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One Direction, Chris Brown, Rihanna among big winners at 2012 VMAs

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The “2012 MTV Video Music Awards,” which took place last night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, was a night of musical firsts with the debut TV performances of new songs by Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Green Day and more.   

First-time host Kevin Hart set the lively tone for the evening the moment he emerged with his own unique security detail, while One Direction, Frank Ocean, 2 Chainz and Calvin Harris marked their first-ever VMA performances.

The “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” premieres on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) across Africa at 17:30 CAT on Saturday 8 September.  

Rihanna, who took home the biggest prize of the night, “Video of the Year,” for “We Found Love,” opened the show with a sultry performance of “Cockiness (Love It)” featuring A$AP Rocky.”  She then turned the arena into a huge dance party, performing her VMA award-winning song, “We Found Love,” with mega-hit producer and “2012 VMA house DJ” Calvin Harris, who won a VMA of his own for “Best Electronic Dance Music Video.”  

Chris Brown won two VMA Moonmen trophies for “Best Male Video” and “Best Choreography” for “Turn up the Music.”  Tying Brown with two wins for the night was M.I.A., who took home “Best Direction” and “Best Cinematography” for “Bad Girls.”  The Young Money crew also had a night of successes, as Nicki Minaj won “Best Female Video,” and Drake featuring Lil Wayne scored “Best Hip Hop Video.”  Coldplay garnered “Best Rock Video,” and VMA pre-show performer Demi Lovato took home “Best Video with a Message.”

A gravity-defying P!nk got the party started from a flying trapeze, performing her chart-topping hit “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”  Rising R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean took the stage for an intimate performance of his single “Thinking of You,” off his debut album.  Accompanied only by a guitarist, it was an enchanting performance by the VMA newcomer.

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U.K. sensation One Direction, who took home three Moonmen for “Best New Artist”, “Best Pop Video” and first-time social media category, “Most Share-Worthy Video”, ascended from beneath the stage to a throng of screaming fans, and performed their hit single “One Thing” on a platform high above the audience.

Hip-hop rising star 2 Chainz took to the VMA stage for the first time ever, and together with Lil Wayne, ignited the audience with a performance of “Yuck,” followed by Lil Wayne’s new single “No Worries,” from his highly anticipated mix tape, “D4.” In a pulsating performance from the centre of a writhing human mosh pit, Green Day rocked out to their new song “Let Yourself Go.”

Alicia Keys’ electrifying performance of new single “Girl on Fire” featured a surprise appearance by Nicki Minaj, and was accompanied by U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas, who performed her gold medal-winning moves on stage.

Taylor Swift closed out the epic evening with a fun performance of her new smash single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” that brought the entire crowd to their feet.  Starting the song in a recording booth, Swift was soon draped by a team of backup dancers as they paraded down the stage with a shower of flower petals raining on the wall of hi-def screens behind them.

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Presenters at the“2012 MTV Video Music Awards” included Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Mac Miller, the “Fierce Five” 2012 Gold Medal-winning U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, The Wanted, Wiz Khalifa, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, 2 Chainz, Ke$ha, Tyler, the Creator, Rita Ora, Dwight Howard, Rebel Wilson, Zoe Saldana and worldwide Korean hip-hop viral sensation Psy.

VMA night kicked off with social activity booming beginning with the “Jersey Shore GTL Special” with over 5.2 million tweets and more than 175 trending  topics in the US and worldwide. #VMA2012 has persistently been trending as the #1 organic topic since the beginning of the show. @mtv’s most popular tweet was announcing One Direction’s win for Most Share-Worthy Video.

The “2012 VMA” award winners are: VIDEO OF THE YEAR:       Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris Title:  “We Found Love” BEST NEW ARTIST One Direction Title: “What Makes You Beautiful”   BEST MALE VIDEO            Chris Brown Title: “Turn Up the Music” BEST FEMALE VIDEO Nicki Minaj Title: “Starships” BEST HIP HOP VIDEO Drake featuring Lil Wayne Title: “HYFR” BEST POP VIDEO One Direction Title: “What Makes You Beautiful”

BEST ROCK VIDEO Coldplay Title: “Paradise”

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BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC VIDEO                  Calvin Harris Title: “Feel So Close” BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE   Demi Lovato Title: “Skyscraper”   MOST SHARE-WORTHY VIDEO (Presented by Bing) One Direction

Title: “What Makes You Beautiful” PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:     BEST CHOREOGRAPHY   Chris Brown Title: “Turn up the Music” Choreography by Anwar “Flii” Burton BEST EDITING    Beyoncé Title: “Countdown” Editing by Alexander Hammer & Jeremiah Shuff

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS     Skrillex Title: “First of the Year (Equinox)” Visual Effects by Deka Bros & Tony T. Datis BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY             M.I.A. Title: “Bad Girls”

Cinematography by André Chemetoff BEST ART DIRECTION      Katy Perry Title: “Wide Awake” Art-Direction by Benji Bamps BEST DIRECTION               M.I.A. Title: “Bad Girls”

Direction by Romain Gavras

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Josephine Arthur releases fourth self-produced album dubbed “His Mercy

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Josephine Arthur, a spirit-filled gospel artist, music teacher, and instrumentalist based in the USA, has released her fourth album titled “His Mercy.”

With a rich background in music education and a deep passion for spiritual expression, Josephine has established herself as a significant figure in the gospel music scene. Her career highlights her dedication to spreading messages of faith and inspiration through her music, profoundly impacting listeners worldwide.

“His Mercy” is a reflection of Josephine Arthur’s deeply rooted faith and spiritual journey, encapsulated in her latest studio album. Produced entirely by Josephine, the album is a testament to her musical prowess and artistic vision. Each track is intricately crafted with poignant lyrics, soul-stirring melodies, and heartfelt vocals, creating an immersive listening experience that resonates with the soul.

Combining contemporary gospel elements with soulful instrumentation, “His Mercy” showcases Josephine’s versatile musicality and profound lyrical depth. The album explores themes of grace, redemption, and divine love, offering solace and encouragement to listeners on their spiritual journeys. Josephine’s distinctive voice and expertly played instruments infuse each song with authenticity and emotional resonance.

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Josephine Arthur’s upcoming visit to Ghana on July 4, 2024, holds special significance as she returns to her roots to share “His Mercy” with her homeland. This tour not only celebrates her latest album but also represents a homecoming, reconnecting with her Ghanaian audience through the universal language of gospel music. Her performance promises to unite communities in worship and celebration, fostering a sense of unity and spiritual renewal.

“His Mercy” is more than just an album; it’s a testament to Josephine’s unwavering faith and musical artistry. As she prepares for her journey to Ghana, she invites audiences to join her in a transformative musical experience that uplifts the spirit and inspires hearts. Through her music, Josephine continues to spread the message of hope and love, leaving a lasting impression on all who hear her songs.

The album is available now on all streaming platforms.
https://josephinearthur.hearnow.com/his-mercy-album-2024/

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Davido sues baby mama Sophia Momodu for custody of daughter Imade

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Nigerian music star David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has taken legal action against his first baby mama Sophia Momodu at the Lagos State High Court, seeking joint custody of their daughter, Aurora Imade Adeleke. (more…)

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Grammys will lose its value if brought to Africa – King Paluta

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Reigning Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) New Artiste of the Year, King Paluta believes that bringing the Grammys to Africa would diminish the value of the prestigious award scheme. (more…)

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Hollywood made me realise i was a commodity – Genevieve Nnaji

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At the 2024 AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum/Afreximbank Annual Meeting, Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji shared insights from her Hollywood experience following the success of her 2018 film “LionHeart,” acquired by Netflix. (more…)

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Supreme Court dismisses suit against FDA ban on celebrity alcoholic advert

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit seeking to declare as unconstitutional the Food and Drugs Authority’s (FDA) guidelines that prohibit celebrities from advertising for alcoholic beverages. (more…)

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I won’t abandon Efia Odo; she’s been a supportive friend – King Promise

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Afrobeats musician, King Promise, known in private life as Gregory Bortey Newman has addressed critics questioning his relationship with popular media personality Efia Odo. (more…)

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