MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Best and Worst Moments (GALLERY)

It was a first-a-palooza on MTV’s Video Music Awards on Thursday. First-time host, actor and comedian Kevin Hart, helmed the show from Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

And several musicians returned to the awards show to debut their first televised performances of new songs, including Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Pink, and Green Day.

And in true MTV fashion, new artists One Direction, Frank Ocean, 2 Chainz and Calvin Harris made their first VMA appearances.

Those were certainly highlights of the show, but what made Celebuzz’s list of the best (and worst) moments of this year’s VMAs?

Oh, where do we start? Our list includes Rihanna’s confident win for Video of the Year – talk about “Cockiness” (and we love it). Other awesome moments for us included Alicia Keys’ performance of “Girl On Fire” with an unexpected cameo from Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and then there was an appearance by Korean Internet sensation Psy.

Then, there were some awkward moments like Robert Pattinson and the Twilight cast’s appearance sans Kristen Stewart, Rebel Wilson’s shirt-dress that suggested way too much was going on down under and the feeling that we weren’t quite getting the funny from host Hart.

Take a look at our 10 Best (and worst) moments of the VMAs.

1. Bun in the oven for Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
Beyonce and Jay-Z have nothing to fear her when it comes to having their pregnancy announcement overshadowed. During the pre-show, Khalifa and Rose finally confirmed her pregnancy. One look at that belly and we wonder if that was even necessary.

2. Rihanna Says, “I Got This,” Without Saying It
After losing a few categories during the show, sometimes it’s the big one that really matters. After Rihanna was named the winner for Video of the Year, she stood up proudly and whipped her head around to say, “That’s right. I got this.”

3. One Direction-The Wanted question answered
There was some buildup to the award for New Artist pitting boy bands One Direction and The Wanted against each other. All that was laid to rest when 1D took the prize. The Wanted may need a new name.

4. Rebel Wilson shows much is going down under.
Avert your eyes. We warned you! The Pitch Perfect actress certainly lived up to her name when she presented with The Wanted wearing a shirt-dress that suggested the lawn needed mowing.

5. Twilight cast appear sans Kristen Stewart
Awk-ward. Video rants are being uploaded as we speak after Pattinson appeared with members of the Twilight cast without his co-star and verified cheating ex, Kristen Stewart. Common sense wins over movie promotion… this time.

6. Gabby Douglas is head-over-heels for Alicia Keys
The little Olympian extends her winning spotlight by doing some tumbling passes through Keys’ performance of the aptly titled, “Girl On Fire.”

7. Taylor Swift is feeling “Red”
Another poor guy feels the wrath of a woman scorned. Pretty in red, Swift performed “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and says that it’s about someone she dated in the last two years. Jake Gyllenhaal, possibly?

8. Kevin Hart: Not funny or Just Too Fast?
There were some mixed reviews on Twitter about Hart’s hosting humor. We couldn’t decide if he was just totally dying up there or if he was talking way too fast for us to understand his jokes – or both?

9. Pink gets mouthy
We feel Pink. We love anything Pink releases. But, there was some rumbling among viewers that she could’ve spent a bit more on her VMA performance. Dancing lips may not have been the biggest bang for your buck, Pink.

10. Psy shows Kevin Hart how to steal a show
The Korean Internet sensation woke us up just in time for Green Day by appearing on the show with his trademark horse dance. Oh, MTV, maybe he should have hosted? As we saw, his English is pretty good-ish.

What made you cheer? And what you cringe? Tell us in the comments section below.

‘X Factor’s’ Simon Cowell Says He’s ‘P-ssed’ at ‘The Voice’: Prays Newly Added Third Day ‘Backfires’

The world of television music competitions can get ugly (and it has). It’s a crowded space for a limited amount of eyeballs.

So, when NBC announced on Wednesday that it would be adding a third day to its premiere week for The Voice – directly against FOX’s The X Factor’s Season 2 debut on Wednesday — executive producer and judge Simon Cowell called foul.

“I am p-ssed off about it,” Cowell, 52, told reporters on a press call Thursday.

What else did he have to say about NBC’s latest move?

“I think it’s kind of a gentleman’s agreement,” he continued. “But, you have to rely on that the viewers will make the right selection. I think three nights in a row is too much. I think there’s a lot of interest going into our show with Britney [Spears], Demi [Lovato], [and] the way the show is going to look. So, I’ve learned never to make and predictions.”

NBC has been very aggressive about capitalizing on its musical show’s success. After a ratings boost from the show’s first season, it launched Season 2 with the help of the Super Bowl. Then, it announced it would be fast-tracking its third season for the fall – which would place the Emmy-nominated show at the same time of year as Cowell’s franchise.

And although Cowell has been known to make what some believe to be calculated moves to steal the spotlight from other shows – such as firing half of his judges and announcing their replacements throughout other shows’ runs – he’s saying that The Voice is playing dirty.

As for the NBC show’s executive producer Mark Burnett’s claim that he had no idea that the third day cut into The X Factor’s premiere episode, Cowell exhales, “Give me a break, like I don’t know when my show is going out next week.”

“It’s tactical,” he goes on to say. “But, you know it’s very important to get this message out. They don’t want you to watch this show. And I think it’s going to backfire.”

Why does he think NBC, whose producers and stars say they don’t even think of the competition, wants to steal viewers from X Factor’s premiere?

“I think [Britney Spears and Demi Lovato] do a great job, the contestants are great, the show looks different from anything else we’ve ever made before. And I think this is the reason NBC decided to put The Voice up against us,” he says. “It’s a spoiling tactic and it’s very simple: They don’t want people to see this first episode. I think it’s mean-spirited. I hope and I pray that it backfires on them, because this is one of the best shows we’ve ever made.”

And although Lovato was also on the call, Cowell came to her defense when asked how they felt about The Voice coach Christina Aguilera’s statement that she’s not sure what the pop star has to offer the judges’ panel.

Cowell says, “Tell her to watch the show. She might learn something.”

The X Factor starts its two-night Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on FOX.

Which show will you be tuning into next Wednesday? The X Factor or The Voice? Tell us in the comments section below.

‘The New Normal’ EP on Show Being Pulled in Utah: ‘We’re in Good Company’

Even before the general public saw NBC’s new fall comedy, The New Normal, it was plagued (or blessed if you believe that all publicity is good publicity) with controversy.

Though during the Paley Center preview panel for the series in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, series co-creator and executive producer Dante Di Loreto addressed the controversy saying, “This is a big country. I prefer to focus on the people that support the show.”

From Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, The New Normal portrays a gay couple (played by Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) and their surrogate mother’s (Georgia King) path to having a baby together. It also stars Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes and Bebe Wood.

What is all the fuss about?

Notoriously anti-gay conservative group, One Million Moms, called for a boycott of the series in July saying, “NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values.

Then last week, KSL-TV, an NBC affiliate in Utah, pulled the series from its fall lineup, calling it “inappropriate on several dimensions.”

In addition to Di Loreto’s comment, co-creator and executive producer Ali Adler added of the Utah affiliate, “I also think that same station chooses not to air Saturday Night Live and, I think in the day, Picket Fences, so we’re in good company.”

Late last week, another station opted to pick up the series for air on Saturday evenings.

Controversial TV shows have been a normal part of the television medium for pretty much its existence, not only for high ratings – and thus ad dollars — but also inherently exposing viewers to sights and ideas they may not have had access to before.

But, The New Normal producers don’t really see themselves pushing an agenda.

“I think [our show] is less a political statement then, not even a personal one, this is a family that loves each other,” Adler says. “And hopefully that comes across on-screen. It’s not meant to be political. I mean inherently it has to be, because the lead couple are both men.”

And despite the controversy, the producers contend that they have the full support of the network in telling their story and pushing limits.

“Wonderfully, NBC has been incredibly supportive of the show and the show pushing boundaries,” Di Loreto explains. “The heart of it is a show about people who love each other and want to raise a loving family. So, they’ve been incredibly supportive of us expanding what we can do on broadcast television.”

The New Normal officially premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11 on NBC. But, you can watch the full pilot online at NBC.com.

Do you think the series goes too far or do you think the controversy is much ado about nothing? Sound off in the comments section below.

MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Top 10 Opening Moments in VMA History (GALLERY)

When you only have 30 seconds to make a good first impression, every moment counts. And when it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards’ audience, which is full of the music industry’s biggest stars and millions of home viewers, each second counts a whole lot more.

On Tuesday, MTV announced that Rihanna will be setting the 2012 VMAs off with a performance of the newly remixed “Cockiness (I Love It)” with rapper ASAP Rocky.

So in honor of the impending awards show, Celebuzz is taking a stroll down VMA memory lane for the show’s most amazing opening moments. (No pressure, RiRi. You’ll be great.)

Which moments top our list?

Recent VMA history (recent as in 2011) brought us Lady Gaga’s gender-bending alter ego, Jo Calderone. Not only did Gaga deliver a monologue as the character, she also performed “You And I.” That wasn’t all, though. Gaga surprised fans and press alike when she stayed in character all evening.

Clearly, Madonna has made her mark on the VMAs plenty of times starting with her risqué – and now legendary – performance of “Like A Virgin” during the awards show’s inaugural broadcast in 1984. But that wasn’t an opening act – she actually appeared second on the show.

But, a more mature material girl returned in 2003 to show she still had the talent for cooking up controversy when she performed with pop progeny Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. And, yes, she got everyone all riled up by kissing the younger singers.

Then, of course, there was another famous kiss in 1994 when Michael Jackson showed up with then wife Lisa Marie Presley. Before planting a very awk-ward smooch on the King of Rock’s only daughter, he proclaimed – too soon as it turns out — “And just think, nobody thought this would last.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg for VMA’s most memorable opening moments. We still have Pee-wee Herman’s surprise appearance after being arrested for making a theatre his own personal playhouse, Bruce Springsteen’s rousing performance of 9/11-inspired “The Rising,” plus Puff Daddy (as Sean Combs was known then) rolled in the deep to pay tribute to fallen friend, rapper Notorious B.I.G., plus we dusted off a few more great moments from the VMA vaults.

Take a look at the full Top 10 list in our gallery above. And to watch some of the moments, take a look at last year’s Top 5 picks.

Do you think Rihanna can make next year’s list? Sound off in the comments section below.

 

‘Jersey Shore’s’ Snooki Shares First Look of Baby Lorenzo (PHOTO & VIDEO)

We’ve only seen a very healthy head of hair on baby Lorenzo since MTV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave birth to her first son with fiancé Jionni LaValle just about a week ago.

And now the Jersey Shore castmember is sharing the first official photos of her bundle of joy on a splashy magazine cover.

MTV had dibs on the first look from the photo spread, which appears in People magazine this week.

What did the reality star have to say about being a mom?

“It’s a different kind of love that I never felt before,” Polizzi, 24, tells People. Known for her extreme partying ways, she says that all changed for her when she found out she was pregnant.

After Polizzi endured 24 hours of labor, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle was born on Aug. 26 in New Jersey weighing 6 lbs, 5 oz.

New dad LaValle explained that coming up with the baby’s name was an easy negotiation with his fiancé. ”We were going back and forth, and I just happened to think of Lorenzo,” the 25-year-old says. “She loved it.”

He says the name was inspired by a kid he knows in his hometown. Enzo’s middle name, though, has a deeper meaning for the new mom. It’s her late uncle’s name. “I did it for my dad,” Snooki reveals.

The couple met about two years ago during the third season of Jersey Shore. The reality star found out she was pregnant in early-January. And LaValle proposed to his girlfriend two months later on Valentine’s Day, surprising her with a 5-carat diamond ring.

Back in May, Snooki told Celebuzz that her new baby boy wouldn’t be joining the rest of her Jersey Shore castmates at their famous Seaside Shore home.

“Oh, hell no!” Snooki quipped. “If anything, I’ll get my own place. That place is for partying and single people.”

While Snooki’s spinoff series, Snooki & JWoww, is headed toward a second season, Jersey Shore’s sixth season will be its last.

MTV is airing a launch special, “Gym, Tan, Look Back,” on Thursday at 6 PM ahead of the VMA pre-show. And the whole cast is back for one more hurrah down The Shore when Season 6 debuts Oct. 4.

What’s your take on Snooki and Jionni’s bundle of joy? Share your “ooohs” and “ahhhs” below.