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Gold Derby nuggets: 'The Fighter' trailer packs a punch | Mark Zuckerberg on 'The Social Network' | Sasha Stone: supporting actress race 'wide open'

October 18, 2010 |  2:44 pm

Mark Wahlberg Christian Bale The Fighter • For Kyle Buchanan, the trailer for "The Fighter," which debuted during Sunday's airing of "Mad Men," was a "wowser." He thinks this preview of the biopic starring Mark Wahlberg is expert at "reestablishing the movie as a highbrow awards pick in a two-minute spot so confident that a dessicated, transformative Christian Bale gets less screen time than Melissa Leo's amazing hair. (But what hair it is! Oscars now for that, please.)" VULTURE

Pete Hammond has all the details of the Oscar push for "Alice in Wonderland." As he reports, "this 6th biggest grosser of all time will start an unusual four-day theatrical engagement Sunday aimed squarely at attracting Academy members and Hollywood guilds. A full-page Sunday newspaper ad will launch the 3D run at the Arclight Hollywood and AMC Santa Monica from October 18th to 21st. The run will be accompanied by an exhibit of Colleen Atwood's costumes in the Arclight lobby." DEADLINE

Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) have fun sparring on their fourth Oscar podcast. OSCAR POKER

• Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") will deliver the keynote address at the academy's 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting presentation dinner Nov. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire. The academy annually awards up to five Nicholl fellowships of $30,000 each. This year, 10 scripts have advanced to the final round. Since the program's inception in 1985, 113 fellowships have been awarded. AMPAS

• Speaking at Stanford University on Saturday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed being the subject of "The Social Network." As Rachel Sklar reveals, "Says every shirt in the movie he still owns; he's been with the same girl since before FB launched; did not do it for the girls: 'They just can't wrap their head around the idea that someone would build something because they like building things!' " MEDIAITE

• Don't look for Zuckerberg in the audience when the cast of "The Social Network" is feted with the ensemble award at the Hollywood Awards Gala on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton. HFF

• For Guy Lodge, "admittedly, 11 out of 65 is a figure that is only impressive if you're counting the listenable tracks on most latter-day hip-hop albums, but as a measure of the number of Best Foreign Language Film contenders I've seen, it's more than I've ever managed by this early point in the race. For that, I have my growing trail of film festivals to thank (even if I also have Venice schedulers to blame for ensuring that I missed Canada's hot prospect 'Incendies' in favour of, of all things, 'Miral'), and this year's London Film Festival has served me particularly well in this regard." IN CONTENTION

From the Scream Awards, Matt Donnelly filed a dispatch, which opens as follows: "Though merely misty at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on Saturday, it was raining celebs for Spike TV's Scream Awards -- an annual celebration of creepy, cringe-worthy and fanboy fare. Backed by a massive outdoor set inspired by Christopher Nolan's 'Inception,' tons of bold-face names came to present and claim trophies as well as to unveil new footage from upcoming films. In a tiny gold cocktail dress, Halle Berry opened the show by introducing Nolan, who scooped up several statuettes for his Leonardo DiCaprio-led flick." MINISTRY OF GOSSIP

Sasha Stone surveys the field of potential supporting actress contenders and finds, "This is going to be a wide open category, I suspect, but by December we should have a better idea where it's going." AWARDS DAILY

Nathaniel Rogers concurs, commenting that, "the Supporting Actress Race is, as you've presumably surmised (being the smarty that you are) unpredictable at the moment. Almost everyone who people think might be in the running is an uncertainty." THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Rihanna will be the opening act for the 38th edition of the American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Nov. 21. That is five days after her new album "Loud" is released. Previously announced performers include Usher, Pink and Bon Jovi. RAP-UP

• Seven-time Emmy champ Ed Asner has inked a deal for a supporting role on "Working Class," the first sitcom from cablecaster CMT. As this report notes, "His return to TV follows recent successes for two fellow cast-mates from the legendary 'Mary Tyler Moore Show': Betty White on TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland' and Cloris Leachman on Fox's 'Raising Hope.'" AP

• Voting is now underway to determine the nominees for this year's People's Choice Awards. Fans can vote in 40 categories for their favorites in movies, TV and music. The top five nominees in each category will be announced on Nov. 9 and Queen Latifah will host the 37th annual kudocast on Jan. 5. PCA

Photo: Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in "The Fighter." Credit: Paramount

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Grammy predix for best record: Katy Perry or Train?

October 8, 2010 |  5:04 pm

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Now that we have David "Guru" Schnelwar's Grammy predictions for best record of the year to compare with the ones we already published from Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, it's curious to see the overlap. They agree on four of the five nominees, but Schnelwar opts for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" instead of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (Dortch's choice) in that last slot.

Below: Schnelwar's commentary and predix:

Eminem is no stranger to the record of the year category. He was previously nominated for "Without Me" (in 2002) and the Academy Award-winning "Lose Yourself" (in 2003). Eminem is likely to return for either his collaboration with Rihanna "Love the Way Yo Lie," which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, or his other No. 1 song "Not Afraid."

Carrying over from the last quarter of 2009 is "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. These songs stayed relevant throughout 2010 and are serious contenders for best record. It could be a battle between New York and California.  Katy Perry is trying to earn her first record of the year nomination for "California Gurls" with Snoop Dogg.

Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is a song that could have been nominated for a Grammy in the '70s, '80s or '90s. It is the type of song that Lionel Richie or Phil Collins could have made a hit and received a nomination.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
(Front-runners)
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

(Possible)
"Nothin' on You," B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars
"Airplanes," B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams
"Not Afraid," Eminem
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
"Telephone," Lady Gaga and Beyonce

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Poll: Was Chris Brown faking it at the BET Awards?

June 27, 2010 |  9:31 pm

When Chris Brown appeared to fall apart while attempting to perform Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" at the BET Awards, some observers wondered: Was Brown overcome with genuine grief for the loss of Jackson or was he staging a play for sympathy in the hope of being forgiven for beating up Rihanna?

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Or did his breakdown have nothing to do with Jackson or faking a ploy for sympathy? Was he really just overwhelmed that he was back singing legit again at a major industry event?

Chris Brown's performance at the BET Awards was his first major music gig in a long time. He was picked to perform because he's widely considered to be a protégé of Michael Jackson's and there was enormous curiosity over how he'd do — and be greeted by the audience — when he took the stage. If his career is truly over, he might not get a chance like this again to gain sympathetic attention.

After describing what Chris Brown did at the BET Awards, MTV.com solicited comments from readers. Quite a few posters wondered if he was play-acting. A poster named Kelli asked, "Was it for real, or was he trying to get attention for being softer? I'm sure he feels bad about Michael's death, but is he just trying to get away from the bad boy image with the crying thing?"


Photo: Chris Brown at BET Awards. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images.

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Shocker: 'Squeakquel' beats 'Twilight: New Moon' at Kids' Choice Awards

March 27, 2010 |  7:30 pm

The latest Kids' Choice Awards looked like a repeat of last year's show when several winners returned. For the second year in a row "iCarly" won favorite TV show, Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck") won fave TV actor and Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place") claimed the blimp for fave TV actress.

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The latter two wins were formidable because Dylan Sprouse beat the Jonas Brothers ("Jonas") and Gomez trounced Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"). However, Miley Cyrus rebounded to claim the kudos as fave film actress for her performance in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

The awards show was spiced up with music performances by Rihanna (dancing with "Transformer" robots) and Justin Bieber (a virtual baby himself crooning "Baby") plus tidal waves of the kudocast's celebrated green slime.

Among the guests who got slimed were Jerry Trainor ("iCarly"), Jackson Rathbone ("The Last Airbender") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno set a new slime world record by being catapulted into a vat of slime, and comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell received slimetime achievement awards.

The biggest surprise was that "Twilight Saga: New Moon" lost the prize for favorite movie to one of the worst-reviewed films of the year, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." The last chipmunks flick won the Kids' Choice Award as favorite film of 2007. The previous "Twilight" film wasn't nominated last year.

However, the latest "Twilight" flick rallied at this year's contest, with Taylor Lautner winning fave film star.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR: Taylor Lautner, "Twilight: New Moon"
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "iCarly"
FAVORITE TV ACTRESS: Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place")
FAVORITE TV ACTOR: Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck")
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS: Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie")
FAVORITE MALE ATHLETE: Ryan Sheckler
THE BIG HELP AWARD: Michelle Obama

Photo: 20th Century Fox

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Gold Derby nuggets: Details of Oscars telecast emerge | Taylor Swift and Rihanna dish Grammys

January 28, 2010 |  3:37 pm

Alec_baldwin_steve_martin_oscar_statues1Sandy Cohen dishes the Oscarcast with first-time producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman."The two men say they're a well-matched team. Mechanic is 'the true film historian and the insane fan,' Shankman says, 'and I'm a little bit more of the P.T. Barnum energy.' So what kind of film-focused circus magic are the two planning? The show will be funnier, shorter and more inclusive than past telecasts, Mechanic says. It'll feature not just nominated films but popular movies from throughout the year. Music and performance will be integrated in a way that's 'really spot-on,' Shankman says, and the newly expanded best-picture category will 'create some consistency' in the traditionally long telecast." AP

Claudia Puig attended last weekend's dance auditions for the Oscars and chatted with Shankman, who remembered, "'Twenty years ago I was auditioning for Paula Abdul in a room like this. My Oscar audition changed the direction of my career. So this is one long pinch-me moment.' And the night nearly changed the direction of another star's career. 'I remember it like it was right now,' Shankman says. 'I got thrown off stage and literally landed on Jessica Tandy. I almost killed her.' Shankman divulges only tantalizing whiffs of the Oscars show, traditionally shrouded in secrecy. 'There will be more dancers this year than last and probably more dance numbers,' he says. And for the first time, there will be hip-hop dancing. 'It's never been done before.'"USA TODAY

• Ratings for this year's Oscarcast should be boosted by the inclusion of box office champ "Avatar" to the mix. As this item notes, "The cumulative domestic box-office total for the five films nominated in 2008 -- the year of the lowest-rated Oscar broadcast in decades -- was less than the box-office haul of 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' alone, which won best picture in 2004, the last time Oscar viewership passed the 40 million mark. That rating, in turn, pales in comparison to the 57 million people who tuned in to see 'Titanic' take 11 Oscars in 1998. It’s a very simple equation: people are more likely to watch the Oscars if they’ve seen -- and, importantly, liked -- a movie that has a chance of winning. If they have a horse in the race." VANITY FAIR

• Our good pal Tariq Khan has compiled a comprehensive photo gallery detailing his predictions for nominations in the top categories at the Oscars. On the subject of the best picture slate, Tariq writes, "The top six on my list seem all but certain. After that the category is decidedly up in the air. 'Up' charmed children and adults alike with its superb animation and gentle storytelling, so it has a strong chance of being only the second film in the genre (after 'Beauty and the Beast') to be nominated for best picture. The alien invasion-themed 'District 9' has enthusiastic support from several technical branches of the Academy, and looks like a good bet to join 'Avatar' in the top ten despite the general bias against science fiction. The British romantic drama 'An Education' has been highly touted since its release last fall due to its fine acting ensemble. And finally, don’t count out 'The Hangover' for a possible best picture nod. It was the surprise smash of the summer and even the snootiest of critics loved it. At the Golden Globes earlier this year it defeated the more award-friendly 'Julie and Julia' and 'Nine' to claim best musical/comedy honors (something which I predicted, I might add). With the race so wide open, it just might make it in." FOX NEWS

2009-grammy-awards-nominees-imageSusan Hornik says when she "caught up with Taylor Swift at the Saks Fifth Avenue and EIF Unforgettable Evening gala in Beverly Hills last night, we wondered if she was nervous for the Grammy Awards this weekend. 'I get nervous about everything!' she exclaimed. 'I'm so excited about being nominated for eight Grammys. That kind of thought is sorta still unfathomable to me,' she continued, which is an unfathomable thought in itself -- with her track record of winning huge awards all year, another Taylorfest at an awards shows is practically expected at this point. 'Walking into the Grammys knowing I have eight chances to possibly win one. I've never won one Grammy before! So please wish me luck.'" NEW YORK

Grammy nominee Rihanna won't be bringing baseball player Matt Kemp to Sunday's cermony. " 'I'm going to the Grammys alone, as always!' she said today on 104.3 MY FM's Valentine in the Morning show in Los Angeles. 'Even when I was in a relationship, I always have gone alone.' " The nominee -- with Jay-Z and Kanye West -- for best rap/sung collaboration for "Run This Town" revealed "this was actually the first piece of music we did since the last Grammys. It's exciting that it's nominated. We cannot wait. We hope we bring home the bacon, but if not, it's great that it was nominated." US MAGAZINE

Scott Feinberg reviews the career of "The Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow, noting, "For the past 30 years, Bigelow has quietly but steadily carved a niche in the film industry: she is a female director who makes 'guy movies' -- particularly of the action, sci-fi, suspense, thriller, and/or war variety, with lots of shootouts and/or explosions -- as well as virtually any male, and for a lot less money. 'The Hurt Locker,' which is as intense as any movie this year and cost only $15 million to make, is the best example of this, but far from the first." Scott then recaps each of her eight feature films. AND THE WINNER IS

David Germain reports from Sundance on the success of the fest in launching awards caliber films. This year, "Precious" and "An Education" are strong contenders for Oscar nominations and could both be best picture contenders as were Sundance hits "In the Bedroom" and "Little Miss Sunshine." And, as David writes, " 'In the Bedroom' also earned acting nominations for Sissy Spacek, Marisa Tomei and Tom Wilkinson, while 'Little Miss Sunshine' won the supporting-actor Oscar for Alan Arkin and brought a supporting-actress nomination for Abigail Breslin. Other past films that made the leap from Sundance to the Oscars include 'You Can Count on Me' (best-actress nomination for Laura Linney); 'Hustle & Flow' (best-actor nomination for Terrence Howard); 'Half Nelson' (best-actor nomination for Ryan Gosling); and 'Junebug' (supporting-actress nomination for Amy Adams)." AP

Top photo: Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, hosts of the 82nd Academy Awards. Credit: ABC

Bottom photo: Grammy Award. Credit: NARAS

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Who'll nab bids for best record at the Grammys: Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas?

November 22, 2009 |  3:15 pm

Who'll nab Grammy bids for best record of the year when nominations are announced Dec. 2? Below, I square off with predix against our Grammy forum moderators David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch. Schnelwar was available for a video chat about this contest; we'll catch up with Dortch later via webcam. Meantime, his views are written below. All of us agree that top contenders include Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and U2.


(NOTE: Apologies for a bizarre scratching noise that can be heard here and there in the video. I don't know what it is!)




BEST RECORD Dortch O'Neil Schnelwar
"I Gotta Feeling,"  Black Eyed Peas

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"21 Guns," Green Day    

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"Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

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"Poker Face," Lady Gaga

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"Pretty Wings," Maxwell

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"Run This Town," Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West  

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"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

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RECORD OF THE YEAR: SCHNELWAR'S PREDIX
FRONT-RUNNERS
"I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
"21 Guns," Green Day
"Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

POSSIBLES
"Halo," Beyonce
"Run This Town," Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West
"Hot N Cold," Katy Perry
"Working on a Dream," Bruce Springsteen
"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight," U2


*****

RECORD OF THE YEAR: DORTCH'S PREDIX
FRONT-RUNNERS
"I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
"Use Somebody," Kings of Leon
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga
"Pretty Wings," Maxwell
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift
 
POSSIBLES
"Halo," Beyonce
"Blame It," Jamie Foxx
"You Found Me," The Fray
"21 Guns," Green Day
“Kids,” MGMT
“Fireflies,” Owl City
"Heartless," Kanye West
"Get on Your Boots," U2


"I Gotta Feeling" spent 14 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The last song that accomplished that feat, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," garnered a nod here. I think the BEPs are in, as is Lady Gaga, who is having a banner year.


The remaining nominees will be a mix of pop/rock and urban artists, though I have a sneaky suspicion NARAS will dig the more traditional sounds of Maxwell. Look for some surprising general-field love for him. Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon are safe bets here, but Owl City's No. 1 hit "Fireflies" is peaking right during Grammy voting, so watch out. Voter faves like U2, Kanye, Beyonce, etc., could show up here too.


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Who'll win MTV VMA for best video of 2009: Beyonce, Britney, Lady Gaga or Eminem?

September 9, 2009 |  9:16 am

Oh, yeah, Kanye West is also nominated for best video of the year at MTV's Video Music Awards, which will be bestowed on Sept. 13, but this is a VMA battle among Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Eminem.

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Kanye has never won. He was nominated for "Jesus Walks" in 2005 (losing to Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams") and for "Stronger" in 2007 (Rihanna clobbered him with her "Umbrella"). Of course, Rihanna also beat Beyonce ("Irreplaceable"), which was the latter's only other nomination in this category.

Eminem won this race twice: "Without Me" (2002) and "The Real Slim Shady" (2000). Britney won last year for "Piece of Me," but that was part of her industry-wide welcome-back-from-the crazy-house hug. Previously, she'd lost all 16 nominations in all MTV VMA categories.

There's a problem with looking back at past winners to predict who'll prevail this year. The voting process has changed radically through the years. Prior to 2006, winners were chosen by a hodgepodge of media hipsters tapped by MTV. Ballots were distributed willy-nilly among various folks like producers at E! Entertainment and VH1, etc. Then in 2006, all online voters got to decide.

Personally, I loved the outcome that year, but the victory by Panic! at the Disco ("I Write Sins Not Tragedies") was considered horribly, shockingly uncool, so voting was returned to hand-picked hipsters again in 2007 and 2008, but of a slightly different mix. This year democracy triumphs again as voting is being returned to the great unwashed.

A MTV rep explains to Gold Derby the latest voting process: "This year nominees were chosen by a voting academy which consists of label reps, management reps, press, production companies and a few talent 'tastemakers' plus 2,000 first-come, first-serve mtv.com account holders who signed up for mtv.com extras e-mails. Winners will be determined by the general public this year through voting on MTV.com and via mobile. The best new artist category will be open to the public and remain live into the show on Sept. 13."

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Miley Cyrus loses four times at the Kids' Choice Awards!

March 28, 2009 | 11:39 pm

The Kids' Choice Awards can be, granted, just as illogical as kids themselves, but a series of losses on Saturday night may suggest a trend: Are kids turning against Miley Cyrus? Oh, yeah — and Harry Potter too?

This year, Miley Cyrus led with the most nominations at the Kids' Choice Awards: three. Technically, she ended up losing twice, but really she got clobbered four times if you count the defeats of her TV show, "Hannah Montana," and film "Bolt." One personal nomination she lost was especially ominous because it was in a category she's dominated the previous two years: favorite TV actress. Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly") ended up pulling off a magic trick last night.

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Miley Cyrus did nab a separate prize that she also claimed in 2008 — favorite female singer — but that was an upset considering she prevailed over Rihanna, who was presumed to have a huge sympathy vote following her recent ordeal with Chris Brown (who withdrew his Kids' Choice nominations as public outrage put pressure on him to do so).

Miley Cyrus almost got booted out of the award races too. She ended up enduring despite triggering her own scandals as various new sets of photos kept surfacing, raising questions about her status as a teen role model. Maybe now it's clear why Miley Cyrus cried when she claimed her one, lonely orange blimp award last night. She wasn't putting on fake humility as she wept, "I really thought I was going to lose! So thank you, guys!"

"Hannah Montana" lost favorite TV show to "iCarly," which pulled off a jaw-dropping upset, and Miley's financially successful feature film, "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour" ($70 million worldwide), wasn't nominated for favorite movie.

That Kids' Choice Award for favorite film ended up going to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," which may not seem like a surprise, but, wait: It beat "The Dark Knight."

Speaking of movie upsets, the biggest at the Kids' Choice Awards this year was "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" beating "Wall-E," "Kung-Fu Panda" and even Miley Cyrus' "Bolt" (she performed the voice of "Penny" and co-wrote and performed the song "I Thought I Lost You"). Miley also lost the orange blimp for favorite voice from an animated movie, which went to Jack Black (Po, "Kung Fu Panda").

There was at least one shockeroo among the winners: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning out-pacing Olympic superstar Michael Phelps for fave male athlete (sunk by his own personal scandals?). And maybe it's no surprise that the "Twilight" book series wins anything, but its victory at the Kids' Choice Awards is notable because it beat the "Harry Potter" series!

Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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Chris Brown takes his name off Kids' Choice Awards ballot

March 11, 2009 | 11:40 am

Chris Brown has withdrawn from the upcoming Kids' Choice Awards. His representatives issued the following statement earlier today: "Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the honor they have paid him in the way of nominations for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the incident last month has shifted the focus from the music to whether he should be allowed to be among those nominated. While Chris would like to speak to his fans directly about this and other issues, pending legal proceedings preclude his doing so at this time. Once the matter before him has been resolved, he intends to do so."

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This surprise decision comes just a day after awards organizer Nickelodeon said it would not remove his name from the ballot despite growing pressure to do so following an alleged incident with Rihanna last month. As per Tuesday's Associated Press report, Nickelodeon spokesman Dan Martinsen said, "Like all our KCA nominees, Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his body of work as a performer, and the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category."

Voting for these awards began at the official website on March 2. Chris Brown was in the running for the third year in a row as favorite male singer. He won the award last year after losing to Justin Timberlake in 2007. This year he was competing with 2006 winner Jesse McCartney, Kid Rock and T-Pain.

He was also a nominee for favorite song, as his No. 1 single "Kiss Kiss" went up against tracks by Beyonce ("Single Ladies"), Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl") and Rihanna, who contends with "Don't Stop the Music."

Rihanna is also competing for the first time as favorite female singer at the Kids' Choice Awards against last year's champ, Miley Cyrus, 2007 winner Beyonce and three-time nominee Alicia Keys.

There is no word as to whether Rihanna will be attending the March 28 ceremony, which will be telecast live on Nickelodeon and hosted by Dwayne Johnson. Both she and Brown skipped the NAACP Image Awards, which came only five days after the Grammy-eve incident that catapulted them into the headlines. At the Image Awards, Brown lost the male vocalist prize to Jamie Foxx and Rihanna was bested by Beyonce for female vocalist.

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Photo: Nickelodeon

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Would a Rihanna-Chris Brown duet be a winning combination?

March 10, 2009 |  4:39 pm

Rihanna and Chris Brown are reported by E News to be recording a duet together this week. How will the public and the music industry respond to this collaboration?

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Before this latest revelation, Rihanna was on track to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music business. She had already racked up nine Grammy nominations in just two years. Public sympathy was with her for the most part. She was being counseled via the airwaves by Oprah Winfrey while her mentor Jay-Z was said to be arranging a meeting for her with abuse survivor Tina Turner.

Chris Brown remains at risk of losing his carefully cultivated image as a teen idol. His core fans are young girls who swoon over his boy-next-door good looks and charm. Indeed, he is contending for the third year in a row as favorite male singer at the the upcoming Kids' Choice Awards. He won the award last year after losing to Justin Timberlake in 2007. This year he contends against 2006 winner Jesse McCartney, Kid Roc, and T-Pain.

Voting began at the official website last Monday, March 2. A day later, Chris Brown's MySpace page included a plea to his fans to vote for him. He is also a nominee for favorite song, as his No. 1 single "Kiss Kiss" goes up against tracks by Beyonce ("Single Ladies"), Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl") and Rihanna, who contends with "Don't Stop the Music."

Rihanna is also competing for the first time as favorite female singer at the Kids' Choice Awards against last year's champ Miley Cyrus, 2007 winner Beyonce, and three-time nominee Alicia Keys. However, her MySpace page makes no reference to the ongoing online voting.

There is no word as to whether either Chris Brown or Rihanna will attend the March 28 ceremony, which will be telecast live on Nickelodeon and hosted by Dwayne Johnson. However, if this latest report is true, it would not be surprising if they did appear together. They both skipped the NAACP Image Awards, which came only five days after the Grammy-eve incident that catapulted them into the headlines. At the Image Awards, Chris Brown lost the male vocalist prize to Jamie Foxx and Rihanna was bested by Beyonce for female vocalist.

The pair faced off against each other at the two most recent Grammy Awards. Last year, Rihanna and Jay-Z won the best rap/sung collaboration for "Umbrella" over, among others, Chris Brown and T-Pain for "Kiss Kiss." This year, they competed against each other for the pop vocal collaboration Grammy. Brown and Jordin Sparks were nominated for "No Air" while Rihanna and Maroon 5 were up for "If I Never See Your Face Again." Both duos lost to the night's big winners Robert Plant and Allison Kraus for "Rich Woman."

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Chris Brown wants your vote for the Kids' Choice Awards

March 7, 2009 | 10:42 am

The current PR problems that Chris Brown is experiencing over his alleged smackdown with Rihanna apparently aren't stifling his drive to win Kids' Choice Awards on March 28.

At his MySpace page, there's a plea for fans to vote for Brown in two top races — favorite song, in which he's nominated opposite Rihanna — and favorite male singer. The request for support was posted one day after online voting commenced Monday.

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In the face-off for best song, Chris Brown competes with his No. 1 single "Kiss Kiss" opposite Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." In the race for favorite male singer — a prize he won last year — Brown squares off against his "Kiss Kiss" collaborator T-Pain, 2006 winner Jesse McCartney and Kid Rock. Brown also competed in the category in 2007, but lost to Justin Timberlake.

Rihanna is nominated for favorite female singer for the first time, taking on last year's champ Miley Cyrus, 2007 winner Beyonce and three-time nominee Alicia Keys.

The Kids' Choice Awards will not mark the first time that Brown and Rihanna have been rivals in the same category. Last year Rihanna and Jay-Z ("Umbrella") beat Chris Brown and T-Pain ("Kiss Kiss") at the Grammys for best rap/sung collaboration.

At this year's Grammys, they both contended in the pop vocal collaboration category. Brown and Jordin Sparks were nominated for "No Air" while Rihanna and Maroon 5 were up for "If I Never See Your Face Again." They lost to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ("Rich Woman").

There is no word on whether either Brown or Rihanna will attend the Kids' Choice Awards, which will be telecast live on Nickelodeon and hosted by "The Rock," Dwayne Johnson. They both skipped the NAACP Image Awards, which came only five days after the Grammy-eve incident that catapulted them into the headlines. At the Image Awards,  Brown lost the male vocalist prize to Jamie Foxx, and Rihanna was bested by Beyonce for female vocalist.

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Can Rihanna and Chris Brown save their careers?

March 6, 2009 |  9:04 pm

After all of the scandal surrounding their alleged smackdown, Rihanna should be able to rebuild her career and even rise to new heights if she handles everything properly ahead. As for Chris Brown... Well, it's not likely that he'll ever again be the exalted pop idol he was just weeks ago.

A good role model for Rihanna might be Tina Turner, who may soon offer Rihanna advice if reports are true that Rihanna's mentor, Jay-Z, is planning a private meeting. Tina Turner knows a lot about suffering physical abuse from a lover. Her husband Ike frequently beat her with shoe stretchers, telephones and coat hangers, she said, resulting in facial bruises and broken bones that she had to cover up with heavy makeup before stepping on stage to perform. Finally, on Independence Day 1976, Tina Turner broke loose, and with only 36 cents and a gas station credit card in her pocket, she started a new life and solo career that took her to dizzying heights.

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By the mid-1980s, Tina Turner reigned as America's biggest female rocker after pulling off what Variety hailed as "one of the most dramatic comebacks in music history." "Private Dancer" spent 71 weeks on the album charts and spun off three hot hits: "Better Be Good to Me," "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Private Dancer."

At the Grammys held in 1985, "What's Love Got to Do with It" won best record and song and "Private Dancer" was nominated for best album. Three of its wins were personal triumphs for Turner: record of the year and best female pop and rock vocal performances.

As she held the record of the year trophy in her grasp before the Grammy crowd at the Shrine Auditorium, Tina Turner beamed: "I've waited so long for this!"

Rihanna has already proved that she's serious Grammy stuff. Her and Jay-Z's collaboration "Umbrella" was nominated for best record last year and it won best rap/sung collaboration.

Now, if she dumps Chris Brown and asserts herself like Tina Turner did, can she bag the top Grammy win too?

Chris Brown has never won a Grammy. The highest category he's reached with a nomination was best new artist, which he lost to Carrie Underwood. His other few bids were in the R&B slots.

Thuggish music artists such as Snoop Dog, 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. haven't won a Grammy, so Chris Brown needs to clean up his act in order to prevail. But even if he pulls off the cleanup, he's already given his career a bruiser that will probably never heal. Chris Brown's core fans are swooning teen gals who bought the marketers' image of him as a dreamy, dimpled crooner of lyrics such as "I'm into you / and, girl, no one else / would do / 'cause with every kiss and every hug / you make me fall in love" ("With You"). In music videos he came across as just the kind of golly-gee-whiz boy who girls could dominate in an ideal romantic relationship.

Now that his fans find out who seems to insist on domination in Chris Brown's relationships — and how he dominates — he's no doubt popped that fantasy bubble.

Photo credits: Wire Image (left) and Capitol Records

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