Demi tells MTV News why she’s looking forward to Britney’s VMA tribute.
By Jocelyn Vena
Britney Spears is set to get the tribute treatment this Sunday at the 2011 Video Music Awards. At 29, she may be younger than your typical awards show tribute subject, but looking back at Brit’s catalog of great videos and memorable VMA moments, we think she deserves it.
As part of the new generation of pop stars following in Britney’s footsteps, Demi Lovato is pretty excited to see how the icon will be honored on Sunday night.
“Who isn’t a Britney Spears fan?” Lovato asked, just days before the show goes live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. “My favorite Britney Spears song is ‘I Wanna Go,’ ’cause it’s the latest song that she has and I love it.”
Since Spears first took the VMA stage back in 1999, alongside ‘NSYNC, she’s managed to rack up five performances and take home four Moonmen, the first of which was back in 2008, over 11 years after her first appearance on the show. At this year’s show, she’s up for two awards for her video for “Till The World Ends,” Best Pop Video and Best Choreography.
Demi has a simpler reason for a Britney tribute: ” ‘Cause she’s the ultimate pop star; nobody can touch her,” Lovato said. “She’s been around for such a long time now and she’s the epitome of pop. So when I think of pop music, I think of her.”
While Demi is gushing about Brit’s long pop career, she’s poised to launch the next phase of her own. She will drop her album Unbroken next month. Its lead single, “Skyscraper,” rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released earlier this summer.
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The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.
Jam-loving rockers would welcome a drop-in by Jay-Z or Kanye West, though.
By Gil Kaufman
CHICAGO — Lollapalooza planners couldn’t have come up with a pair of headliners for Saturday night (August 6) that are more diametrically opposed then Eminem and mind-expanding Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket. It’s one of those bookings that makes things a little easier on fans who were torn on Friday night between the bombastic prog rock of Muse and the crowd-pleasing arena rock of countrymen Coldplay.
But even with the stiff competition from Slim Shady at the other end of the grounds, on Saturday morning a confident Jim James said he was sure his band’s fans would find their way to the north end of the field.
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“We’re just planning on having a good time and up the ante with our own smiles, just with our winning personalities,” said frontman James when asked if the group would try to top their stunning 2007 main-stage performance, which included members of the Chicago Youth Symphony. No such stunts are planned for Saturday night’s show.
Frankly, with the forecast calling for major rainstorms, James said he was just hoping for the best. “We just pray and hope that the spirits are with us, because sometimes a lot of this stuff is out of your control, depending on what the weather wants to do, what the forces are like.”
After attending Lollapalooza in 1994 (and seeing the Verve and Flaming Lips on the second stage) as a high school sophomore, James said he’s just blown away to be headlining this year, but he’s not sweating the face-off with Eminem. “I think people will know in their soul what they want to hear,” he laughed.
But if they could swing it, wouldn’t it be cool to beat Marshall at his own game and bring out someone like hometown rap legend Kanye West, or say, Jay-Z, who was rumored to be in town this weekend? “I wish, that’s an open invite,” he chuckled.
Like many Lolla performers, the members of MMJ had their eyes on a couple of other bands they wanted to check out. Bassist Tom Blankenship was hoping to see the musically split-personality Ween, who were slated to play on the same stage just before MMJ. “Super-excited, I’ve never seen them,” Blankenship said, though James was bummed that he was going to miss a set by Cee Lo Green, who was booked at the same time as Ween at the other end of the park.
Hmm, a tough musical call. Why does that ring a bell?
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