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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Hold Hands Backstage at VMAs

Do we have an exciting new couple alert? Big Sean’s ex, Naya Rivera, just tied the knot unexpectedly, and it looks like the rapper has moved on as well. Sean, 26, was spotted backstage at the 2014 MTV VMAs holding hands with none other than Ariana Grande, 21. It had been reported the two were spending time together, but this kind of seals the deal. Sean was wearing a denim button-down over a white T-shirt, while Grande was wearing a silver dress. They looked very comfortable. Ariana also just had a breakup of her own this year: she split with…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Think You Know the Story Behind Iggy Azalea's Name? Think Again

If you're an Iggy Azalea fan, you probably know that her birth name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, and she got her stage name from her dog, Iggy, and Azalea from the street her mom lived on.  But it turns out the story is a bit more complicated than that. Iggy's the first artist to be featured on the new VEVO series A.K.A, where stars explain how they got their wacky stage names.  In the segment, Iggy explains that the evolution of her stage name is actually a "two-part saga."  First, the "Iggy" part.  Yes, it came from her Australian cattle…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Eminem and Rihanna Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage

Eminem and Rihanna took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a new level this weekend. The tour buddies completed the challenge on stage in Detroit Saturday night. At the end of the show – the duo’s final stop on their The Monster Tour – Eminem accepted Dr. Dre’s nomination and had Rihanna dump a bucket of ice water on him while he sat in a chair on stage. Immediately afterward, he nominated his hype man Denaun "Mr." Porter and Rihanna. "Detroit, what you think? Should I do it?” Rihanna asked the crowd of 45,000. Eminem did the honors and doused…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Martin Accepts Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ice Bucket Nomination

They may be “consciously uncoupled,” but Chris Martin gladly accepted ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow’s nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Coldplay frontman and fashion designer pal Stella McCartney – who was also nominated by Paltrow – took the plunge together. “I’m a fashion designer, I don’t get wet,” McCartney says before someone drenches them from above. They both nominated Angelina Jolie, who worked with McCartney on a Maleficent kids clothing line; U2’s Bono; and Stella’s dad, Paul McCartney. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says Lena Dunham Helped Her Embrace Feminism

Lena Dunham apparently taught Taylor Swift a thing or two about being a feminist. In a new interview with The Guardian, the “Shake It Off” singer credited the Girls star with educating her on what feminism really means. "As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," the 24-year-old said. "What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men." But she added that by becoming friends with Dunham and seeing “why she believes…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Takes a Spill Off the Stage

Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, but at least she had a good sense of humor about it. The Australian rapper took a tumble while performing her hit song “Fancy” at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards concert at the Avalon in Los Angeles on Friday. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt and kept right on performing after security guards hoisted her back up. Iggy later called out the embarrassing misstep on Instagram by posting a video of the fall. She wrote, “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn.”…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jesse Kinch Is the First "Rising Star" Winner

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded Sunday night with the four remaining contestants learning that Jesse Kinch was crowned the season-one champ, beating Austin French in the final round. Dana Williams and Audrey Kate Geiger were eliminated earlier in the night. The top four acts were seeded based on their combined East and West Coast scores throughout the season. The contestants were then paired off in two separate head-to-head duels; the first artist sang with the wall up, the second with the wall down. The winners of the two battles competed against each other to determine the winner. The…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Headed for #1 Debut; Lorde Calls Her New Album "Joyous"

The only thing Taylor Swift likely will be "shaking off" this week is an avalanche of texts and phone calls congratulating her on having a #1 debut on the Billboard singles chart. Billboard reports that Taylor's new single "Shake It Off" is likely to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to huge downloads, lots of airplay and tons of streaming.  Industry projections say the single will rack up more than 475,000 downloads in its first week overall, immediately giving it the biggest first week of any song this year.  The last song to post those kinds of…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Here's a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs: --Ariana Grande opened the show with "Break Free," emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang "Anaconda" and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off "Bang Bang" and both women joined her...the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for "Problem" -- it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels. --Katy Perry won Best Female Video for "Dark Horse." She arrived at the VMAs…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


MTV VMAs Winners List

Here are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California: VIDEO OF THE YEAR Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball" BEST HIP-HOP Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"   BEST MALE Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"   BEST FEMALE Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"   BEST POP Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"   BEST ROCK Lorde -- “Royals”   MTV ARTIST TO WATCH Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"   BEST COLLABORATION Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love" MTV…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Wins "Video of the Year," Doesn't Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

After last year's twerk heard 'round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset -- and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action. Miley's "Wrecking Ball" clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips -- from "Fancy" to "Happy" to "Drunk in Love" -- to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Must-Watch" MTV Video Music Awards Air Sunday Night, "Gargantuan" Beyonce Performance Promised

The watercooler moment to end all watercooler moments took place at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, when Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger twerked their way into TV history.  A year later, we're still talking about it and, according to one of the show's producers, that's exactly why you need to tune in to this year's VMAs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "It's one of those moments in popular culture, which I think is a must-watch," says VMA executive producer Garrett English about the telecast, which has been going strong for three decades. "There are…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR