Sparks Fly!

updated 09/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

INSIDER GOES TO THE VMAs

EMANCIPATION OF EDDIE
For a while there it was touch and go as the threat of Hurricane Katrina delayed stars' arrivals and caused a few party cancellations. Things got going on Friday night at Opium Garden, where Nelly hosted a bash; meanwhile, Pamela Anderson ruled over the adjoining Privè, where Eddie Murphy made his debut as a soon-to-be-single guy. He was overheard calling Mariah Carey from a cell phone and telling her, "You have to get over here." They left the club together hand in hand in the wee hours—though Murphy's rep had no comment about the prospective pairing.

GRAZE ANATOMY
The Shore Club's Red Room earned its name on Saturday night when rap kingpin Suge Knight was shot at 12:42 a.m. in the upper leg by an unknown assailant. The vibe at the Kanye West-hosted party had been cool until that point, with members of the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Jessica Alba all mingling in the vicinity. "People just got trampled," said one party-goer. "But everyone got under control pretty quickly." Knight, who left a pool of blood on the club floor, was rushed to a hospital, where he was listed in good condition. By Sunday night, no suspect had been found and Miami Beach police were urging anyone with information to step forward.

LIVING JUST FOR THE SETAI
On Saturday night Pharrell Williams lured Jay-Z & Beyoncè, Nick & Jessica and others to the Yahoo! Music penthouse at the Setai Hotel. Around 2 a.m., Gwen Stefani arrived and "the party went crazy," said one guest. Meanwhile, at the Ocean Drive Magazine bash at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, host Jamie Foxx partied with Colin Farrell, Ludacris and Shaquille O'Neal. Also in attendance: O.J. Simpson, who lives nearby and was probably not amused when Foxx instructed the dance floor crowd to "do the O.J.," followed by a stabbing motion in the air.

DIP, BABY, DIP
After the awards ceremony, Kelly Clarkson celebrated her wins by jumping into the pool fully clothed at the Firm's Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace mansion) afterparty. Her eight-person posse followed and spent over an hour horsing around in the water. "It was cool, man," laughed Clarkson. Those staying dry included Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys and Eddie Murphy. On his way out, Murphy was holding hands with a woman—who wasn't Mariah Carey. What a difference 48 hours makes.

THE FASHION
STARS ROARED, RUFFLED AND SHOWED SOME SKIN—SOME MORE THAN OTHERS...

BEST DRESSED!
Snoop Dogg, in a custom suit by April Roomet, and Gwen Stefani, in a frock from her L.A.M.B. collection, worn the Diddy Fashion Challenge and $50,000 each for their charities of choice.

Jessica Simpson in shorts (a familiar sight by now) and a barely-there blouse by Rachel Roy.

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas in a Rami Kashou gown. Her fashion advice? "It's not about following the rules."

Eva Longoria, in a Doo.Ri dress and Swarovski crystal heels by Constancy Basto, got ready with "Team Eva," she said. "We have fun."

Amerie was a Diddy Fashion Challenge runner-up in jewel-encrusted Monique Lhuillier.

Despite rumors of feuding, Lindsay Lohan and Ashlee Simpson gave lip service to each other backstage.

Hilary Duff, who turns 18 this month, went public J with boyfriend m Joel Madden, 26.

Shakira (onstage) "turns me on," said Kelly Clarkson. "And I'm not for that team."

Jamie Foxx gave the crowd some skin performing "Gold Digger" with Kanye West.

Chris Strauss and Danielle Dubin. Andrea Billups, Jon Warech, Steve Helling, Kristin Harmel, Jacqui Charles, Debi Springer, Diana Middleton, Tom Austin, Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, Laura Figueroa, Adriana Cordovi and Michaele Ballard in Miami and Chris Gardner in Los Angeles

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