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By Wesley Case | August 29, 2011
When we look back at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we will remember two things: 1) This Jessie J thing is not going to happen, America, but it wasn't for lack of effort, and 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby. For a two-and-a-half hour show, you'd think there'd be more memories, but this year's event lacked the electricity it somehow musters up each year. The water coolers are extra quiet this morning. I live-tweeted the show from my Louder Now account. Here's a look back at last night's show in random spurts of reaction and head-shaking: •••• Lady Gaga's opening number proved she's still worth watching, no matter the context.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2013
In the summer of 2008, When Leora Friedman was 15 and her sister Ariela was 19, the sisters led a song-writing workshop for patients and families of the Hackerman-Patz House, a Baltimore residence for children receiving limb-lengthening surgery at Sinai Hospital. Working with a $500 grant from the Johns Hopkins University, the Friedman sisters donated instruments, wrote songs and performed with the seriously ill youngsters. The result was an album, "A Friend Like You," filled with original songs.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2013
In the summer of 2008, When Leora Friedman was 15 and her sister Ariela was 19, the sisters led a song-writing workshop for patients and families of the Hackerman-Patz House, a Baltimore residence for children receiving limb-lengthening surgery at Sinai Hospital. Working with a $500 grant from the Johns Hopkins University, the Friedman sisters donated instruments, wrote songs and performed with the seriously ill youngsters. The result was an album, "A Friend Like You," filled with original songs.
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By Wesley Case | August 29, 2011
When we look back at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we will remember two things: 1) This Jessie J thing is not going to happen, America, but it wasn't for lack of effort, and 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby. For a two-and-a-half hour show, you'd think there'd be more memories, but this year's event lacked the electricity it somehow musters up each year. The water coolers are extra quiet this morning. I live-tweeted the show from my Louder Now account. Here's a look back at last night's show in random spurts of reaction and head-shaking: •••• Lady Gaga's opening number proved she's still worth watching, no matter the context.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 5, 1991
Eight years ago, when MTV assembled its first Video Music Awards shows, the cable operation was looking for two things: first, a chance to recognize and reward the year's most interesting and entertaining music videos (something no other music award show did); and, second, an excuse to get a lot of rock stars in front of cameras at the same time.Much has changed since then, of course. Both the Grammys and the American Music Awards have video categories now, and MTV no longer needs an excuse to invite rock stars on the air. But the only thing that ever seems to change about MTV's Video Music Awards bash is its size -- the damned thing just keeps getting bigger.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 7, 2000
It used to be that all the producers of MTV's annual Video Music Awards show had to worry about was what the guests might say. Now they fret over what the stars will wear. Last year, for instance, rapper Lil' Kim turned up in an outfit that left half her dM-icolletage hanging out (though her outfit did include a color-coordinated pasty). And, as the show's executive producer, Salli Frat- tini, admits, "Over the years, people have tried to one-up something that happened the year before."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 10, 1998
People remember different things about MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast.In addition to the expected trophy-distribution rituals, each program features comedy bits, celebrity cameos and performances by some of the biggest names in pop music. This year's show -- which airs live from Los Angeles at 8 this evening -- has Ben Stiller as its host and will include music and mayhem from such stars as Madonna, the Beastie Boys, David Spade, Tyra Banks and Jackie Chan.Some people remember the comedians who played host and will argue passionately over who was lamer, Dana Carvey or Arsenio Hall.
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September 9, 2004
"I felt like I was trying to push the envelope. That was my punishment, and this is my reward." -- Jay-Z, accepting the award for best rap video at the MTV Video Music Awards for his jarring video for "99 Problems"
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By Sean Patrick Norris and Sean Patrick Norris,Sun reporter | December 9, 2007
These days, comparisons to Michael Jackson are not automatically categorized as compliments. But for hip-hop/R&B performer Chris Brown, those commenting on the resemblance to the Gloved One see an inventiveness, a cleverness of dance style that was last exhibited during the Thriller era. Publications including Newsweek and the Detroit Free Press have made the comparison that Brown himself courted, performing "Billie Jean" and other Jackson classics during...
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By BRITTANY BAUHAUS | May 18, 2006
Panic Channel The Panic Channel, composed of Dave Navarro (formerly of Jane's Addiction), Stephen Perkins, Steve Isaacs and Chris Chaney, will hit the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington on Wednesday. Openers are Bullets and Octane. The super-group formed when Navarro met Isaacs at a bar while celebrating at an MTV Video Music Awards show. The two kept in touch and soon got together for a jam session. The guys formed a band with Perkins and Chaney soon thereafter. Tickets cost $15. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 7, 2000
It used to be that all the producers of MTV's annual Video Music Awards show had to worry about was what the guests might say. Now they fret over what the stars will wear. Last year, for instance, rapper Lil' Kim turned up in an outfit that left half her dM-icolletage hanging out (though her outfit did include a color-coordinated pasty). And, as the show's executive producer, Salli Frat- tini, admits, "Over the years, people have tried to one-up something that happened the year before."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 10, 1998
People remember different things about MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast.In addition to the expected trophy-distribution rituals, each program features comedy bits, celebrity cameos and performances by some of the biggest names in pop music. This year's show -- which airs live from Los Angeles at 8 this evening -- has Ben Stiller as its host and will include music and mayhem from such stars as Madonna, the Beastie Boys, David Spade, Tyra Banks and Jackie Chan.Some people remember the comedians who played host and will argue passionately over who was lamer, Dana Carvey or Arsenio Hall.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 5, 1991
Eight years ago, when MTV assembled its first Video Music Awards shows, the cable operation was looking for two things: first, a chance to recognize and reward the year's most interesting and entertaining music videos (something no other music award show did); and, second, an excuse to get a lot of rock stars in front of cameras at the same time.Much has changed since then, of course. Both the Grammys and the American Music Awards have video categories now, and MTV no longer needs an excuse to invite rock stars on the air. But the only thing that ever seems to change about MTV's Video Music Awards bash is its size -- the damned thing just keeps getting bigger.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 6, 2001
It's not whether you snare an award that means the most at MTV's Video Music Awards. It's how many bleeped words you spew - or how much flesh you show. In the last few years, the next day's water-cooler chat has centered on whether Britney's nearly naked dance seemed erotic or desperate. And whether Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst dissed Christina Aguilera in their dishy duet. For this year's show (tonight at 9 on MTV) rumor has it that Britney will perform "I'm a Slave 4 U" surrounded by circus animals.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 11, 2007
YOU KNOW THE Grammys are on shaky ground when viewers would rather watch pitch-challenged amateurs on American Idol than multi-platinum, even legendary superstars. With recent ratings shrinking, the event advertised as "Music's Biggest Night" has become progressively smaller. The 49th annual Grammy Awards, airing live tonight, face myriad struggles: infinite audience fragmentation, competition from a glut of televised celebrity spectacles and the over-saturation of a pop culture whose disposability rivals Kleenex.
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