Some 60,000 fans crammed to catch Detroit rap titan tear through headlining Saturday set with help from Bruno Mars, Royce Da 5’9.” By Gil Kaufman
Eminem performs at Lollapalooza on Saturday Photo: Barry Brecheisen/ Getty Images
CHICAGO — Some of the biggest names in hip-hop have played Lollapalooza over the years, from Snoop Dogg to Kanye West, Common and the Roots. But when Eminem took the stage on Saturday to close out the second night of this year’s festival, it literally felt like everybody in the house was trying to cram into the sprawling South field to catch a glimpse of the reclusive rap superstar.
With 90,000 in attendance on a steamy, muddy day, it looked like at least 60,000 or more of those bodies were packed in as far as the eye could see to get a glimpse of Em’s Lolla debut. And he didn’t let them down during a hit-stuffed 90-minute set that touched on every era of his decade-plus career. He had some help, of course, in the form of Bad Meets Evil cohort Royce Da 5’9,” hook-mistress Skylar Grey and surprise guest Bruno Mars.
With a blockbuster movie-like fanfare fit for a king and a shout of “I’m back y’all,” a super jacked Eminem took the stage in black cargo shorts, a white T-shirt and black hoodie, bouncing on his feet like a boxer ready to pounce. Feeling the massive crowd’s energy, he charged into “Won’t Back Down,” as apocalyptic video of nuclear explosions filled the massive screen behind him.
In keeping with the series of big festival shows he’s been playing this year in place of a proper tour, the rapper put his catalog on shuffle, playing bits and pieces of songs like “3 A.M.,” whose low-end retained that chest-thumping, ominous Dr. Dre rumble, even in short form.
Nimble and focused, Marshall Mathers crisscrossed the stage and played off hype man Mr. Porter during “Square Dance,” with each man weaving seamlessly in and out of each other’s lines. Like most of the tunes, the rubber-band snap “Kill You” had the crowd singing along to the murderous chorus gleefully before the tune ended abruptly with a startling shotgun blast.
With a giant heart beating on the screen, Em raised hopes that Lil Wayne might drop in for the doomy keyboard and rapid-fire rhymes of the Recovery track “No Love,” but with road dog Weezy busy rocking his own crowds, like so many of Shady’s illustrious musical kin, the Young Money millionaire was there in spirit only.
The years haven’t dulled the edge of the parental strife story “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” But when it came to “The Way I Am,” the tune had an even sharper edge, with the minor key backing track sounding more sinister, along with a sharper bite in Shady’s no-apologies delivery.
The rapper quickly changed into a Bad Meets Evil T-shirt for a hookup on the low-rider anthem “Fast Lane” with partner Royce, but nobody was expecting what came next. In typical Lolla fashion, rumors of a major guest star ran amok all day, with whisperers whispering that Em’s rap consigliore, Dr. Dre, might make a surprise appearance.
But it was Mars who waltzed out strumming guitar to croon the chorus on Shady’s latest hit, “Lighters.” The crowd did their part by holding up their Bics, cameras and phones to create a glowing, waving sea of light, as Mars brought a feathery pop sheen to the harder-edge, lightning-quick interplay between Em and Royce.
Alas, there was also no Hayley Williams when the first strains of B.o.B.’s “Airplanes, Pt. II” rolled around, with a backup singer handling the chorus instead of the Paramore singer. And though Dido was there on tape only for the still-spooky stalker tale “Stan,” Em upped the drama by delivering the voice of his obsessed fan in a soft, creepy near-whisper.
With bits of Aerosmith, massive arm-waving choruses and a seductively detached persona, Eminem proved that he belongs on the stage at Lollapalooza alongside the illustrious group of rock legends that have graced it in the past. Especially since he held the rapping-along-to-every-verse crowd in the palm of his hand, even as he mocked them for getting wasted to his sobriety-celebrating Recovery album.
Aware of how important true friends are, Em also paid tribute along the way to his best pal, Proof, as well as hip-hop hook king Nate Dogg with a run through “‘Till I Collapse.”
For a man known to sometimes say unkind, murderous things about females, Eminem had no complaints from the very attentive women in the house when he dedicated “Love the Way You Lie” to all the ladies who’ve been in dysfunctional relationships. In fact, the camera frequently zoomed in on sweat-soaked, moon-eyed girls right up front who were happy to help fill in for a missing Rihanna on the chorus.
Since she was already in the area after performing an intense, cathartic solo set earlier in the day on a side stage, it was no surprise that Skylar Grey came out to sing her angelic chorus on “I Need a Doctor.”
Em then brought it home with a flurry of hits, ending the set with a quick run through “My Name Is,” “The Real Slim Shady,” “Without Me” and “Not Afraid.” By the time the lights went down after a heated “Lose Yourself,” there was no doubt that Eminem came, saw and conquered his Lollapalooza debut.
MTV News is in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2011! Stick with us all weekend as we cover the bands you love and the bands you will love soon.
The Emmys Are Over… Will Nina Dobrev Keep That Stunning Dress?
Nina Dobrev’s (Elena/Katherine) Donna Karan Emmy Dress was red hot and a little unpredictable. (We say that because the bottom of Nina’s dress was covered with origami frogs and cranes.) But what will happen to the stunning gown now that the awards are over? First of all, Nina revealed to E! she doesn’t own the dress — it was on loan from the designer. So like most other borrowed duds starlets don to fancy events, it will head back to its rightful owner, the designer….
Well, on Wednesday (September 7), the world spoke, and the summer jam that reigned supreme was Bad Meets Evil’s feel-good anthem “Lighters,” featuring Bruno Mars. Earlier this summer, MTV News caught up with Mars, and he revealed just how he ended up on the track.
"It was a freestyle battle," he joked. "I said, ‘Yo, Em, if I beat you, you’re gonna have to do a song with me!’ I shut him down right then and there."
What’s no joke is the way fans have been connecting with the track, which proudly declares, “This one’s for you and me living out our dreams/ We’re all right where we should be/ With my arms out wide I open my eyes/ And now all I wanna see is a sky full of lighters.”
Now that Mars and his crew are the ruling Kings of Summer, he is planning his next big move, which includes a top-secret new track. “I’m definitely thinking about what’s next,” he said. “I’ve got a song that I just wrote that I’m extremely proud of and I worked really hard on, and it’s gonna come out soon.”
While he wouldn’t say much else, he teased that the song was for Michael Bolton before admitting, “No, it’s for me.”
In addition to working on more tracks for his own bustling career, he shared that he’d love to get into the studio with Cee Lo Green again, and even Lil Wayne. “But this is just the very beginning and there’s a lot more to come.”
What are you expecting next from Bruno Mars? Let us know in the comments!
Julianna Margulies wore Palladium diamond studs at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Kelly Osbourne, Christina Hendricks and Heather Morris are just a few of the other stars to shine in Palladium jewelry on the red carpet.
In other Emmy jewelry news, Forevermark diamond jewelry, quickly becoming synonymous with new Hollywood red carpet glamour, appeared on some of the most watched actresses and celebrities of the evening, including Elizabeth McGovern, Julianne Hough, Julia Stiles, Anna Farris, Kyle Richards, and Gail Simmons.
Daryl Strawberry was spotted out with Bret Michaels on his tour bus before he rocked the stage for Eric Trump Celebrity Golf Invitational and Gala benefiting St. Jude?s Children?s? Hospital.
Glee's Mark Salling surprised Columbus Middle School students in Los Angeles with new instruments to enhance their music program as part of a donation made by Starburst to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Celebrity blogger Micah Jesse co-hosted Fashion’s Night Out with Cynthia Rowley and BAND-AID. Fashionistas got the chance to get their hair and make-up touched up by celebrity stylists and share their best or worst fashion malfunction story for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree with Cynthia Rowley herself, among many other prizes! Be sure to check out his coverage of the Glambulance on 5th Avenue!
Extra host Mario Lopez kept busy last week in NYC. On Tuesday after conducting his first ever interview with Lady Gaga, Mario worked up an appetite and headed to Brasserie Beaumarchais with a group of friends. The star noshed on everything from fish to steak and sipped on and raved about the Beaumarchais Lemonade. He was overheard telling his friends that Lady Gaga had a great sense of humor! The night ended early for Mario, but the next night he schmoozed with Kris Humphries & Scott Disick at the grand opening of Bounce Sporting Club. Mario then left NYC, to report on the red carpet at the 63rd annual Emmys in LA.
According to Rolling Stone, Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal determined from toxicology tests that Sullivan’s December 28 death was a result of “acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone, oxymorphone, diazepam/nordiazepam and ethanol.”
Those drugs include a pair of painkillers that work, respectively, like codeine and morphine, an anti-anxiety medication and the active intoxicant in alcohol. Sigal also noted that Sullivan also had an enlarged heart, which was noted in the coroner’s report as a “significant condition” that may have contributed to his death.
"To all of us who loved Jimmy, the only thing relevant about December 28 is that is the night we lost, too soon, a son, brother, friend and one of the most talented artists in the world," Avenged Sevenfold manager Larry Jacobson told the magazine. “Every day, his parents and sisters, and his brothers in Avenged Sevenfold smile at the many memories they have of Jimmy, and his fans around the world revel in the musical legacy he left them.”
Sullivan died in his Huntington Beach, California, home and was buried in a private ceremony on January 6. He played on four of the metalcore band’s albums and was co-writing tunes on the upcoming disc, Nightmare (due out July 27), at the time of his death. The group hired one of Sullivan’s favorite drummers, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy, to finish up Nightmare and to join them for their upcoming dates on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour.
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Beatz spoke to MTV News just hours before taking the stage at the Taco Bell Feed the Beat MTV2 VMA concert on Friday (August 26) at the Music Box in Los Angeles on a bill featuring Chiddy Bang and Wallpaper, and he offered some advice to Weezy and Pitbull about making VMA headlines.
"The big stage is a different stage. I think it’s an opportunity to bring out even more of the creative," he said of the need to bring a different level of game for the VMA broadcast. "Because when you’re on that big stage, you know the whole world is watching you, and people can really see your true talent and your craftsmanship."
He also recalled looking out on the crowd of his peers last year and remembering that it was all just a haze. “Honestly, when I’m onstage, I can’t really see the crowd,” he said. “The lights and everything shining in your face, it’s like a blur and you’re in your zone … [but] you can feel the crowd and your motivation is to stay focused and know that that tape is rolling and you better not mess up now, because it’s live.”
After VMA performer Chris Brown jumped onstage during one of Swizzy’s recent Las Vegas events to unveil the new Beatz tune “Dance Like a White Girl,” the producer said the reaction was “pandemonium.” That’s why he’s excited about Brown’s VMA slot, warning, “Everybody, get ready. Y’all better get ready.”
Brown’s choreographers, Rich and Tone, seconded that emotion, telling MTV News that we will see Chris in “1,000 percent mode.” Even with his table-hopping 2007 performance still on people’s minds, the pair said Sunday night could be on a whole other level. “We’ve been working with Chris for many years; I’ve never seen him this way on this performance ever,” Tone said. “He’s pulling out all his tricks on this one. He’s definitely gonna show you something fresh and new; something he has never done before.”
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday from 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.
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Fans of Dancing With the Stars couldn?t help but notice how stiff and uncomfortable Rob Kardashian seemed when he made his debut on the show on Monday night. But, according to his former girlfriend, there?s a chance that his nerves were about more than a simple fear of forgetting his steps. As Rosa Acosta says, “Rob once told me that he never wants to be as famous as his sisters, but because he was born into the Kardashian name, there?s no escaping it.”
Indeed, Rosa suspects that Rob?s mother/manager, Kris, pushed her son to go on the show because she was tired of the 24-year-old “living off his family?s hard-earned fame and fortune. Kim wants Rob to follow in her footsteps,” Rosa explains, “and Kris wants her 10% of Rob?s paycheck!”
While Rosa?s doubtful that the show is going to turn Rob into a full-fledged star ? “He?s too immature right now to handle the pressure of the competition,” she says, “and he doesn?t understand the commitment it takes,” ? she says that she ultimately wouldn?t be surprised if his mother manages to wear him, and the general public, down. “That family is full of marketing monsters,” she says, “who can turn anything into gold, and that?s what they?re trying to do with Rob.”
Spoilers! Steven R. McQueen on Why Jeremy Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts
In real life, seeing dead people would probably be exceptionally frightening. But in Mystic Falls, having supernatural visitors isn’t just ordinary, it might also have some perks for the visitee.Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) thinks his character’s haunting could be good for him. McQueen explains that since his character has “lost everyone he’s ever loved … possibly having some connection with the dead lifts a weight off his shoulder and adds more of a level of curiosity…
Every clique has a head b*tch in charge, and the cliques on TV are ruled by some of the cruelest of the cruel. It’s not easy being Queen Bee; in fact, the role demands a well-honed set of skills: charm, manipulation, smug superiority, and mischievousness. From Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) to Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty), Wetpaint Entertainment has rounded up the most ferocious females in TV history.
Taylor Lautner Chooses Bruno Mars, And More Celeb VMA Picks
Kim Kardashian predicts Katy Perry will win Video of the Year at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. By Kara Warner
Bruno Mars Photo: MTV
All of the categories for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are competitive, but none more so than the eclectic group vying for Sunday night’s biggest prize: Video of the Year.
The 2011 nominees for Video of the Year are: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Tyler the Creator’s “Yonkers.” MTV News recently asked some celebrities for their predictions on who will take home the night’s most-important Moonman.
"I’m a huge Bruno Mars fan, so maybe I’d give the slight edge there," "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner said diplomatically.
"I’m going to go with Bruno Mars," said Christopher Mintz-Plasse. "That song is really insanely catchy."
And “Harry Potter” star Tom Felton also revealed, “I’m a bit of a Bruno fan.”
"I like Katy Perry," Kim Kardashian told us, as her sister Kourtney nodded in agreement.
"Switched at Birth" star Sean Berdy cast his vote via sign language and the help of a translator: "It goes to Katy Perry for ‘Firework.’ I love her music."
Admitted longtime fan Affion Crockett said, “I gotta be loyal: I’m going to stick with the Beastie Boys.” And OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder told us, “I would vote for Beastie Boys.”
Allstar Weekend put their vote in for Tyler the Creator’s trippy “Yonkers” clip, as did another all-boy band, Honor Society. “We’re going for Tyler,” Society frontman Michael Bruno revealed.
"Cockroaches, vomiting, the whole thing, it’s all there."
"I gotta go with Adele," said "Voice" winner Javier Colon, and "Teen Wolf" star Crystal Reed gushed, "I love Adele. I secretly wish I was her."
So, based on our informal celeb poll (we counted band members as one), Bruno Mars would take home the Video of the Year trophy, having earned three votes. All the other nominees received two.
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday from 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.
The Guest List: Exclusive Images From Outside And Inside amfAR Milano 2011
Despite Milan Fashion Week being in full swing, yesterday evening wasn’t about clothes as Milan hosted the third annual amfAR Milano event. This years’s chairs include models Eva Herzigova, Heidi Klum and Bar Refaeli and guests included Chanel Iman, John Legend, Roberto Cavalli and Giovanna Battaglia.
Robert Pattinson Said He Got Really Nervous On Twilight Breaking Dawn Set & More
Robert Pattinson said he got really nervous on Twilight Breaking Dawn set & more According to Hollywood Life, Robert Pattinson recently chatted with Us Weekly,and revealed that he got pretty nervous on the Breaking Dawn movie set at times when he had to take his shirt off. Apparently, he was pretty embarrassed by it. Rob told them, “Embarrassingly, the thing I was most nervous about was taking my shirt off.” In related news, his co-star Taylor Lautner who,apparently, is never afraid to take his shirt off these days,recently revealed there’s going to be a major cliffhanger in Breaking Dawn part 1.
Pippa Middleton vs. Jennifer Lopez: Who Has the Better Booty?
Pippa Middleton’s derriere caught the world’s attention at her sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011. Let’s be honest, it looked great in her ivory maid-of-honor dress by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, so no wonder she got everyone talking. But how does Pippa stack up to butt icons such as, say, Jennifer Lopez? Let us know in the poll below!
Proving that she’s not just a Material Girl, Madonna brought along kids Mercy, David and Rocco for a visit to a Kabbalah center in New York City on Saturday (September 24).
Though Kabbalah has been touched by scandal recently, Madonna has said that she experienced a spiritual awakening upon discovering the controversial religion, after which “all the puzzle pieces started falling into place.”
"After seeing the movie, I thought that it would be a perfect fit," Mars told Billboard about the lead single off the soundtrack, which is out on November 8 (just 10 days before the movie hits theaters). “The ‘Twilight’ movies for me [are] a love story. But it’s a dark love story,” he added. “And I think the best way to describe the song is: It’s the darker side of love. I think that pretty much sums it up.”
And while the singer didn’t reveal any plot details in the chat, he did weigh in on the biggest conundrum of our time: Is he Team Edward or Team Jacob? “Do I wear a Team Jacob shirt or a Team Edward shirt?” Mars teased. You know what? I’m Team Bella all day.”
So how did the song come together? The VMA-nominated singer said it “started off with me and the guitar, and I just had this melody in my head and basically laid it down after I saw the film.” Mars also said he saw “most of the movie” so he “could catch the vibe and feel where they were going with it.”
But since he didn’t see a final cut, he has no idea where his song will get placed. “As long as it’s not after the credits,” Mars joked. “I hope it’s in a good [scene]!”
Mars and the Smeezingtons had been working on the track before Bruno was asked to contribute to the soundtrack. In fact, earlier this summer, Mars teased MTV News that he had a song he was super excited to share with his Hooligans, though it’s unclear if “It Will Rain” is the same song. “I’m definitely thinking about what’s next,” he said in August. “I’ve got a song that I just wrote that I’m extremely proud of and I worked really hard on, and it’s gonna come out soon.”
Nicki Minaj Dishes On 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Role
'I went in and I had a blast. I did it as two different voices,' Minaj says of her role in the fourth 'Ice Age' movie. By Jocelyn Vena
Nicki Minaj Photo: Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage
Nicki Minaj is ready to get even more animated than she does in her videos and her colorful stage show. The singer confirmed that she’s ready for her cartoon close-up in the latest “Ice Age” flick, "Ice Age: Continental Drift," in which she’s set to play one of the many kooky characters alongside folks like Wanda Sykes, Jeremy Renner, Aziz Ansari, Heather Morris and even her pal and fellow MC Drake.
When MTV News caught up with Minaj backstage at the Femme Fatale Tour stop in New Jersey, she opened up about how she ended up in the A-list flick, the fourth in the hit franchise.
"I don’t know how much I can talk about that, but I came about that when my agency sent me out on an audition for some people who wanted to hear me," she recalled. "They knew I liked animation, they knew I liked to do voices, and so they said they were doing that so I thought, ‘This is amazing.’ "
However, getting a part in the film wasn’t all that easy for the superstar. “The original role that I was up for I didn’t get,” she explained. “So I said, ‘Oh, OK, whatever.’ I was really mad, and the next thing you know, they called me and they said, ‘We wrote in a part just for you ‘cause we really want you to be a part of this movie.’ ”
Although she wouldn’t divulge which role she plays in the film, Minaj did say that she really put a lot of work into the part, leaving the final voice selection up to the film’s producers. “And I just was screaming and so excited, and I went in and I had a blast. I did it as two different voices,” she said. “We’ll see what happens.”
"It was interesting, her character," Spears later told MTV News about the encounter, even dishing how the kiss between the two took place. "We got onstage and we felt it out."
Spears, of course, has already kissed a famous pop star on the VMA stage, when she and Madonna locked lips back in 2003. And it’s that kind of free spirit that Calderone noted in his speech about the singer. “She taught us all how to be fearless, and the industry wouldn’t be the same without her,” Calderone said when he not only kicked off the tribute to the star, but also later presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
After a troupe of dancers, who performed dance routines to everything from ” … Baby One More Time” and “Crazy” to “Toxic” and “Do Somethin’,” left the stage, Calderone and Spears came face to face, and lips to lips. Although Spears seemed fine with the initial kiss, when he tried to make a few more advances, Spears rebuffed him with a big smile on her face.
He took it like a gentleman, adding, “I don’t want Gaga to get pissed.”
So was Gaga completely Calderone the whole time? “She’s in full character,” Spears later added. “Yes, definitely.”
Mother Monster, who nabbed six EMA nominations, is followed by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars with four noms; Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds to Mars are each up for three.
Gaga is up for Best Female, Best Live Act, Best Pop Act, Best Song and Best Video for “Born This Way.” She scored the sixth nom in the Biggest Fans category, an honor she’ll share with her Little Monsters if she wins.
American and Canadian audiences can vote for the North American nominee for the Worldwide Act award, who will represent the continent at the EMAs against contenders from across the globe.
So, who will go head-to-head with the superstar? Adele’s unstoppable “Rolling in the Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” (featuring Pitbull) and Katy Perry’s “Firework” will go up against Gaga for Best Song.
For Best Pop, Britney Spears, Bieber, Perry, Rihanna and Gaga are set to face off, while Adele, Beyoncé, J.Lo, Katy and Gaga also made the final cut for Best Female.
Battling it out in the Best Male category are Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Bieber, Kanye West and Eminem, who’s also up for Best Hip Hop alongside Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West (a.k.a. the Throne), Pitbull and Snoop Dogg.
Coldplay, the Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon and Red Hot Chili Peppers are up for Best Rock. And the night’s big prize, Best Video, features the most eclectic mix of nominees: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” the Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise,” Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Justice’s “Civilization” and Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
On Monday morning (September 19), Bieber reacted to the nods on Twitter, writing, “Just got word that we got 3 MTV EMA Nominations for Best Male, Best Pop, Biggest Fans!! THANKS SO MUCH! LEt’s VOTE!!!”
Well, those fans better take note. Beliebers voting in the Biggest Fans category will face off against his girlfriend Selena Gomez's followers, Thirty Second to Mars' devotees, Paramore's biggest admirers and, of course, Lady Gaga's Monsters.
The MTV Europe Music Awards air live on November 6 from Belfast, Ireland. For a complete list of nominees and to vote for your favorite artists, check out the MTV EMA website. Stick with MTV News as we roll out more information on performers and presenters.