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MTV Video Music Awards: highlights, low points and backstage drama

September 9, 2008 | 10:27 am

"After winning three Moonmen, including video of the year, Britney Spears got cold feet before she met the press," Reuters reported on what took place backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. "She peeked into the media room with personal assistants and camera crew in tow, then promptly turned around and left."

However, then Britney was "whisked into a photo-only area where no pesky questions could be asked," adds Marc Malkin of E! Online. "Who could blame her for that?"

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Have you seen all of the L.A. Times' extensive coverage?

Denise Martin reported on "bubbly flowing for audience members . . . Michael Phelps upstaging the Jonas Brothers and Chris Brown busting a move in the aisle for Lil Wayne." READ MORE

Ann Powers ruminates on MTV's use on various venues at Paramount studios where "the gimmick at this most unrepentantly contrived of awards shows was to play up the artifice of the screen image, whether of the blockbuster film variety." That included using sets and crowds for "live music videos (that) did make for better musical highlights than the show had in the past few years. The night's producers chose well in tapping talents who could handle the distractions of quick-changing sets. Nobody fell down, and the music wasn't completely swallowed by the special effects . . . . What viewers witnessed every time Britney took the stage (or appeared in an MTV promotional skit, like the dull one that preceded her opening the program) was not only an expensively refurbished body in a laudably tasteful silver dress, but the relaunching of a brand." READ MORE

In one of our photo galleries, we score the night's high and low points while inviting our readers to pipe in with their letter grades too. Todd Martens gives Britney's appearance a F, which differs from the view of our readers. About 65% give Britney an A. READ MORE AND CAST YOUR VOTE!

In another photo gallery, the Dish Rag blogger Elizabeth Snead says, "Zac Efron looks just as hot without those trendy boy bangs. With his hair swept back into a proper Hollywood hunk 'do, we get to see more of his eyes and his eerily well-shaped brows. You don't think? Nah." SEE AND READ MORE

Oh, yeah, and for a complete list of nominees and winners, CLICK HERE.

Photos: WireImage

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Great event to enjoy and watch the performers with enjoying the rocking music.

I frekin love britney spears she so deserved all thoes awards

Britney "Beared"? She did WHAT? Is that a new hipsterism I am not familiar with?

If Brtney did anything at all, she did the only thing she knows how to do... She BARED.

Next time, ask Patt The Hat to proofread for you, youngster.

the retarded cowboy fella affects the entire world, not just the USA. Since he can't vote, and since a vast majority of the world agree with him, it was his opportunity to do something positive for the entire world.

Ulta,

Okay, Grandpa, welcome to your nightmare. Mr. British Dude is the smartest, quickest of the new kids on the block. If I am reading him right, he welcomes your kicks and scorn. You sound SO old.

I LOVE YOU BRITNEY SPEARS!!! NO MATTER WHAT THOSE BITCHES TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE AN ADDICT, I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR NUMBER 1 (NUMERO UNO) FAN IN THE WORLD!! THOSE PEOPLE WHOS TELLING YOU BAD THINGS THEY ARE BITCHES!!! THEYRE THE ONES WHO ARE ADDICT NOT YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRIT!! YOUR MY KIND'A GIRL!!! I LOVE YAH!!!!

We hate you Britney!!!

HEY MIKE ARE YOU BLIND SHE FREAKING HOT

we love u britney for ever

These awards havent been relevant for a decade...

she nasty. get the attention off this crack addict already.

The opening by not so funny, disrespectful British dude was terrible. I don't care what someones political views are but to use the VMA show to call the President of the United States the "retarded cowboy fella" is awful. Did anyone from VMA preview his introduction, or were they too worried about what after party they were going to attend.

When was this flash in the pan pop icon appointed to speak on behalf of the world about who the US should elect as President.

Upon hearing this crap in addition to using S. Palin daughter and fiance as material for his shock value pre- marital sex jokes, we tuned out the VMA awards.

Good to see Britney back in form.


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