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MTV VMAs 2014: The Complete List Of Winners

Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and actress-singer Bette Midler co-hosted, Madonna gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.

A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).

Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout. More »

Unretouched Photos Of Mariah Carey’s ‘Wonderland’ Shoot With Terry Richardson Surface: Morning Mix

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:: Unretouched photos of Mariah Carey‘s Wonderland shoot possibly show that her jawline was thinned, breasts were augmented and her wrists thinned before publication. What may be just as offensive, though, is how these shots, to some, might reveal that Terry Richardson‘s trademark point-and-shoot style lends to shoddy photography. [Jezebel]

:: Speaking of Mariah, Arcade Fire violinist and arranger Owen Pallett has broken down exactly why listeners cannot resist her. “The truth about Mariah is this: her upper register is the musical equivalent of a black truffle. You could shave it on any shit and we’ll still order it.” [The Guardian]

:: Ed Sheeran tops BBC’s 1Xtra’s annual Power List. Given that 1Xtra bills itself as the “UK’s leading black music station,” listed grime pioneer Wiley has already taken issue with this choice. “Not taking anything away from ed ..he is sick . but black artist in england we are getting bumped,” he says. [SPIN]

:: Rick Ross assures fans that Meek Mill will release his sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money on time, despite him currently spending three to six months in prison for probation violation. A judge had ordered Meek Mill to cut back on scheduling shows, but the rapper refused. [MTV]

:: Clueless star-turned-Fox News contributor Stacey Dash criticized Kanye West‘s comparisons of dealing with the paparazzi to rape. Her comments make for surreal viewing, particularly since Dash starred in West’s 2004 “All Falls Down” video. []

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Coachella 2014: Kid Cudi & Nas Perform Star-Studded Sets, Arcade Fire Brings Out Fake Daft Punk

A week ago, Arcade Fire brought out Blondie‘s Debbie Harry to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.

Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”

Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.

Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »

Aaron Paul Crashed Arcade Fire’s Coachella Set And Nobody Noticed: Morning Mix

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:: Aaron Paul crashed Arcade Fire‘s Coachella set and nobody noticed. The Breaking Bad actor scuttled across the stage dressed as the pope — complete with a giant bobble head. He later posed for pics with Ellie Goulding. [Spin]

:: Dying to check out Jay Z‘s Made In America music festival but can’t afford to trek all the way to Philadelphia? Good news. Hov is bringing the event to Los Angeles, so you now have your choice of venue. [Billboard]

:: Kylie Minogue‘s outrageous “Sexercize” video starred a bunch of scantily clad women but out pop singer Mike Munich has turned the tables, recreating the opus with a bunch of buff dudes. It’s semi-NSFW so be careful where you watch it. [Same Same]

:: This is really sweet. Lorde finally got to meet George Brett, the baseball legend that inspired her career-making hit “Royals”. He had earlier sent her a signed jersey with the message “Lorde, you are a royal to me”. Aww. [Consequence Of Sound]

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Coachella 2014: Blondie’s Debbie Harry Joins Arcade Fire For “Heart Of Glass”: Watch

The (Inevitable) Sprawl Of Glass
“Cruise on, motherfuckers,” Blondie‘s Debbie Harry said at Coachella, while on stage during Arcade Fire‘s headlining set – one of the biggest surprises of the festival’s third day.

Harry joined the Montreal band on stage to duet with vocalist Regine Chassagne for Blondie’s 1978 hit “Heart of Glass,” then provide backup vocals for Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” off its 2010 LP The Suburbs. While Chassagne appeared intimidated by Harry at first, and Harry seemed unfamiliar with the lyrics to “Sprawl II,” the two were also clearly stoked to perform together. (“Debbie motherfucking Harry,” frontman Win Butler later said.) It’s a good thing too, because for Arcade Fire fans in particular, the match-up was inevitable.

When The Suburbs initially dropped, critics immediately compared “Sprawl II” to “Heart of Glass” while calling it an album highlight. Chicago duo The Hood Internet then released a mash-up called “Sprawl of Glass,” still years before. On their U.S. dates leading up to Coachella, Arcade Fire would cover “Heart of Glass” live. Watch Blondie and Arcade Fire team up at Coachella up top, then hear the Hood Internet’s mash-up and Arcade Fire’s live cover after the jump. More »

Glastonbury 2014 Lineup: Arcade Fire Headlines, With Lana Del Rey, Lily Allen, M.I.A. & More

The 2014 Glastonbury lineup has been announced, and the UK festival will be headlined by Arcade Fire, with a bunch of other rockers getting top billing, including Jack White, The Black Keys and Kasabian. But there are plenty of names to excite pop fans, including a host of leading ladies: Lana Del Rey is playing the fest after all, as are Lily Allen, M.I.A., Chvrches, Blondie, Kelis, Little DragonAngel Haze and newcomer Chloe Howl.

Ed Sheeran, Chromeo and Foster The People also made the cut, and there’s a nice helping of big-tent EDM acts, with Skrillex, Disclosure and Rudimental on the schedule.

Glastonbury takes place June 27-29. Check out the official flyer below to see the full lineup. More »

Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean: Morning Mix

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:: Chipotle has sued Frank Ocean for $212,500, plus additional damages for failing to record a song for a marketing campaign. Ocean’s legal team says he took issue with Chipotle’s logo being prominently displayed and felt he was told he’d have final approval of the ad. The ad eventually went to Fiona Apple. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton will co-host his year’s Country Music Awards on April 6. Bryan, Shelton, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Keith Urban are set to perform. [CBS]

:: Arcade Fire covered Prince‘s “Controversy” to kick off its encore at a Minneapolis concert on March 8. Halfway through its set, the band also performed “Rococo” with bits of Lady Gaga‘s “Do What U Want” and Black Eyed Peas‘ “I Gotta Feeling.” [Stereogum]

:: If it was up to Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she wouldn’t have given her TEDx talk on feminism. “My brother and my best friend had organized this thing and sort of bullied me into speaking,” she says. Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” now samples this speech. [The Huffington Post]

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Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ Is #1, Kelly Clarkson’s Holiday LP Debuts High On Album Chart

Arcade Fire follow up the previous #1 showing of 2010′s The Suburbs with another Billboard 200 chart topper, in the form of new LP Reflektor. The Canadian rockers’ fourth album, which was co-produced by DFA Records and LCD Soundsytem co-founder James Murphy, sold 140,000 copies in its first week, which was enough to bump Katy Perry‘s Prism (92,000) off the top spot.

Arcade Fire lead six overall new arrivals in the upper tier of the main album chart, which include Kelly Clarkson‘s holiday album Wrapped In Red at #3 (70,000) and Duck The Halls (#4, 69,000), the Christmas-themed offering from the cast of A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. If the latter winds up being the Michael Buble-sized holiday smash of 2013, it would not only be kind of amazing, but pretty much on par with the way pop has been going this year. More »

Pink Goes Pink In Preparation For New Album: Morning Mix

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:: Finally! Pink tweeted a picture of herself with faint pink hair saying: “Okay…. You know what that means!!!!!!!!!! NEW RECORD TIME!!!!!!!!!!” News of a sixth studio album from Pink? Sounds f**king perfect to us. [ONTD]

:: In other dye job news, it probably is easy being green if you’re a superstar like Pharrell Williams, who rocked emerald locks at Paris fashion week. [Rap-Up]

:: Chris Martin of Coldplay says he now regrets slapping Mylo Xyloto with such a confusing, nonsense title. (And we say if you can’t pronounce it, you’re just not trying hard enough.) No word yet on similar sentiments regarding his children named “Apple” and “Moses,” however. [Popdust]

:: Cheryl Cole is following in Rihanna and Ne-Yo’s dance-pop footsteps to become the latest artist to say “Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-ife?” to Calvin Harris. It’ll be the first single from her new album. [PunchBowl Blog]

:: Starving for some Katniss and Peeta action? Well, stave off your appetite for The Hunger Games with yet another tidbit from the soundtrack, the first new song from Arcade Fire since their Grammy win for The Suburbs. [EW]

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President Obama’s Campaign Playlist Includes No Doubt, Jennifer Hudson & Al Green

President Obama has shared his re-election campaign playlist — the songs that the he and his team will be playing to get pumped up on the campaign trail from now til November — and there’s no denying the President has eclectic tastes. Included on the list: No Doubt’s “Different People”, an album cut from their breakout album Tragic Kingdom; Obama’s fellow Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson, Wilco and The Impressions; and, of course, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”, a song we already knew the President was fond of. Check out all 24 songs after the jump. More »