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
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 »
Unlike his movie-esque video for “Climax,” Usher
went back to the party scene with the help of the Argentinian Broadway show, Fuerza Bruta
for the video for his second single off Looking 4 Myself
, “Scream.” Considering it’s heavy bass that laces many of Usher’s club tracks, it only makes sense for him to create that vibe in this video. More »
Sometimes the best music comes from the most unexpected places. Throughout pop history, music acts have teamed up on remixes, side projects and duets that have left us both pleased and perplexed (take Nicki Minaj
and Britney Spears
‘ “Till The World End” and Danger Mouse
and Cee Lo Green
‘s brainchild, Gnarls Barkley
for example). So we got to thinking about other pop star pair-ups that would go well together — even if only in name. And since we love a good pun just as much as we love pop music, we present to you: 10 Imagined Pop Star Mashups.
Not content to revolutionize the music video space in present day, OK Go
have re-released their 2010 video “White Knuckles
” retrofit with a few high-tech bells and whistles. The original clip — a one-shot cut that featured the choreographic talents of the band and some furry four-legged friends — was shot in both 2D and eye-popping 3D. The 3D version was rolled out in a system update for the Nintendo 3DS in early 2011 and was available on the portable video game system for a limited time. The band made the version available for 3D-optional viewing on their YouTube channel
on Thursday (Apr. 12). But don’t worry, James Cameron: These aren’t Oscar-worthy effects. Instead, grab your red-and-blue shades and watch it above.
OK Go never cease to amaze us. First they were jumping on treadmills, then they became dog trainers, and now they’ve turned a car into an instrument. They took us behind the scenes to see how they put together the mile-and-a-half long course featured in their “Needing/Getting” video (and Chevy Sonic Super Bowl commercial cameo). See how it all came together after the jump. More »
For their incredible video for “Needing/Getting”, OK Go have initiated a new member into the band — a Chevy Sonic. The infinitely creative
foursome — still rockin’ those primary colors!
— teamed up with Chevrolet for their newest clip, which features over 1,000 instruments (288 guitars, 55 pianos, and 1,157 homemade instruments) set up over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. And who (or should we say, what
) is playing all those instruments? The Chevy, of course! Be amazed. More »
It’s may be a bit confusing why OK Go agreed to appear in a Chevy Sonic Super Bowl commercial without one of their own songs playing in the ad — the track featured in the below commercial (with a Chevy Sonic performing “100% real stunts”!) is .fun’s “We Are Young”
. But it makes more sense when you consider that most of the band’s footage comes from their upcoming video for “Needing/Getting”
, which also
features a Chevy Sonic. And we’ve officially said the words Chevy Sonic three (now four!) times in this single post, not even including in the headline. Well done, marketing geniuses at Chevrolet. More »
is clearly trying to give Yo Gabba Gabba!
a run for its money as the PBS children’s show continues to cast well-known music acts to perform on the show
. The latest musical guest to appear on the Street
is viral video masters OK Go, who wrote a song called “3 Primary Colors Song” to teach kids about all the different shades you can create with red, yellow and blue. And in the tradition of their own videos, the boys in the band used choreography
, camera tricks
and stop motion
to get their message across. More »
If you tried to visit a number of websites today and were unable to view their content, don’t be alarmed: it’s due to the protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills, which were created to stop online piracy and protect copyright owners, but could allow the government to censor practically anything on the Internet. You’d think musicians would be all for protecting their music from piracy, but artists, such as B.o.B, Kreashawyn, OK Go and more, have made it clear that this bill, if passed, will do more harm than good. More »
OK Go poke fun of their previous viral videos in their new clip for “The Muppet Show Theme Song”, their contribution to The Green Album
(out today!). The insanely creative
band hops back on their treadmills and sets up another Rube Goldberg machine
while the entire cast of The Muppets get into zany shenanigans. It’s got the spirit and the humor of The Muppet Show
, and the group’s hypnotic cover is pretty great, too. Vid below! More »