1. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  2. G-Unit Quietly Drops Six-Track 'The Beauty of Independence'

    August 25, 2014 4:23 AM EDT G-Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year's biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: they digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped "The Beauty of Independence" extended play at…

  3. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  4. 2014 VMAs Winners: Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry & More

    August 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Even if the VMAs are more about jaw-dropping performances , wardrobe malfunctions and unexpected moments (um... Katy Perry and Riff Raff channeling Britney & Justin ) than handing out awards, the annual MTV ceremony still finds a lot of artists taking home hardware.  MTV VMAs:  News  …

  5. Miley Cyrus Turns VMAs Acceptance Speech Into Plea for Homeless Youth

    August 24, 2014 10:54 PM EDT One year after her twerkfest defined the 2013 VMAs, Miley Cyrus stole the show at the VMAs once again. After winning the night's biggest award, Miley sent up her mystery date to accept the Video of the Year Award for "Wrecking Ball." But instead of patting the industry on its…

  6. Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' at the MTV VMAs With Nicki Minaj

    August 24, 2014 10:15 PM EDT Usher -- a true VMA veteran -- stirred up anticipation for his upcoming studio album with the third VMA performance of his two-decade career. This time around, Usher Raymond IV enlisted a fellow superstar to share the spotlight. Nicki Minaj brought some extra swag to the stage as the pair…

  7. Common Leads Moment of Silence for Ferguson at VMAs

    August 24, 2014 10:03 PM EDT Common has been one of the most outspoken, reliably honest voices in music since the '90s, so it was fitting that the Chicago rapper took the stage at the 2014 VMAs to address the tragedy and ongoing tensions in Ferguson, Mo. MTV VMAs: News | Photos | Winners List "Hip-hop has…

  8. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

  9. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Shine in 'Bang Bang' Music Video

    August 24, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Minutes after Jessie J , Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj combined to perform their new smash "Bang Bang" for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24), the official music video for the Top 10 hit was unveiled online, and the clip did not disappoint.…

  10. Charli XCX Strikes with 'Boom Clap' During MTV VMAs Pre-Show

    August 24, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Three months after taking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage with Iggy Azalea to perform their Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Fancy," Charli XCX blasted through her own solo Top 10 hit during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter tore through "Boom Clap…

  11. MTV VMAs to Feature Ferguson Public Service Announcements

    August 24, 2014 3:59 PM EDT One clip is a 15-second quiet reflection on the civil rights protests. A 15-second clip directly addressing the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., is set to air during the commercial time of the main show at the raucous MTV Video Music Awards , a network rep confirmed to The Hollywood…

  12. Wanted Rapper, Reality Star Lashes Out At NYPD

    August 23, 2014 4:10 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A rap and reality television star is lashing out at police who say he's wanted for roughing up his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cellphone. Joe Budden directed his ire at the New York Police Department via Twitter on Saturday after it sent out his picture and asked the…

  13. Listen: Fifth Harmony Unveils Sassy New Song ‘Them Girls Be Like’

    August 23, 2014 2:53 PM EDT “Them Girls Be Like” references everything from "Mean Girls” to Beyonce. Fifth Harmony has dropped some new music ahead of their pre-show performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Fifth Harmony Live: Watch 'Bo$$' Performance & New Song 'We Know'…

  14. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  15. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  16. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  17. Chris Brown Drops Diplo-Produced 'X' Title Track

    August 22, 2014 4:26 PM EDT With Chris Brown 's long-delayed X album dropping Sept. 16 , the R&B star just revealed the title track to his upcoming sixth album. "X" -- produced by Billboard's current cover star Diplo -- finds Breezy in decidedly EDM territory. Although his voice is restrained and…

  18. Taylor Swift, Charli XCX & Nicki Minaj: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 12

    August 22, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  19. Coldplay's 'True Love' Video: Watch Chris Martin Play an Inflatable Janitor

    August 22, 2014 3:04 PM EDT "True Love" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris Martin these days, but it is the title of the latest video from Coldplay 's Ghost Stories. Should Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime? In the clip, Martin plays a mild…

  20. Vote: Which 2014 VMA Performance Are You Most Excited For?

    August 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Every year the MTV VMAs roll out an A-list parade of performers to move the crowd while the network doles out Moonman Awards. But let's be honest: All VMA performances are not created equal. While 2013 boasted an 'N Sync reunion and the Twerk Heard Around the World , no one's…

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