2007 MTV Video Music Awards

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Britney Was "Exploited," Claims Peer; Plus, VMAs Draw "More" Viewers

Kanye West's beef with MTV extends beyond the fact that he was shut out, again, at the Video Music Awards. The outspoken rapper believes the cabler preyed on the potential for a Britney Spears screwup. (Watch the video here.) "Man, they were just trying to get ratings," he opined Tuesday on Sirius' Morning Mash Up. "They knew she wasn't ready and they exploited her." Did Brit's big comeback beget boffo numbers? And how. Sunday's VMAs drew 7.08 million viewers, a 23 percent surge over last year.Other new Brit bits:• Following her performance, Spears "came running off the stage, yelling, 'Oh my god, I looked like a fat pig! I looked like a fat pig!' She was inconsolable," a backstage spy tells Us.• Spears' go-to hair guy, Ken Paves, "bailed" when he arrived at the VMAs only to get the cold shoulder from his client. "Ken made the professional decision not to do her hair," a source tells People. Another mystery solved there.Related: Inside Britney's VMAs Blunder; Britney's Bus...  Read Full Article

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Britney Was "Exploited," Claims Peer; Plus, VMAs Draw "More" Viewers

Kanye West's beef with MTV extends beyond the fact that he was shut out, again, at the Video Music Awards. The outspoken rapper believes the cabler preyed on the potential for a Britney Spears screwup. (Watch the video here.) "Man, they were just trying to get ratings," he opined Tuesday on Sirius' Morning Mash Up. "They knew she wasn't ready and they exploited her." Did Brit's big comeback beget boffo numbers? And how. Sunday's VMAs drew 7.08 million viewers, a 23 percent surge over last year.Other new Brit bits:• Following her performance, Spears "came running off the stage, yelling, 'Oh my god, I looked like a fat pig! I looked like a fat pig!' She was inconsolable," a backstage spy tells Us.• Spears' go-to hair guy, Ken Paves, "bailed" when he arrived at the VMAs only to get the cold shoulder from his client. "Ken made the professional decision not to do her hair," a source tells People. Another mystery solved there.Related: Inside Britney's VMAs Blunder; Britney's Bus... read more

Inside Britney's VMAs Blunder: Reports Blame Rushed Rehearsals, Margaritas

What's the real story behind Britney's unfortunate "Oops!" at Sunday's VMAs? (Watch video here.) As sources weigh in, a recurring theme suggests that a last-minute change in plans — perhaps not at all helped by frozen margaritas — led to the pop tart's onstage bewilderment. TV's Extra, for one, hears that a more elaborate number orchestrated by illusionist Criss Angel was pared down just before the show got under way. It would not have been an entirely insurmountable hurdle if Spears had hit rehearsals hard. Instead, a source tells the New York Daily News, "She showed up three and a half hours late, and she walked in with a frozen margarita. It was so disrespectful." Not just to MTV suits and her fans, but to her fellow dancers as well. "The dance number was spectacular — without her," a spy tells the New York Post. "Then Britney showed up and refused to do anything. The more complicated moves had to be erased."Wardrobe-wise, Spears has taken hits for underdressing, a... read more

Listless Britney, Offstage Fight Highlight MTV's VMAs

The phone conversation went something like this, I imagine:Spears: It's Britney, bitch.Choreographer: You know, I have had it with your attitude. Figure out your own VMA dance moves! Britney Spears launched her comeback on Sunday night by opening the Video Music Awards with a lip-synched performance of "Gimme More" that can only be described as disappointing. (See video here.) I lied; it can also be described as ill-prepared, awkward to watch and unfortunate. "It definitely could have been a lot better," the AP quotes singer-producer Akon as saying afterward. "She seemed nervous.... Instead of just blocking [the audience] out... you could tell she was thinking about it."Spears' opener was followed by a so-so Sarah Silverman spiel featuring a recurring scatological term best left unsaid at this morning hour. Other "highlights" of the night included an off-camera (dang it!) fight between Pam Anderson's exes, triggered when Kid Rock "sucker smacked" Tommy Lee, says the Post. The scuffl... read more

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Premise: The 24th annual event at the Palms in Las Vegas. Performers include Britney Spears, Akon, Chris Brown, Cee-Lo, Common, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Nelly Furtado, Gym Class Heroes, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, Mastodon, Daniel Merriweather, Rihanna, Soulja Boy, Serj Tankian, T.I., Timbaland, T-Pain, Kanye West and 50 Cent.

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