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Chelsea Handler to host MTV’s Video Music Awards

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Chelsea Handler Reveals She’s Hosting 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

For one special evening, Chelsea Handler is bringing her late-night raunch to primetime: Handler will be hosting the MTV Video Music Awards. The comedienne announced the gig on her E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” on Wednesday (August 18).

“Everyone knows that when you think of rap music and hip-hop you think of ‘Chelsea Lately.’ And that’s why I will be hosting [the show],” Handler quipped, before urging her staff to vie for the extra tickets MTV gave her. “Let the ass-kissing begin,” the funnywoman smiled.

Handler will work the mic at this year’s awards show, which airs live from Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. This is the first time the L.A.-based star will host the event where celebs like Lady Gaga, Eminem, Drake, Usher and Katy Perry are up for Moonmen. Among the performers set to hit the stage are Kanye West, B.o.B, Florence and the Machine and Handler’s sometime suitor, Justin Bieber.

The talk-show diva is the latest in a long list of comics to handling host duties at the VMAs. In 1985, Eddie Murphy took the cameras backstage at Radio City Music Hall and surprised guests with an impromptu visit to the ladies room. Arsenio Hall presided over the festivities four years in a row, armed with a collection of Day-Glo suits and a quick wit that sparked the requisite “roo, roo, roo!” chorus from the crowd. Fellow late-night comic Jimmy Fallon kicked-off his 2002 hosting duties with an amped-up musical number. Chris Rock helped MTV turn 20 in 2003, delivering a memorable opening monologue that rivaled the infamous Madonna-Britney Spears-Christina Aguilera smooch. Potty-mouthed Brit Russell Brand flexed his skills on two different coasts; hosting in Hollywood in 2008 and returning the next year to helm the VMA’s 2009 New York City homecoming.

What do you think of Chelsea Handler hosting the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards? Sound off in the comments below!

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can go to VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 if they are Verizon subscribers) to vote for the winners from now through September 12.

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August 19, 2010 Posted by | Chelsea Handler, MTV Music Awards, VMA's | Comments Off on Chelsea Handler to host MTV’s Video Music Awards

Kanye West doesn’t care about white country singers.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The MTV video music awards held on Sunday paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson, but was overshadowed by an outburst by rapper Kanye West, who interrupted an acceptance speech by U.S. singer Taylor Swift.

West, who is known for his outspoken ways, jumped up on stage while the 19-year-old Swift was making an acceptance speech for best female video for her hit song “You Belong With Me,” beating out singers including Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga.

“I am really happy for you,” West said. “But Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”

MTV said West, who was spotted earlier on the red carpet drinking alcohol, was ejected from an awards show already known for its circus-like atmosphere. West received loud boos from the crowd when his name was mentioned later in the show.

West apologized on his website. “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom,” he wrote. “… I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!”

Beyonce took the show’s top honor — video of the year — for her single “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” before recalling her first MTV award with her old band, Destiny’s Child, and calling back Swift to the Radio City Music Hall stage to finish her acceptance speech.

“I would like Taylor to come out and have her moment,” she said, before the country music star reappeared and thanked her fans.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Taylor Swift, VMA's | | Comments Off on Kanye West doesn’t care about white country singers.