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By Gil Kaufman
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It hasn’t been since NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees first dominated the pop charts more than a decade ago that we’ve seen such a surge of guy group domination — that is until now.
From The Wanted joining forces with Justin Bieber to the Jonas Brothers’ reunion show, it’s safe to say that boy bands are back in a big way. And there’s no question that leading the pack is “X Factor” U.K. alums One Direction.
In 2012, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson took the U.S. (and world) by storm — dropping two #1 albums, selling out Madison Square Garden in 10 minutes, winning three Video Music Awards, and taking the title as MTV’s Best Artist of the Year.
“We’ve had a big year,” Malik told MTV News when accepting MTV‘s year-end award.
And with so many milestones in 2012, the fivesome had a hard time pinpointing just one moment as their favorite.
“I think it’s always a really hard question when we get asked our top moment,” Styles explained. “Madison Square Garden was definitely one of the top things we’ve ever done and will ever do. I think it just topped off an amazing year for us, and it’s just been amazing.”
Another unforgettable accomplishment for 1D was at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Not only did the guys perform their smash hit “One Thing,” but they took home the Moonman for Most Share-Worthy Video, Best Pop Video and Best New Artist. Plus, how could we forget: Horan snagged a kiss from Katy Perry. “The VMAs [were] unbelievable,” Styles recalled.
What was your favorite 1D moment from 2012? Sound off in the comments below!
Throughout its 20-year history doling out Golden Popcorns to cinema’s most deserving stars, the MTV Movie Awards have played host to a fair share of rebels (Sasha Baron Cohen and his mostly bare bottom come to mind), but on April 14, a very different sort of rebel will take center stage: actress Rebel Wilson.
The “Pitch Perfect” scene-stealer will star in the role of host at the MTV Movie Awards, airing live from the Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, California, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
American audiences first became acquainted with the Australian actress, thanks to her breakout role as the interloping sister of Kristen Wiig‘s roommate in the 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids.” She’s since gone on to collect a number of big-screen credits including “Bachelorette,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and, most recently, “Pitch Perfect,” in which she played college a cappella singer Fat Amy.
During Thursday’s “Jersey Shore” series finale, viewers got a taste of what a Wilson-starring Movie Awards could look like by way of a short trailer co-starring her “Bridesmaids” castmate and friend Matt Lucas. (Watch the full-length trailer above!)
Wilson, however, is no noob to the MTV awards circuit. She memorably appeared at this year’s Video Music Awards, clad in a bikini T-shirt and snacking on potato chips, to present the Best Female Video nominees alongside Brit band The Wanted.
Who had the year’s hottest kiss? The most bad-ass fight? Which Hollywood star will own the Golden Popcorn this year? Find out at the MTV Movie Awards, starring Rebel Wilson, live on April 14, 2013!
In just two short months, Korean pop star Psy has gone from a relative unknown in the United States to having the #1 song on iTunes with his massive hit “Gangnam Style.” He has taken the nation by storm, acquiring a new legion of die-hard fans and some A-list admirers as well, even if he is unsure of who they are.
“I was at the VMA and I was sitting down at the chair and someone asked me ‘Hey, how much your music video cost? Hey, who write that track?’ and I said ‘I wrote that track’ and he said, ‘Oh yea? Wow,’ but I didn’t recognize who he was,” Psy recently told MTV News. “And suddenly when they announced, ‘The winner is Drake’ and then he stands up. ‘Oh is that Drake?’ So Drake asked me something and I was like ‘Who is he? Am I nuts?’ So after he came back I said ‘Drake I’m so sorry.”
Shortly after his appearance at the Video Music Awards, Psy made a stop at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he taught the host and Britney Spears his signature dance moves. Psy admitted that that even though he’s been making television appearances for years in Korea, this one in particular made him extremely nervous.
“At the ‘Ellen’ show at the back screen I was waiting alone and I can see them sitting Ellen and Britney and Simon [Cowell] so I was like, ‘Wow’ I’ve done this for 12 years, but suddenly I’m getting nervous,” Psy said. “What am I doing I’m getting nervous in 12 years. I felt like the very first year in Korea.”
And since then it seems like everyone wants to learn his inescapable galloping horse dance that he portrays in the “Gangnam Style” video. However, there is one person in particular Psy really wants to see “dressing classy and dancing cheesy.”
“My manager, his name is Scooter Braun. He is a really good friend of Usher so when I was in L.A. Usher called Scooter Braun and we talked on the phone,” Psy said. “I asked Usher, ‘Hey Usher if we met sometime I want to teach you how to dance’ and he says ‘What? Me! Me? Usher’ and he was laughing all over ‘All right, teach me sometime.’ “
Yet, the celebrity encounter that has Psy most excited is the possibility of meeting one of his favorite movie stars, Tom Cruise. Recently, Cruise tweeted about his obsession with “Gangnam Style” asking his followers if his “Tropic Thunder” character, Les Grossman, should learn the dance. Well, Tom, if you want Psy to teach you lesson, you may have to do something in return.
“I heard that Tom Cruise tweeted about me. He followed me. Tom Cruise, ‘Mission Impossible.’ Tom Cruise, ‘Top Gun,’ ” Psy said. “So if I have a chance I would like to learn some English from Tom Cruise.”
Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In less than a month, Psy has appeared at the Video Music Awards, the “Today” show, appeared in the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” and currently has the #1 song on the iTunes charts.
In what was meant to be a music video just for Psy’s Korean fanbase, the clip’s infectious dance moves soon sparked an Internet firestorm, with nearly 200 million people on YouTube watching the colorful, spontaneous and sometimes ridiculous music video that was shot over the course of 48 hours in July.
“With this video and director we kept on focusing on to be ridiculous as possible, that was our point,” Psy recently told MTV News about the video. “So we were so serious thinking to be ridiculous.”
With so many unexpected twists and turns throughout the four-minute clip, we had Psy break down his favorite scenes and explain the thought process behind the “dress classy and dance cheesy” phenomenon.
The video kicks off with Psy lounging in style at the beach, but as the camera zooms out, one can see that Psy is sunbathing at a local playground and is joined by an extremely talented child dancer.
“This is playground for kids, and it looks like I’m sitting at the beach,” Psy said. “See this kid he is 5 years old. As you have ‘America’s Got Talent,’ we have ‘Korea‘s Got Talent’ and he was from there, so I picked him, and he did all the Michael Jackson moves when he was 3 without any education.”
Rapping and dancing for 48 hours straight can take a lot out of you, which is what happened to Psy. Once they began filming the final scene at the sauna, the Korean star was out of creative ideas and opted to nap instead.
“This was the very last scene of filming so me and all the staff was totally exhausted and too ridiculous for 48 hours without sleeping, it’s awful and we were all exhausted,” Psy said. “We were getting panic like ‘What were we doing all these two days?’ and everybody is like ‘what are we going to do in the sauna?’ and let’s just go in and play music and as you can see I was so tired.”
When creating this video there was one thing that Psy just couldn’t ignore — a woman’s butt. In the scene where a group of women seem to be toning their bodies, Psy yells at them, but he promises, it’s all in good fun.
“I’m yelling at her butt,” Psy said. “I want to tell you the reason why for the first time in the United States: honestly, I love butt. I’m sorry, but I literally love butt. Honestly, what can I say?”
For one of the most-talked-about scenes in the video, Psy enlisted friend and Korean comedian Noh Hong-cheol to step in, even if he had no idea what he was getting in to.
“He is a huge comedian in Korea and he didn’t expect even filming this, he just came to the scene and he was there because he’s a good friend of mine and he was there to cheer me up,” Psy said. “We were suddenly getting on the elevator to move and to the next spot and I asked him ‘Hey, why don’t we make some film in the elevator?’ and he did the dance move. This move is really dirty and really famous in Korea so I said, ‘I’m gonna go underneath between your legs,’ so it was really ad-libbed.”
In what looks to be a close-up shot of Psy fiercely rapping the lyrics to “Gangnam Style,” the camera quickly pans out to reveal Psy in an awkward position.
“The purpose of this music video was just for fun, just for entertaining, but the director said ‘Hey Psy just for one scene let’s be serious let’s make something look good so,” Psy said. “They filmed this and I said, ‘All right, I’ll do this to satisfy you and then I’m going to take off my pants, and then you’re going to zoom out and it’s going to be a toilet.’ Isn’t this lovely? I love this scene.”
What is your favorite scene in “Gangnam Style”? Let us know in the comments.
Following his appearance at the Video Music Awards, Psy has taught Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres his signature dance moves and had the crowd screaming “Hey, sexy lady” during his performance on the “Today” show.
With his overnight success and newfound U.S. fanbase, many admirers have taken it upon themselves to create parody videos of the viral hit. Yet, there is one “Gangnam Style” video that may have backfired. Last month, 13 El Monte, California, lifeguards and their supervisor lost their jobs after posting their video spoof, “Lifeguard Style,” while using the city’s pool facilities without permission.
On Friday (September 14) Psy, who just signed with Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records, stopped by MTV News and admitted he is willing to help out the group of lifeguards.
“Unfortunately, I’m a rookie here. When I become a big star here, I really want to help them out because that’s not fair. I don’t think so,” Psy said. “What did they do? They weren’t wrong? I think it was off duty — that’s what I heard. They can be more flexible to each other.”
The video, which has more than 150 million YouTube views, was edited and posted on August 26 by Michael Roa, who worked at the El Monte Aquatic Center for seven years.
“We were trying out some dance moves,” Roa told the L.A. Times “We didn’t think we did anything offensive.”
L.A. Times reached out to Mayor Andre Quintero, who admitted that it was “a very good parody,” but still wasn’t considering giving them their jobs back.
“If these employees wanted to produce a video for their own enjoyment and memories, they could have asked for permission and shared the video with their family and friends,” he said. “Using a medium that is less public.”
Yet, Psy feels that these college-aged students, who are attempting to win back their jobs, should get a second chance and has a message for Mayor Quintero.
“If you may know me or not, but if you know me and if not sooner you’re going to know me, I’m begging you to not fire please,” Psy pleaded. “Because they were enjoying their souls with some other cultures and it was even off duty… so please if you know me. “
Do you think these lifeguards should get their jobs back? Let us know in the comments.
Last night’s Video Music Awards may have been all about the music for the most part, but “Twilight” fans got a little something for themselves, when a few of the cast members presented the final trailer for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”
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The finale looks like it will be an epic one. As fans know, the ending has been beefed up a bit with some extra vampire-versus-vampire action, and we see plenty of that in this final trailer.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ hits theaters on November 16.
What was your favorite part of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
The British boy band literally jumped for joy when Ke$ha and Wiz Khalifa announced that they had won the fan-voted Moonman for Best New Artist. After rushing to the stage, it was Zayn Malik who stepped up and thanked everyone involved in 1D’s fantastic journey that brought them to the VMA stage tonight.
“I guess we’d just like to say a massive thank-you to each and every single one of you in here today,” Malik said. “Also to all of our fans, friends, family and also the people who work with us day in, day out backstage with us: our crew. We have an amazing crew. We have so many people to thank, so I’m going to pass it to Harry.”
On cue, Harry Styles took the microphone from his fellow bandmember to sum up how the British pop band felt about sweeping their first Video Music Awards.
“To win one Moonman is amazing. To win two is incredible, and to perform is absolutely ridiculous, so thank so much for having us,” he said. “Thank you everyone in our team. We love you so much. Thank you.”
Tonight was without a doubt one of the biggest nights of 1D’s career. Styles, Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson brought the VMAs pre-show to a close by taking home the Most Share-Worthy Video award (also voted for by fans) and then went on to win the Best Pop Video Moonman. And who can forget their fantastic debut VMA performance singing “One Thing”?
The Best New Artist category featured some pretty stiff competition this year. One Direction managed to defeat their friendly rivals the Wanted (“Glad You Came”), and also won out over Frank Ocean (“Swim Good”), fun. (featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”).
Hopefully, these big wins bode well for the rest of 1D’s 2012. Their new single, “Live While We’re Young,” debuts October 1, while their sophomore album, Take Me Home, hits stores November 13.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were a blast! Stick with MTV for continued coverage of everything that happened onstage, backstage and behind-the-scenes.
It took nine years. And learning how to ride a unicycle. And, oh yeah, writing a typically kick-ass tune and brainstorming a wacked-out video that is silly and sad and marvelous to look at. But Coldplay is finally a Video Music Awards champion again.
The British band took home the 2012 Moonman for Best Rock Video during a live-streamed ceremony, presented by MTV News’ James Montgomery and MTV Buzzworthy’s Tamar Anitai, in the midst of the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night (September 6). Chris Martin and his crew won for “Paradise,” a stellar track off their 2011 album, Mylo Xyloto.
With the triumph, Coldplay bested the likes of the Black Keys (and their viral smash, “Lonely Boy”), Linkin Park‘s special effects-laden nod to some of Hollywood’s geekiest blockbusters, “BURN IT DOWN,” and first-time nominee Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time.”
“Paradise” features Martin, dressed in a plushy elephant costume, escaping the confines of a zoo, hitching a ride on an airplane, hopping aboard that unicycle and peddling furiously to find his fellow humanoid-elephant creatures in South Africa. Part travelogue, part childlike escapist fantasy, part mushy family-reunion saga, the video rises to become more than the sum of its jagged parts, not least because Martin’s sonorous vocals have a way of twanging your heart strings.
Moreover, that voices makes you think, Bro, we’re all just elephants trapped in our own cages and, seriously dude, if we could just run free, the ice caps would stop melting and no one would go hungry again. Just as important to the video’s pop-art success, there’s a witty undercurrent rippling through what could seem like, if you were describing the video to your buddy in a bar, a farcical concept: the elephant, stashed away on an airplane, reaches out with his truck to scoop up some spilled peanuts; later his trunk pokes out from a luggage trunk in which he’s hiding.
The Best Rock Video win marks Coldplay’s fifth Moonman and its first since “The Scientist” nabbed three trophies in 2003, including Breakthrough Video and Best Group Video. Since then, and until this year’s show, the band had come up short a number of times at the VMAs, most recently in 2010 when their effort for “Strawberry Swing” lost out on a Breakthrough Video award to the Black Keys‘ “Tighten Up.” It’s hard to believe that one of the biggest bands on the planet hadn’t won Best Rock Video until now. There Martin goes, unicycling into history.
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We are just hours away from the final trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” which will debut during the Video Music Awards tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT and immediately after on MTV.com. In preparation for the preview, we’ve been taking a look back at the trailers that got us to this point, and for our final installment, we revisit the beginning of the end.
When word came down that “Breaking Dawn,” the final book of Stephenie Meyer‘s series, would be broken up into two films, there was concern that the two-part saga would be a little front heavy. All of the book’s most-talked-about moments occurred in the first half and would likely show up in the first movie.
With so many water cooler moments in “Breaking Dawn,” what would be in the trailer? Would Bella’s wedding dress make an appearance? Would there be a tease of Bella and Edward’s first night together on their honeymoon? What about the gruesome birth scene?
A short teaser for “Part 1,” which debuted the summer before the film’s November release date during the MTV Movie Awards, focused on the wedding with a tease of Bella’s pregnancy at the end.
Then, on September 13, the final trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ went online and gave us a fuller preview of what we could expect from the first part of the finale. The preview teased all of the juiciest moments from the book in addition to giving us a sense of the larger conflict.
Again, the trailer opens with scenes from the wedding everyone had been waiting for. We saw the decorations and Edward at the altar, but Bella’s gown would have to wait until the final film.
The focus then shifts to the honeymoon and the night of passion that was sure to delight fans.
But as we know, when a vampire and a mortal love each other very, very much, babies happen, and sometimes those babies possess superhuman strength. The second half of the “Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ trailer dealt with the Renesmee situation. The fetus was drawing all of the nutrients away from Bella, who began to slowly die at the hands of her unborn child.
The trailer closes with a glimpse of the traumatic birth scene, which promised to be one of the most controversial moments in the series to date.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are set to go live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. But before it all goes down, don’t miss our “Jersey Shore” special “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. and our pre-show with Demi Lovato at 7 p.m.! And head over to VMA.MTV.com to vote on Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video!
Which “Twilight” trailer got you pumped for its respective movie? Tell us your favorite in the comments!