MTV CANCELS TRL
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It started as a nightly half-hour show, counting down the top videos of the day. It turned into one of the most popular shows on MTV. Total Request Live, or TRL, became a phenomenon with young music lovers. It helped launch the careers of artists like Eminem, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. But after 10 years on the air, TRL has been canceled. The show was just not getting the viewers that it used to.
Last night, Carson Daly, the original host of the show, spoke with Dave Sirulnick, the big boss at MTV, on his NBC talk show, Last Call. Sirulnick said he thought TRL should go out on a high note, since the show is celebrating 10 years. He says the final TRL will air on November 8th, a Saturday, so everyone can see it. Daly and other celebrities who were there for the ride will appear on the last show.
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VMA AWARDS RECAP
Monday, September 08, 2008
Despite all the controversy in last night's VMA, there were plenty of good moments. Britney Spears proved she is still in the game, winning all three awards she was nominated for. She even took home the coveted "Video of the Year" moonman for "Piece of Me."
Some of the performances were good. Others not so much. Paramore rocked the house with their hit, "Misery Business." Pink's performance of her new single, "So What," was nothing short of amazing. It included pyrotechnics and was sung live, unlike Christina's Aguilera's performance, which was obviously lipsynched. Kanye West's much hoopla-ed closing song was quite forgettable. No one had ever heard the song he performed. Lil Wayne, Rhianna, The Jonas Brothers, T.I., LL Cool J, The Ting Tings, Katy Perry and Kid Rock also took to the stage.
Oh, yeah. There were also some awards handed out...
Best female video - Britney Spears, "Piece of Me"
Best male video - Chris Brown, "With You"
Best dancing in a video - Pussycat Dolls, "When I Grow Up"
Best rock video - Linkin Park, "Shadow of the Day"
Best hip hop video - Lil Wayne, "Lollipop"
Best new artist - Tokio Hotel, "Ready, Set, Go!"
Best pop video - Britney Spears, "Piece of Me"
Video of the year - Britney Spears, "Piece of Me"
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For once, MTV's Video Music Awards were not a snooze. Everyone's buzzing about last night's show because of several comments made by host Russell Brand. The relatively unknown comedian from the UK started the show by telling everyone to vote for Barack Obama. He also referred to President Bush as a "retarded cowboy."
Brand also made a bunch of lewd jokes about the teen band The Jonas Brothers. He also made fun of their promise rings throughout the show and joked about how they've pledged to remain virgins until marriage.
His comments upset Jordin Sparks so much, that she fired back. She came out to present a performance with John Legend, but before she did, she had some words to say about promise rings.
"I just want to say, it's not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and girl wants to be a slut, OK?" Sparks said. She also wears a promise ring.
Later on, Brand jokingly apologized for his remarks, saying he didn't want to upset his teen fans. He said he was planning to wear one and abstain from sex. By the way, The Jonas Brothers were sitting in the audience, just feet away from Brand, as he made fun of their lifestyle.
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