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Check out more photos below from last night’s VMAs.
The outspoken rapper Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at MTV’s 2009 Video Music Awards, declaring Beyonce‘s music video should have won the moon-man.
“Beyonce had the best video,” he said, taking the microphone from Swift.
Swift, looking taken aback, left the stage following West‘s outburst.
I think Kanye really over-stepped his boundaries as an artist. What he did was not cool one bit. It was rude and very unacceptable. I feel that as an artist at his magnitude of stardom, should have had more respect for Taylor Swift and given her that chance to receive her award for a work well done.
I’m sure that if that if someone who have interrupted his acceptance speech and said that someone else deserved his award more than himself, he would not have been to thrilled.
According to sources, Kanye and Amber Rose were escorted out of the VMA‘s.
Since the incident, Kanye has than posted an apology on his blog by stating the following…
“What are some of your thoughts about what happened at the VMA’s?”
Not every 19-year-old superstar has to act like a diva, and Taylor Swift is the perfect example of that!
The country singer appears on the cover of the new issue of Glamour magazine and reveals a lot about her down-to-earth lifestyle:
On Dating:“I don’t date a lot. The other day I was in my dressing room with one of my closest friends, [American Idol alum] Kellie Pickler, who is also my opening act, and she said something really interesting to me: ‘We can only give someone what’s left over.’ She does the same thing I do, so she knows what it’s like to do interviews all day and give your heart and soul on stage every night. After all of that is taken, we can only give someone what’s left. So it’s hard.”
On Partying: “I’ve never been fascinated by the party lifestyle. Sometimes people look at me like, ‘You’re 19 and don’t want to rebel?’ For me, rebelling is done with words: I love to write honest songs that name real people, then get up onstage and live out those emotions in front of 15,000 people. Penciling in a night to get wasted is not something I want to do.”
On Her Top 3 Career Moments:“Definitely performing on Saturday Night Live. I got to meet Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, who are some of my favorite people. Playing the Houston Rodeo for 72,000 people. Every one of them had a ticket stub with my name on it. And doing the cover of Rolling Stone. I never expected that would happen in my lifetime, and I definitely didn’t think it would happen when I was 19!”
On What’s Left To Accomplish:“I still have lots of goals. I’d love to do a world tour. And at some point, I’d like to move out of my parents’ house! [Laughs.]”
Here’s the my brief re-cap of this years Grammy awards ceremony.
* U2 kicks the show off with their newest single “Get On Your Boots”off of the new album No Line on the Horizon.
* Al Green, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake and Boyz II Men perform together in place of Rihanna and Chris Brown.
* Coldplay performed “Lost+”. Set starts off with Chris Martin at piano solo and later joined by Jay-Z to spit his verse. Chris cuts that song and goes to the stage and the rest of the band appears and they perform “Viva La Vida”.
* Carrie Underwood performs.
* Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus perform together.
* Jonas Brothers perform with Stevie Wonder.
* One of the performances of the night for me was “Swagger Like Us” with T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and a very pregnant M.I.A. The performance started off with M.I.A. doing a verse of “Paper Planes”, the sample of which “Swagger Like Us” came from. When she hit the words “…swagger like us”, out appeared the four gentlemen above. M.I.A.’s outfit was a bit out there, not my favorite, but I guess her style has always been out there that and add to the fact that she was due to give birth that very day.
* Paul McCartney featuring Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters on the drums. Performing The Beatles“I Saw Her Standing There”, but Ringo Starr was not to be found on stage.
* Radiohead performance with the USC Trojans Marching band backing, probably one of the better performances of the night for sure.
* T.I. and Justin Timberlake perform “Dead and Gone”
* The Grammys honor and remember Motown legendsThe Four Tops, doing a medley of songs were Smokie Robinson, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx and remaining member of The Four Tops,Duke Fakir.
* Jennifer Hudson wins Best R&B album of the year. That was teary-eyed moment for me. She deserved it!
* Song of the year went to Coldplay for their song “Viva La Vida”.
* Best Pop collaboration went to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. WTF!!
* Blink 182 members come out together to announce they’re coming back to do work as well as presenting the Best Rock album, which went to Coldplay.
* Best New Artist award went to Adele.
* In another “WTF?” moment, Record of the year went to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. On the real, it beat out some deep competition.
* Best Rap Album went to Lil Wayne for Tha Carter III. Good for him, competition was a bit tough, I’m a fan of all the artists that were nominated under that category.
“One of my favorite moments was seeing M.I.A. perform on stage with T.I., Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, and Jay-Z. I have to tell you that performance gave me the chills. I was waiting to see if M.I.A was going to stop her performance in the middle of it all and say she was in labor. As a mother myself, that performance was the best. She told E! news in an interview on the red carpet, that she was yet to know what the sex of her baby will be. I think it’s going to be a boy. What are your thoughts?”
Video Below: M I A, T I , Lil Wayne, Jay Z, & Kanye West Perform “Swagga Like Us” At The 51st Annual Grammy Awards
This week’s top ten singles according to Billboard are as follows…
1. Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’Donis – Just Dance
2. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
3. Kanye West – Heartless
4. T.I. featuring Rihanna – Live Your Life
5. Taylor Swift – Love Story
6. All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
7. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
8. Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
9. Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne – Let It Rock
10. Britney Spears – Circus
Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’Donis – Just Dance YouTube Video.
CBS says pop starTaylor Swift will appear on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Swift will play a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel and who undergoes personal changes that have tragic consequences. CBS didn’t announce the air date for the “CSI” episode.
The 19-year-old country crossover singer was 2008’s best-selling artist, with more than 4 million albums sold. Her sophomore effort, “Fearless,” debuted at No. 1 and includes the hit single“Love Story.”
“CSI,” which airs 9 p.m. EST Thursday, says goodbye this week to star William Petersen. Laurence Fishburne has joined the series as a new forensics investigator.