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Three-time loser Kanye West gripes about who won Grammy's top prize

October 21, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Kanye West Disses Grammys newsKanye West just can't resist slamming awards when he thinks they made a wrong choice. Didn't he get into enough trouble interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards to complain that Beyonce should've won?

Now he's blasting the Grammys over recent picks for best album, including Taylor Swift's victory. "Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect, that's inaccurate," Kanye told Access Hollywood. "Where's our instant replay clock?"

Instead, he believes voters should've picked top-selling discs: "It's like 'SexyBack' -- you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] 'FutureSex/LoveSounds,' Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher -- 'Confessions'? How about albums that sold 10 million?"

"I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us," he added. "Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They're also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA, so these people, whoever run them ... they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we're marking it down."

Could his real gripe be sour grapes? Curiously, he's picking on the prize for best album, which he's lost three times. His "Graduation" got skunked by Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" in 2007. U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" demolished his "Late Registration" in 2005. In 2004, his "The College Drop-Out" lost to Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company."

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Did Taylor Swift outshine Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards? [Poll]

September 13, 2010 | 10:16 am

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Taylor Swift took subtle aim at Kanye West in her new song, "Stealing Innocence," which she performed during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Her performance began with the footage from last year's edition of these kudos, when West stormed the stage while Swift was accepting her VMA for best female video to protest that Beyonce should have prevailed for "Single Ladies."

Swift was given the chance to wreak her revenge on West at this year's MTV VMAs, but she chose to take the high road, making only an oblique reference to the rapper in her lyrics for this new ditty: "Life is a tough road, 32 and still growing up." West turned 33 on June 8. Rather, she warbled: "Everyone one of us has messed up too." And she sang: "It's all right, just wait and see. Your string of lights is still bright to me. You're still an innocent."

For Jennifer Armstrong of EW.com, Swift "looked gorgeous, as she is wont to do, but, um, the actual song was a pretty opaque." And our Pop & Hiss blogger Todd Martens was less than impressed with the song, grading it a "D" and saying, "Swift can dispense advice and bestow forgiveness, but she still has a ways to go as an artist." Martens gave a rave to West, who closed out the kudocast with his own take on the controversy. Almost half of the nearly 4,000 votes cast so far in our poll judged him to be a jerk for this performance.  

Was Swift right or wrong to even address the issue? Would she have been better off had she sung a different track from her forthcoming album, "Speak Now," and forever held her peace?

Photo: Taylor Swift performing during the 2010 MTV VMAs. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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Poll: Did Kanye West redeem himself at the MTV Video Music Awards?

September 13, 2010 |  6:26 am
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When Kanye West took the stage at the end of the MTV Video Music Awards, everybody expected him to perform a heartfelt apology to Taylor Swift for ruining her MTV VMA victory last year. Instead, he crooned about what a jerk he was and even boasted about it. It was such a shocking performance that it made you wonder: Was it a work of bad-boy genius? Or just bad taste?

Our Pop & Hiss blogger Todd Martens gives it high marks as a work of music: "Much of the chorus of this new song isn't printable here, but West's latest is a statement of defiance, imploring listeners to have a toast 'for the scumbags,' among many other mess-ups. It's a song about celebrating the imperfections, and at the VMAs, it was kind of perfect. A+."

EW.com hailed it as "a complete victory, addressing his character flaws and acknowledging public opinion without relinquishing any of his power."

The MTV VMA crowd sure loved it. They jumped to their feet, cheering "Kanye! Kanye! Kanye!"

Or were they crazy? Do you think they should have jeered him instead?

After Kanye crashed Taylor's acceptance speech last year, roaring that Beyoncé should have won instead, he issued a bizarre apology, all in capital letters, at his Twitter account that seemed sincere but also suggested that he hadn't learned his lesson: "I’M IN THE WRONG FOR GOING ON STAGE AND TAKING AWAY FROM HER MOMENT! … BEYONCE’S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE! … I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT … WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!! EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!"

Do you believe that Kanye has ultimately redeemed himself? Or did he prove that he is a jerk and should be treated as such?

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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Poll: Will Chelsea Handler flourish or flop as MTV VMAs host?

August 19, 2010 | 11:08 am

ChelseaLately Chelsea Handler has been tapped to host the 27th annual edition of the MTV VMAs on Sept. 12. The tart-tongued comic has charmed viewers and guests with her irreverent style as host of "Chelsea Lately" on the E! network for the last three years. She made the announcement on Wednesday night's edition of the late-night talker.

Handler will be only the second woman to emcee these free-wheeling kudos single-handed. Handler's humor hews more closely to the flash of Bette Midler, who co-hosted the first MTV VMAs with Dan Aykroyd back in 1984, than the trash of Roseanne Barr, who was solo host a decade later.

Balmy Brit Russell Brand presided over the awards for the last two years. In 2008, he paired up with Britney Spears for a series of promos that brought 23 million viewers to the cumulative airings of the kudocast. Last year's festivities made news when Kanye West stormed the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting the best female video award to insist that Beyonce should have won.

West is back on the guest list this year, a fact that MTV referred to when making the announcement of Handler as host: "There were three important criteria that any candidate had to meet:

1. The candidate must be funny, engaging, and have great stage presence.
2. The candidate must be able to tell jokes so scandalous that they could actually cause someone's grandma to spontaneously catch fire.
3. The candidate must be able to take down Kanye in under 3 seconds if he starts rushing the stage to perpetrate a rehash of last year's tomfoolery."

At some point in the show -- which airs live on MTV from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre -- West will be allowed onstage to perform and/or present. Both West and Swift are nominees this year: he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." Lady Gaga leads with a record 13 nominations.

At 35, Handler knows she is not part of the usual MTV demographic. As the sassy wag said in a statement, "This has been a huge year for hip-hop and rap, and it is well-known that I have the closest ties with these communities musically and sexually. I am to rap and hippity-hop what Warren Buffet is to finance, minus the sex."

Photo: "Chelsea Lately" promotional poster. Credit: E! Network

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Gold Derby nuggets: Uh oh! Kanye West returning to VMAs | Emmy bits and bites | 'Avatar' adds love scene for re-release

August 12, 2010 |  1:42 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift Beyonce MTV VMAKanye West will be back onstage at this year's MTV VMAs, which air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 12. This time around he will be welcomed as a performer. Last year, he set tongues wagging when he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted the best female video award to say that Beyonce should have won. Both West and Swift are nominees this year — he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." In making the announcement, MTV said West will "be making his triumphant return to the VMAs" and noted  "Kanye has appeared at every VMA show since 2004, winning Best Male Video in 2005 (for 'Jesus Walks'), and Best Special Effects in 2008 ('Good Life')." West has a new album out in the fall and just debuted a new single with Beyonce called "See It Now." MTV

• Kanye should be happy to hear that Katie Hasty — who handicaps eight of the top races at the upcoming MTV VMAs — thinks that "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and featuring Beyonce will win video of the year: "It's rare to not only feature two of the biggest global pop stars into one video, but for them to interact as they do, in the non-stop wacky format that they do. While I personally find the clip to be one, long hot mess, I doubt any of  its shortcomings will keep folks from voting on it." HIT FIX

Steve Pond details the details of the upcoming Creative Arts portion of the Primetime Emmys, including this tidbit that, "the teams presenting awards will include Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy (“Glee”), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips (“Dexter”), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men'), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelhof (“Lost”) and Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”)." As Steve notes, these kudos, "will hand out awards in more than 70 categories. The show will take place at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, August 21, and an edited version will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27."  THE WRAP

Primetime Emmy Poster • Current Emmy nominee and reigning drama supporting actor champ Michael Emerson talks about his time on "Lost" including the 12-minute epilogue that will feature on the final season DVD boxed set. He told Whitney Matheson, "I really like it. I was delighted when I found out I had one of the primary roles in it. I think I was as excited to shoot that as I was to shoot the finale of the series." As for his Emmy hopes: "You never know. But there are so many good actors in that category that haven't yet been given the award. It just seems like they should spread it around." USA TODAY

Supporting drama actress contender Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") chats with Ray Richmond about, among other things, landing her first Emmy nomination: "It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining." DEADLINE

• Not surprisingly, Hollywood rewards all things young, including TV series as Randee Dawn discovers when considering the Emmy nominees for top drama. "A show should be young and complicated if it wants a berth in the top six. The eldest in this year's drama series lineup, 'Lost,' is also the only show that won't be back next year, and it's hardly old at six seasons. Not one of the other nominated drama series ('Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter,' 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife') has more than four seasons under its belt." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Eight nominees from seven countries are competing for the news and current affairs awards to be handed out by the International Emmys in New York on Sept. 27. Contending for the current affairs Emmy are: "Dispatches" (United Kingdom),  "Enquete" (Radio Canada), "Telenoche" (Argentina) and "Tuesday Report" (Hong Kong). Up for the news prize are Al Jazeera English (Qatar), Sky News (United Kingdom), RT Channel (Russia) and TV Globo (Brazil) CBC

Avatar Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana • Had the original version of "Avatar" included the love scene in the nine minutes added for the upcoming re-release, would that have swayed Oscar voters? When asked about what audiences can expect Aug. 27, writer-director James Cameron said, "It's been restored, every last frame of it. Seriously," adding that the scene in question won't break any records — it lasts all of about 20 seconds. "I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations," he explained carefully, "it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it." MTV

• Oscar and Tony champ Marcia Gay Harden could well be contending again next year for that Emmy she needs to complete the acting triple crown. As William Keck reports, "Harden who received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance as Federal Agent Dana Lewis on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU'  is making a return visit to mean Manhattan streets. Last seen in the eighth season premiere, Dana will return in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season." TV GUIDE

Upper photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: MTV.

Middle photo: Emmy Awards poster. Credit: NBC

Lower photo: "Avatar" promotion still. Credit: Fox.

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Gold Derby nuggets: BET Awards welcome Kanye West | Tons of Tonys updates

June 10, 2010 |  2:26 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift BET MTV VMAs •  Kanye West is set to appear on the BET Awards, which air live on the cable network June 27. The rapper is contending for video of the year ("Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Rihanna) and best collaboration ("Forever" with Lil Wayne and Eminem). West made waves last year with his outburst at the MTV VMAs. The ripple effect of his intrusion on Taylor Swift's win as for best female video included the cancellation of his tour with Lady Gaga. Queen Latifah will be hosting the 10th anniversary edition of the BET Awards at which Jay-Z leads with five nominations. Also returning to the limelight will be rapper T.I. in his first TV appearance since leaving jail. Other performers include Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and Diddy-Dirty Money. BET

• The Science and Technology Council of the motion picture academy has chosen five college students for a summer intern program that will place them with companies at the forefront of film technology, such as Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar. Along with the work experience, the students will each receive a $4,000 stipend from the academy. AMPAS

Sasha Stone has compiled a gallery of photos taken from the "True Grit" set in Austin. As Sasha says, this Coen brothers remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne his only Oscar is "one of the most anticipated" movies of the year. Taking on the iconic role of the aging gunslinger is the newest Academy Award lead actor winner Jeff Bridges. AWARDS DAILY

• The golden anniversary of the Rose d'Or festival celebrating the best of global television takes place in September in Lucerne, Switzerland. As part of the festivities, awards will be handed out on Sept. 22. British fare — which does so well with the International Emmys — also dominates these awards, 48 of the 110 programs nominated are from Britain. For example, nine of the 13 comedies in contention are British. The breakdown of the rest of nominees is: Argentina (3), Australia (4), Belgium (2), Canada (7), Denmark (2), Egypt (1), Finland (2), France (2), Germany (9), Israel (2), Netherlands (6), Norway (3), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Qatar (1), South Africa (2), South Korea (2), Spain (5), Switzerland (3), the United Arab Emirates (1), and USA (3).  THE STAGE

Tony Awards staute • The two Tony Awards winners for their featured performances in musicals last year — Gregory Jbara ("Billy Elliot") and Karen Olivo ("West Side Story") — will be back on stage at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night. The pair have been tapped to preside over the creative arts segment of the Tony telecast this year. Fifteen awards will be handed out during this first hour of these top theater honors and will be available as a webcast. TONY AWARDS

• Last year Constantine Maroulis was in the audience at the Tony Awards as a lead actor nominee for his performance in the musical "Rock of Ages" — he lost to the three boys who shared the title role in "Billy Elliot." This year, he will be hosting the simulcast screening of the kudos on one of the giant screens in Times Square. Among the promised highlights will be an appearance by former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams who recently wowed in the Broadway production of "Chicago." TONY AWARDS

Neil Patrick Harris chatted with Mark Malin about emceeing both last year's Tonys and Emmys. "Hosting gigs are fantastically arbitrary because you don't make calls and angle and position and try to get the job. You just suddenly get a call, 'Hey, do you want to host the Tonys?' It's an amazing call to get and how can you say no to something like that. So if more comes in the future that would be awesome but I certainly have no big master plan." E ONLINE

• Tony contender "American Idiot" has been chosen by Actors' Equity as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2009-2010 season. The award — which "honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre" -- will be presented during a reception at the union's headquarter on June 15. PLAYBILL 

Top photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: Getty Images.

Bottom photo: Tony Awards statue. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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MTV VMA poll: Do you think Kanye West's latest apologies are sincere?

September 15, 2009 |  9:37 am

Soon after Kanye West apologized the first time for ruining Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, we polled readers to ask if they believed his remorse was sincere.

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Out of 12,000 responses, 7,000 (58%) replied, "It's a fake apology. Secretly, Kanye has no regrets and digs the infamous attention he's getting now."

After Kanye apologized the first time, he yanked it from his website, leading many people to believe that he didn't really feel regret. But then he posted a new apology.

Last night he added more mea culpa to Jay Leno: "It's been extremely difficult ... just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist. I only wanted to help people. My entire life I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong, that it wasn't a spectacle ... . It was actually someone's emotions that I stepped on. It was just rude — period. I'd like to be able to apologize in person .... I need to, after this, take the time off to analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. If there's anything I can do to help Taylor in the future — or help anyone — I'd like to."

Vote in our poll below plus give us your thoughts in these other polls too: Do you think Kanye West will ever win another MTV VMA? Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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Poll: Do you think Kanye West will ever win another MTV VMA?

September 15, 2009 |  6:48 am
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OK, now that Kanye West has apologized on national TV (Jay Leno's new NBC show) and at his website (twice) for spoiling Taylor Swift's first-ever victory at the MTV Video Music Awards, do you think Kanye will ever win a VMA in the future?

Kanye had his first and only victory back in 2005 when he triumphed for best male video for "Jesus Walks." Otherwise, he lost 13 times, including three defeats this year. "Love Lockdown" lost best video of the year to Beyonce ("Single Ladies, Put a Ring on It"), best male video to T.I. ("Live Your Life") and best hip hop video to Eminem ("We Made You").

Remember, the MTV VMAs have a new voting system in place that empowers visitors to MTV.com to choose who wins. That means average folks like you and me. That means the general public will have to forgive Kanye for his childish tantrum. Hmmmm.

Vote in our poll below plus give us you thoughts in these other polls too: Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales? Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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MTV VMA poll: Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere?

September 14, 2009 | 11:20 am

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According to MSNBC.com, Kanye West addressed the fiasco he staged last night at the MTV Video Music Awards by writing the following — in all capital letters — at his blog soon after the show: "I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD'VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED!"

Apparently, the apology was yanked from his blog later. It's not there now, as of 2 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, but other news sources reported that it appeared there too.

Assuming that Kanye has not retracted his apology, what should we think of it? Do you believe Kanye was sincere?

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Poll: Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

September 14, 2009 |  9:31 am

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Can it be a coincidence that Kanye West had an outrageous meltdown on the MTV Video Music Awards just one night before he will appear on the first episode of Jay Leno's highly anticipated new prime-time show on NBC?

And do you think Kanye will offer a heartfelt, sincere apology to Taylor Swift when dishing the MTV VMA fiasco with Jay? Or a snarky, doesn't-really-mean-it kind of apology? Kanye can't avoid talking about the incident and addressing the widespread outrage over his bad manners.

Kanye usually remains defiant and seldom apologizes for anything. He likes being a bad boy, relishes in the attention he gets for it. But maybe things are different this time?

UPDATE, SEPT. 14: Apparently, Kanye issued an apology, but then yanked it from his blog. Vote in our other polls: Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales?

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Poll: Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales?

September 14, 2009 |  6:28 am

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When Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's triumphant moment at the MTV Video Music Awards — let's be honest: it wasn't the first time that he acted like a baffoon/ jerk/ brat at a major kudosbash and got away with it. (Read about some other past fiascos here.) But it hasn't hurt Kanye's superstar status, record sales or ability to fill up concert seats.

But maybe this time is different? We got to see the wounded, sweet face of his victim, Taylor Swift, and observe how embarrassed Beyonce rallied to support her. (Relive the details of the tragedy here.)

After voting in our poll below, give us your opinions by responding to these polls too: Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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Did Kanye West have a 'sippy sippy' before ruining Taylor Swift's MTV VMA victory?

September 13, 2009 | 10:45 pm

It sure took a lot of guts and nerve for Kanye West to ruin the big victory by Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Read the full story here.) Maybe Kanye had some liquid courage to help juice the mischief?

Check out the photo of Kanye below that's from The Envelope's photo gallery. He's pictured prior to the kudofest on the red carpet clutching Amber Rose on one side and a bottle of Hennessy cognac on the other.

If booze played a role in this MTV awards fiasco, it wouldn't be the first time for Kanye. Soon after he disrupted the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2006 to decry losing a trophy to Justice and Simian ("We Are Your Friends"), he admitted to reporters, "I had a little sippy sippy" before the show. He admitted that, after the show, he planned to do "a little more sippy sippy."

Do you think this fiasco will affect Kanye's music sales with fans? Vote in our poll here.

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