Usher and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘She Came to Give It to You’ at VMAs

Nicki Minaj and Usher

Usher delivered a white-hot performance of “She Came to Give It to You” at Sunday’s VMAs. The R&B crooner was joined by a full band and Nicki Minaj, who strut out in a fur top. Ursh played the bass and even Nicki’s booty during his funky set.

But that wasn’t all. During the VMAs, he also announced his upcoming world tour, “The UR Experience,” and dropped a new single called “Believe Me.”

A teaser of the video for “She Came to Give It to You” was also shown during the pre-show.

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Sam Smith Performs ‘Stay With Me’ at VMAs

Sam Smith

Sam Smith brought some soul to the VMAs. Following an introduction from his “friend” Kim Kardashian West, the British crooner served up his single “Stay With Me,” wowing audience members including Jennifer Lopez with his angelic voice.

Backstage, he caught up with Beyoncé and watched the rest of the show alongside Katy Perry.

Watch his soulful set below.

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Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, & Jessie J Open 2014 VMAs

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj kicked off the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with some major girl power. The ladies joined forces for a nearly seven-minute set at L.A.’s Forum on Sunday.

Ariana emerged from a spaceship to her single “Break Free,” followed by Nicki, who unleashed a jaw-dropping performance of “Anaconda” live on stage, with her booty on full display.

Jessie J capped things off with “Bang Bang” before being joined by Ari and Nicki for the big finale. Nicki held tight to her dress to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

Watch their dazzling opening number below.

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Red Carpet


From Ariana to Usher, the stars were shining bright at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in L.A. on Sunday. Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and rock royalty paraded down the red carpet in some show-stopping looks.

Before opening the show, Jessie J was a goddess in a green Grecian gown, while her “bang Bang” collaborator Ariana Grande looked fierce in a tight black Moschino zipper outfit with thigh-high boots. She posed for photos with her grandmother before scurrying inside.

Amber Rose showed plenty of skin in a revealing beaded dress while walking hand-in-hand with her husband Wiz Khalifa.

Solange channeled Diana Ross with her big hair and black pantsuit, while Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks were matching in all white.

Nicki Minaj shimmered in an animal-print mini-dress and Iggy Azalea stunned in a silver Versace gown.

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Suge Knight Shot During Pre-VMA Party

Suge Knight

A pre-VMA party turned violent in the early hours of Sunday, leaving three people injured including Suge Knight.

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Who’s Seated Where at the 2014 VMAs

Lil Wayne and Beyoncé

The VMAs are just days away, but MTV is keeping the performances under wraps. However, we can tell you where some of your favorite stars will be sitting at L.A.’s Forum come Sunday.

Before being honored with the Video Vanguard Award, Queen Bey will take her throne in the front row, just seats away from Lil Wayne.

The “Krazy” rapper will watch the festivities alongside his Young Money sister Nicki Minaj, who’s seated next to pop princesses Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

After he hits the stage with Nicki, Usher will rub elbows with fellow performer Jessie J, while Tyga and his YMCMB labelmate Austin Mahone are in the row behind.

When Bey takes the stage, her Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and the pregnant Kelly Rowland will be cheering her on from the audience.

Seven-time nominee Iggy Azalea will perform “Black Widow” with Rita Ora and take a seat next to her “Problem” pal Ariana Grande.

While there’s no sign of Rihanna, her ex Chris Brown will be seated alongside British crooner Sam Smith, whose hit “Stay With Me” Breezy recently covered on Instagram.

Check out some of the seating arrangements below.

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James Franco Interviews Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea for VMA Special

Nicki Minaj

In honor of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, VMA performers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea sit down with entertainment tabloid TV host Dave Skylark, played by The Interview star James Franco, for “Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special.”

During the 30-minute program, the uninformed Skylark asks the Aussie rapper if she knows Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and questions Nicki about her song “Super Bass,” or “Superb Ass” as he calls it, making for some funny and uncomfortable moments.

Jason Derulo also joins Skylark during the promo, which airs Sunday, August 17, at 9 p.m. on MTV.

Iggy will perform “Black Widow” with Rita Ora at the VMAs, while Nicki will treat viewers to the first performance of “Anaconda.”

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