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MTV Video Music Awards could see a Nicki-Miley showdown

The MTV Video Music Awards are the only awards show out there where courting controversy and providing spectacle are just as - if not more - important than passing out trophies.

The Weeknd clears away the haze for 'Beauty Behind the Madness'

"Foggy," "murky," "bleary" - those were the words that once described Abel Tesfaye's work as the Weeknd, in which this Canadian singer used moody, open-ended R&B arrangements to deliver clouded confessions (or were they boasts?) about living in a haze of illegal drugs and ill-advised sex.

Live Nation, L.A. County officials announce changes to upcoming dance music concerts

After the drug-related deaths of two young women at this year's HARD Summer music festival at the Pomona Fairplex, festival organizers Live Nation and L.A. County officials announced one concert cancellation and a significant downscaling of another future event.

How FKA Twigs crashed the alphas-of-pop party

Last weekend's FYF Fest was long on young men making all kinds of noise: ecstatic, squeaky, dull, thrilling and obvious. But the harshest sound I heard came near midnight on Sunday, during the last 30 minutes of the festival.

When Kanye West told George Bush that Black Lives Matter

T en years ago, Kanye West publicly accused George W. Bush of thinking that Black Lives Didn't Matter. As we look back at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, it is amazing how much things have both changed and stayed the same....

MTV Video Music Awards: Nicki Minaj to open the show -- so all is forgiven?

Nicki Minaj will open the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced late Thursday.

As Taylor Swift's L.A. run closes, she remains master of fan connection

After attending three of Taylor Swift's five sold-out shows at Staples Center, there are several elements that likely will stay with this writer for some time: the sheer boldness of her show-opening performance of "Welcome to New York" against a striking black-and-white Manhattan skyline backdrop,...

Taylor Swift's 'musical crush' Justin Timberlake helps her end historic Staples Center run

Early into the final night of a five-show run of sold-out concerts at Staples Center on Thursday, Taylor Swift made a promise to the nearly 15,000 fans.

Jerry Heller hints at litigation after seeing 'Straight Outta Compton'

As one of the main behind-the-scenes players in the rise of Ruthless Records and its banner act, N.W.A, the music executive Jerry Heller has remained notably mum about his portrayal in the rap group's recent biopic, "Straight Outta Compton."

Here's who gave Taylor Swift 'all the feels' at her latest Staples Center gig

Taylor Swift's parade of guest stars rolled on Tuesday night at Staples Center with surprise appearances by John Legend, Beck and St. Vincent. "I heard @johnlegend and Chrissy were on the way to the show & called and asked if John felt like playing 'All of Me,'" Swift tweeted after Tuesday's concert,...

Andrea Swift, Taylor's mom, gets rock star welcome in L.A.

Backstage this week shortly before one of Taylor Swift's five shows at the Staples Center for her 1989 World tour, Andrea and Scott Swift stood a few feet from their daughter watching the activity mount around her.

Pharrell, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis among acts added to MTV Video Music Awards lineup

Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are among the performers added to the lineup for the MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced Tuesday.

Kanye West to receive Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award at VMAs

Kanye West will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced on Tuesday.

Ellen, Alanis Morissette and Natalie Maines join Taylor Swift onstage in L.A.

Taylor Swift upped the celebrity ante at her third of five sold-out shows Monday at Staples Center as part of her "1989" tour.

Carly Rae Jepsen at the Troubadour: 5 thoughts on her 'Emotion' release show

Taylor Swift wasn't the only pop singer in Los Angeles thinking about the late 1980s on Monday night.

FYF Fest: A political urgency from Morrissey and D'Angelo

Sunday night at FYF Fest had an unexpected charge of urgency from its headliners.

Hollywood Bowl getting a new caterer starting in 2016

Dining under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl will come with a new flavor starting next summer.

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