MTV today announced the nominees for the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards.” The ladies lead the pack as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga earn nine nominations each for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi” respectively. Britney Spears follows with an impressive seven combined nominations for “Womanizer” and “Circus.” Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem, Kanye West and Coldplay will each find themselves vying for several moonmen on the big night. In addition, Latin Grammy® award-winning Puerto Rican duo Wisin Y Yandel, rapper Drake and rockers Kings of Leon are a few of the artists who have received their first VMA nomination. Included in the impressive line-up of first-time nominees is rapper Asher Roth who finds himself up against one of today’s most notorious artists Eminem, in the “Best Hip-Hop” category. As previously announced, Russell Brand will host and set to perform are Green Day, P!nk, Taylor Swift and Muse. Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford are confirmed presenters. The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT) and on Sunday, September 20 at 5pm ET with Spanish subtitles on MTV Tr3?s. MTV will announce additional performers, nominees and presenters on a later date.
“I’m excited and honored to be tied for most nominated for the VMAs. I’ve been blessed this year to have ‘Single Ladies’ become a video people really connected with and responded to. I’ve spent so much time watching all the great versions people created all around the world. It’s beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video.” – Beyoncé
Also Pop superstar, Beyoncé, has taken Vegas by storm with a four-night stint at Wynn Las Vegas that started last Thursday and ended on Sunday evening. Billed as “An Intimate Performance by Beyoncé,” the show was designed as an up-close-and-personal evening with the iconic star, performing for the first time in the cozy 1500-seater. The 90-minute set showcased re-arranged and re-interpreted songs from the entertainer’s songbook, including #1 hits during her years with Destiny’s Child. She took on the role of narrator, playfully telling the story of her musical career from being signed and dropped to superstardom.
Although she added a string section, including a harpist, to her all-female ten-piece band and all female trio of singers, the feel of the show was almost unplugged with Beyoncé’s voice soaring. The sold-out crowd on every night was a diverse mix of fans, young and old, who stood up most of the evening. The emphasis for this show was on musicality and vocals with Beyoncé only showcasing three costumes, a rarity for the quick-change artist who can sometimes sport at least a half-dozen looks in one evening.
The last show was taped for a DVD due for release this November and some lucky guests were given the opportunity to see the show earlier in the afternoon as producers and crew set the stage for camera blocking. Friends and family and some lucky employees of The Wynn Hotel were given a special ticket to witness the taping. Another sold-out crowd returned for the evening show, which was also taped as part of the DVD.
Beyoncé continues her “I AM…” world tour next week in Japan before moving on to Australia, China and Europe.