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Chris Pratt, Selena Gomez, LeBron James And More Get Drenched For The Ice Bucket Challenge!

Chris Pratt, Selena Gomez, LeBron James And More Get Drenched For The Ice Bucket Challenge!

Posted on 17 Aug 2014 at 10:32pm

Our favorite celebrities dunk themselves in ice water for a cause.

Hard Rock Cancun Throws One Heck Of A Grand Opening Party

Hard Rock Cancun Throws One Heck Of A Grand Opening Party

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 at 9:09pm

Here’s a pro tip: If a publicist emails you and asks if you’d be interested in attending the grand opening of a Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, all expenses paid, for three days of laying out by the pool, watching Rumer Willis slam champagne, eating more food than Honey Boo Boo’s mom at a buffet and generally behaving like a Kanye West/Kim Dotcom hybrid … all sandwiched in-between concerts from Flo Rida and the Goo Goo Dolls, well, then you should most definitely say “Yes.”

Because that’s what I did. For three days this weekend, I checked my journalistic integrity at the door and partied like a genuine rock star at the sparkly new Hard Rock in Cancun, a 12-story gem that juts out into the Caribbean Sea, features some 600 rooms, five international restaurants, five bars (including two of the “swim-up” variety) and a lobby packed with enough memorabilia to give the Rock Hall pause (checking out John Bonham’s kit up close was a thrill … what can I say, I’m a rock nerd). There were parties and after-parties, booming DJ sets by the pool, white sand beaches, endless Hors d’oeuvres and at one point, they christened the thing with a guitar-smash, one attended by a little person dressed up like Gene Simmons. Needless to say, one of the better work-cations I’ve ever been on.

For the grand opening, the folks at Hard Rock pulled out all the stops, which meant, that, in addition to the fashion show I attended — I wore a button-up shirt and everything — there were also two nights of concerts. Flo Rida provided the perfect soundtrack to a very loose first night, ripping through a set of his patented party-starters (“Low,” “In The Ayer,” “Right Round,” etc) and even bringing a bunch of ladies up on stage at one point for an impromptu dance-off. Shoot, he had such a good time that he even stuck around the next day, and was seen by this reporter wading out into the crystal-blue ocean in a pair of gigantic red trunks.

The Goo Goo Dolls performed on night two, and served reminder that they possess a back catalog as formidable as, well, anyone, leading a fired-up crowd through rousing sing-alongs on hits like “Name,” “Iris,” “Black Balloon” and “Slide.” And despite forming in Buffalo, New York, they seemed at home on the Hard Rock’s beach stage, rocking long into the night.

There were also celebrity cameos by the aforementioned Willis (who, it should be noted, was definitely feeling the Goo Goo Dolls) and Wilmer Valderrama, who hosted a Saturday afternoon pool party from high-atop a DJ booth, staged a “Dougie” competition and posed for about a bazillion photos. Oh, and then I got an “organic facial” from the Hard Rock spa. It definitely helped with the hangover.

All-in-all, it was a pretty tremendous weekend, and now that I’m sitting here back in gloomy New York, typing this with my tan slowly peeling away (it’s seriously gross), I can tell you without a doubt that you should definitely make your way down to the Hard Rock in Cancun sometime … even if a publicist isn’t paying your way, it’s sure to be a trip you won’t forget. Even if you can’t remember most of it.

Karmin's Best Cover Yet

Karmin’s Best Cover Yet

Posted on 17 Oct 2012 at 10:49pm

By Cory Midgarden

I love cover songs. I don’t know what it is about them, but one of my favorite pastimes — a guilty pleasure if you will — is to log onto YouTube, type in the name of a song I’m digging and watch someone other than the original artist sing their rendition of the tune.

I’m sure this is why I’ve always been such a big fan of TV singing competitions as well, but that isn’t the point. The point of this post is that last April I was introduced to, maybe, one of the most amazing covers I’d ever experienced in my entire life. And that’s saying a lot, since I spend much of my free time and weekends doing nothing but looking for these videos (I’m only kind of exaggerating).

Anyway, the introduction came via email from my friend, who is aware of my obsession, with the text “You’re going to DIE” in the subject line. I clicked on the link, which maybe had a few hundred views at the time, and there was Karmin. The song they were performing was Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” and the girl, whose name I thought was Karmin at the time, pretty much killed me when I got to 1:16 in the video.

My friend was right; they were so good I almost died. But since I didn’t, I knew my newfound mission in life was to get them on the MTV show I was working on at the time. “The Seven” was a countdown of the seven things (hence the title) we needed our audience to know about each day. And these two were something people needed to know about — if they hadn’t already.

I got in touch with the pair, and within a few days, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan were in New York City getting ready to perform for our studio audience. I was so excited! And they were too. They were awesome during sound check and looking as cute as can be, both wearing V-neck tees and jeans… but something was missing.

As I looked at the twosome before they took our Times Square stage, I realized what was off. The woman standing in front of me had a stick-straight ‘do, while the one from the video had some extra flair to her hair. I asked Amy if she’d be interested in recreating her look from the video, and she was more than happy to accept. With only a few minutes to spare, we hooked her up with one of our stylists and before our very eyes, her signature “suicide roll” was born.

Karmin then took the stage performing “Look at Me Now,” Weezy’s “6 Foot 7 Foot,” and original track “On Your Side.”

Since then, I’ve worked with Karmin (and Amy’s suicide roll) on several occasions (they even gave me a very special birthday shout-out while I worked on VH1′s “Big Morning Buzz Live”), watching them grow into the stars they are today. As proud of them as I’ve been over these past months, it wasn’t until last night, when I saw Amy on the cover of Rolling Stone that I really realized how far the two have come.

To be recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as a woman who rocks is an amazing achievement. Karmin has come so far in such a short period of time and if anyone deserves such an accolade, it’s them.

Congratulations, Amy and Nick! I look forward to following your careers for years to come.

Ryan Beatty Gives 'Hey L.A.' A Big Apple Remix

Ryan Beatty Gives ‘Hey L.A.’ A Big Apple Remix

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 at 10:48pm

By Cory Midgarden

After hearing his single “Hey L.A.,” it is crystal clear Ryan Beatty is a huge fan of the Golden State, but it was not until the MTV News team spent the day with the YouTube sensation that we learned he is a New York enthusiast as well.

While we were pretty sure our Big Apple tour, where MTV News’ Christina Garibaldi took him to Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park, had something to do with his newfound love for the city, it turned out our sightseeing adventure was not the only thing that won Beatty over.

See more from Ryan Beatty’s journey through New York

“I love Serendipity,” he told MTV News. “Their frozen hot chocolates are the best. Anyone that ever comes to New York, go to Serendipity. I can vouch for that. It’s amazing.”

To celebrate his admiration for NYC, the 17-year-old from Clovis, California, made a few changes to his ever-so-catchy new song especially for us!

What do you think of Ryan Beatty’s “Hey L.A.” New York remix? Let us know in the comments below!

Kim Kardashian's Kitty And More: The Week In Instagrams

Kim Kardashian’s Kitty And More: The Week In Instagrams

Posted on 25 Sep 2012 at 2:05am

By Cory Midgarden

What’s Victoria Justice doing in the middle of the Big Apple dressed liked the Statue of Liberty?

“I was in New York doing — I don’t remember what I was doing, press for something, interviews and meetings and stuff — and whenever I have to work, I like to be able to explore the city I’m in as well and have some fun,” the “Victorious” star told MTV News. “So there was a guy on the street dressed up like the Statue of Liberty with some sunglasses looking pretty cool, and I was like, ‘That looks like a fun time!’ “

Victoria Justice tells the full story behind her patriotic Instagram!

Now, while we don’t know everything about these next five Instagram photos, they sure caught our eye and are MTV News’ favorite posts from the week:


Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian has been blowing up our Instagram feed with photos of the latest addition to the Kardashian klan. No, we’re not referring to last week’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” finale where Kourtney pulled out daughter Penelope during child birth (that did happen and is worth a Google search if you haven’t seen it yet), but instead a photo of Kim’s new teacup Persian cat Mercy. Not as intriguing as Kourtney’s delivery, but so adorable nonetheless.


Diddy
Also extremely adorable from this week is a photo Sean “Diddy” Combs posted of him and his son Justin. Puffy showered the UCLA freshman with love, captioning the pic: “No matter how big you get, your always gonna be my little boy @princejdc ….love you boy.”


Justin Bieber
The Biebs uploaded this photo a week ago today with the caption: “Don’t play.” And all we have to say in response to that is: “Don’t break your neck … PLEASE!?!”


Big Sean
Through the power of Instagram, we were on the set with Meek Mill and Big Sean while they shot their new music video for “Burn.” The photo featured a crocodile and received more than 26,000 likes and 527 comments and counting.


Ke$ha
Ke$ha used the social-media site to tease the title of her upcoming album with a series of letters. The last clue was a photo of her with the letter “W” written on her hand, revealing her EP will be called Warrior. Leave it to Ke$ha to spell things out for us.

What was your favorite Instagram photo from the week? Share your choices in the comments!

Joe Jonas Explains Playing Hollywood Tour Guide In Instagram Photo

Joe Jonas Explains Playing Hollywood Tour Guide In Instagram Photo

Posted on 10 Sep 2012 at 5:24pm

By Cory Midgarden

LOS ANGELES — The Jonas Brothers are men of many trades.

And with Kevin focusing on his new reality television show, “Married to Jonas” and Nick campaigning for a seat next to Mariah Carey on the “American Idol” judges panel, one might have seen a recent photo from Joe’s Instagram account and thought he too had a new gig in the works.


Turns out the group’s middle child, is still concentrating on his priorities, i.e., new music and mentoring rising stars on “The Next,” but took a day out of his extremely busy schedule to try his hand at something completely different.

“I was actually a tour guide on a, like, star tour,” Joe told MTV News about the Instagram snapshot. “It was really funny because it was like, I was having way too much fun with that microphone and it kept cutting out so I was getting really frustrated but somehow we caught the Hollywood sign in the background, it’s like, a perfect photo.”

With all of the excitement during their ride through Hollywood, passengers of the double decker bus almost missed one of the biggest names on their star-studded tour. That is until their journey came to the end.

“Once we stopped, yes, because we had to like, literally say, hey, I’m Joe Jonas,” he explained. “I think that kind of freaked people out, but it was fun.

Which celebrity Instagram account are you obsessed with? Let us know in the comments below!

The Wanted, Pink, Miley Cyrus Make My First-Ever VMAs Incredible!

The Wanted, Pink, Miley Cyrus Make My First-Ever VMAs Incredible!

Posted on 07 Sep 2012 at 5:37am

By Christina Garibaldi

What an incredible night! On Thursday, I co-hosted my very first VMA pre-show on the red carpet and words can’t really express what an amazing experience it was.

After rehearsing for the show for a few hours this morning, it finally really sunk in that it was really all happening when I put on my dress and walked up to take my position.

The preshow kicked off and my first guest who was none other than VMA performer Pink and her husband Carey Hart (The two of them are adorable together and were sneaking kisses and hugging before we went live.) Pink looked stunning in her rocker chic gown and it was the perfect way to kick off the night.

Yet, it was just getting started. I also got the chance to talk to the super stylish Rita Ora who showed off what was in her clutch … a blow torch, I can only imagine what that was for!

Next up were the guys of The Wanted (happy birthday, Max!), who are always so much fun to talk to, since you never really know what’s going to happen when you interview them!

And the night concluded with a fun chat with the lovely Miley Cyrus. She revealed that she is releasing new music soon and trust me, I saw her engagement ring up close; Liam did a great job!

I still have to pinch myself that this really happened, but I have to say I couldn’t have done it without Sway Calloway, Jim Cantiello, James Montgomery and of course the entire MTV News team. Thanks for making this such a memorable night!

Which red carpet interview was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
What an incredible night! On Thursday, I co-hosted my very first VMA pre-show on the red carpet and words can’t really express what an amazing experience it was.

After rehearsing for the show for a few hours this morning, it finally really sunk in that it was really all happening when I put on my dress and walked up to take my position.

The preshow kicked off and my first guest who was none other than VMA performer Pink and her husband Carey Hart (The two of them are adorable together and were sneaking kisses and hugging before we went live.) Pink looked stunning in her rocker chic gown and it was the perfect way to kick off the night.

Yet, it was just getting started. I also got the chance to talk to the super stylish Rita Ora who showed off what was in her clutch … a blow torch, I can only imagine what that was for!

Next up were the guys of The Wanted (happy birthday, Max!), who are always so much fun to talk to, since you never really know what’s going to happen when you interview them!

And the night concluded with a fun chat with the lovely Miley Cyrus. She revealed that she is releasing new music soon and trust me, I saw her engagement ring up close; Liam did a great job!

I still have to pinch myself that this really happened, but I have to say I couldn’t have done it without Sway Calloway, Jim Cantiello, James Montgomery and of course the entire MTV News team. Thanks for making this such a memorable night!

Which red carpet interview was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Pink Has Landed At VMAs -- Literally!

Pink Has Landed At VMAs — Literally!

Posted on 04 Sep 2012 at 11:26am
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When Pink does the MTV Video Music Awards, she goes all out and takes to the air high above the VMA stage. For her 2012 appearance, she’s way up high, and it’s not even showtime yet.

The singer touched down in a helicopter at on a Downtown Los Angeles rooftop Monday afternoon en route to a top-secret rehearsal for her big show performance Thursday night. Not exactly a subtle, silent entrance to VMA central.

We don’t know what Pink’s going to do this year to top her previous, high-flying VMA performances, but if her aerial arrival is any indication of its scope or spectacle, it’s going to be big.

Don’t forget to watch the Video Music Awards Thursday night at 8/7c to find out what Pink — plus Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Green Day, One Direction, Alicia Keys and more — have in store.

VMA Epicness: Vote For Your Favorite Moment!

VMA Epicness: Vote For Your Favorite Moment!

Posted on 29 Aug 2012 at 12:13pm

By Kara Warner

We’re a little biased here at MTV News, but throughout the course of its 28 years in existence, the MTV Video Music Awards have provided music fans with some of the most memorable moments in award-show and pop-culture history. As part of our countdown to the 2012 VMAs, which air live on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, we’ve been looking back at some of the show’s best and brightest moments and asking our readers to choose their favorite moments in categories like Hottest VMA Debut and today’s subject: Most Epic VMA Moment.

Now, because of the sheer number of epic VMA moments in the show’s storied history, we narrowed the polling field to encompass the most memorable performance moments in the last five years. What makes a VMA moment truly epic? Is it the number of performers or guests you can manage to fit onstage? Is it theatrics? The emotional message behind the performance? The raw display of original and undisputable talent? YOU get to decide what “Epic VMA Moment” means to you.

If you’re into epic collaborations, Timbaland’s 2007 end-of-show number that featured Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian might get your vote. If you’re into jaw-dropping, high-flying acrobatics as demonstrated by Pink during her 2009 performance of “Sober,” then she’ll get your vote. If epic means “heart-wrenching storytelling by song” for you, then Eminem and Rihanna’s emotional performance of “Love the Way You Lie” should win your vote.

Now it’s your turn to tell us which moment has been the most unforgettable and epic in the last five years. Cast your vote and be sure to check back for results on AMTV Wednesday, September 5.

From Lea Michele's Bike To Lady Gaga's New Friend: This Week In Instagrams

From Lea Michele’s Bike To Lady Gaga’s New Friend: This Week In Instagrams

Posted on 21 Aug 2012 at 12:43am

By Cory Midgarden

What caused this birthday cake to go from Karmin’s plate to all over their faces?

“This is a series of two pictures: The first one is of us about to eat the cake and then this is the aftermath,” Karmin’s Nick Noonan told MTV News. “You notice, somehow, my shirt became unbuttoned between two pictures; I don’t remember how that happened.”

Check out Karmin’s frosting-filled Instagram!

Although we don’t know the full story behind these next five Instagrams, they’re the MTV News team’s favorite of the week:


“Glee” star Lea Michele — who recently opened her Instagram account, introduced us to her new bike via the photo-sharing site. The picture rolled its way right into the hearts of her more than 61,000 followers with 14,583 likes and 583 comments and counting.


Also traveling on two wheels this week is Kendall Jenner. Who’s that riding tandem on the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” starlet’s bike? The kid sister of Kim, Khlo

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