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MTV Video Music Awards 2010

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Justin Bieber: I'm (Kind of) Trying to Stay Single

Justin Bieber: I'm (Kind of) Trying to Stay Single

Originally posted 09/13/2010 06:30PM

All Kim Kardashian jokes aside, Justin Bieber is still an unattached teen.

"I'm single," Bieber, 16, told PEOPLE at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. "I'm kind of looking, but I'm kind of trying to stay single."

Even though a girlfriend isn't a priority for the pop star, he still knows what he what he wants in his match.

"An ideal girl is someone who is funny – who can make me laugh," Bieber says. "And someone who has nice eyes and a nice smile."

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Who Gave the Most Memorable VMAs Performance?

Who Gave the Most Memorable VMAs Performance?

Originally posted 09/13/2010 10:20AM

In true MTV fashion, Sunday night's Video Music Awards celebrated the top entertainers in the industry – and not just thanks to the 16 awards handed out.

Radio regulars like Eminem and newcomers like Florence + the Machine charged L.A.'s Nokia Theatre stage with full-energy performances of their respective hits, earning their spots in the limelight on the night of the Moonman.

BoB rocked two of his singles, "Nothin' On You" and "Airplanes" with Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams, respectively. Decked out in a black-and-white suit combo, Drake brought the swank with fellow music makers Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz in a performance of his song, "Fancy." Eminem was joined on stage with his duet partner, Rihanna, who launched into summer anthem "Love the Way You Lie" after his powerhouse performance of "Not Afraid."

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Kanye vs. Taylor: Who Had the Last Word at the VMAs? | Kanye West, Taylor Swift

Kanye vs. Taylor: Who Had the Last Word at the VMAs?

Originally posted 09/13/2010 12:15AM

This year's MTV Video Music Awards was marked by big wins (Lady Gaga!) and big performances (Eminem and Rihanna!).

But what will certainly have music fans buzzing all week is part two of the long-simmering feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Over the course of Sunday's show from L.A.'s Nokia Theater, the two (separately) took the stage and performed personal, unreleased songs that, at least in the context of the show, pointedly addressed last year's stage-crashing by West.

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Lady Gaga Sings for Cher (and Her Fans) at the VMAs | Cher, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Sings for Cher (and Her Fans) at the VMAs

Originally posted 09/12/2010 11:45PM

Lady Gaga had a reason to sing at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The pop star, nominated for a record-setting 13 trophies, took home top honors, winning video of the year for "Bad Romance" – and seized the opportunity to trill for Cher, who presented her with the Moonman trophy.

"I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse," a tearful Gaga said at the podium in a bacon-colored outfit.

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Kanye West Salutes 'Douchebags' at Video Music Awards | Kanye West

Kanye West Salutes 'Douchebags' at Video Music Awards

Originally posted 09/12/2010 11:40PM

Talk about a provocation.

Kanye West got the last word – well, song – at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards – and it was a whopper.

Clad in a bright red suit with layered chains and a plunging black T-shirt, the rapper debuted an unreleased song, "Runaway," which began with him, solo, plunking notes from a synthesizer before chanting the a self-deprecating opening salvo.

"You've been putting up with my s–– for way too long," he rapped, as the stage filed with ballet dancers.

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Taylor Swift Fires Back at Kanye in New Song at VMAs | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Fires Back at Kanye in New Song at VMAs

Originally posted 09/12/2010 10:20PM

Last year, Taylor Swift had the stage taken away from her by Kanye West. At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, she commanded it.

Not officially announced by MTV, the 20-year-old offered an emotionally charged performance of an unreleased song midway through Sunday's telecast.

Her surprise performance began with video clips of last year's infamous stage-crashing, and though West was never officially named, the song's lyrics all but made overt references to him. "Some things you can't speak of," she sang, "but tonight you live it all again."

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Taylor Swift – and Kanye West – Will Perform on VMAs

Taylor Swift – and Kanye West – Will Perform on VMAs

Originally posted 09/11/2010 05:35PM

Will there be another showdown? 

Both Taylor Swift and Kanye West are set to perform on Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, a source tells PEOPLE. But the stars are not expected to share the stage during the ceremony at L.A.'s Nokia Theater.

While West's performance was announced last month, Swift's appearance was set to be a surprise. Other previously announced performers include Drake and Usher.

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The Scandals, the Outfits, the Rivalries – Get Up to Speed on the VMAs

The Scandals, the Outfits, the Rivalries – Get Up to Speed on the VMAs

Originally posted 09/11/2010 11:30AM

Put the queen of snark Chelsea Handler in the same room with Kanye West, Eminem and the cast Jersey Shore and there's bound to be some fireworks.

That's what you can expect at the always unpredictable MTV Video Music Awards, which air Sunday night, with Handler hosting.

The most-talked-about honoree of the night may be Lady Gaga: The Grammy-winning singer, 24, scored 13 nominations, the most ever received by any artist in a single year.

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5 Things to Know About VMA-Nominated Florence + the Machine

Originally posted 09/10/2010 09:30PM

She's a four-time nominee at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, a chart-topper in her native U.K. – and is quickly becoming a familiar face (and voice) in North America, thanks to her commanding live shows, fire-red hair and prominent appearances on soundtracks from Eclipse to Eat Pray Love.

Meet Florence Welch (aka Florence + the Machine). The 24-year-old Londoner, who will be performing on Sunday's telecast, released her debut album, Lungs, in 2009, and often performs with harps and an array of string instruments – but the singer-songwriter says she loves rap and R&B and draws on those influences in her music. In fact, she hopes to meet rapper Drake at the VMAs.

Calling from her London home, Welch reveals what she's listening to now, shares a Kanye West encounter and analyzes her arty music video.

1. She Loves Hip-Hop
"I'm a huge hip-hop fan, actually, like really massively," Welch says. Among her current favorites: Drake, Nicki Minaj and Clipse. "The thing I like about hip-hop is that it's a genre that really utilizes a lot of things that aren't necessarily instruments," she says, citing Lil Wayne's hit "A Milli" as another inspiration. "When I heard it, it seemed so weird and progressive and strange," she says, "but so simple and sparse. I like being able to create music not using conventional sounds."

2. She's Not Afraid of a Kanye Run-In at the VMAs
"I met him on the side of the stage at the Jay-Z performance at the Isle of Wight Festival and he was really nice," she says of Kanye West. We had just performed and, I don't remember what he said [exactly], but he said something nice about our show. He was really lovely when I met him."

3. She's a Twi-Hard

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