Get ready for a whole lotta Kanye during the 2016 MTV VMA’s. According to reports, MTV has given Yeezy a full 4 minutes on stage to do whatever he wants … and they have NO clue what he’ll end up doing.
A source close to production told TMZ:
MTV honchos are giving ‘Ye 4 minutes to do with as he pleases. He can rap, sing, dance or even just stay silent … and we’re told show producers are totally clueless which door he’ll pick.
If you recall, West won last year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the show and took the stage for an 11 minute sermon that included talk of him running for resident in 2020. There are also rumors he and Taylor Swift will do something during Sunday’s show, but sources close to Swift say she has no plans to attend.
But besides Kanye, Sunday’s show, going down for the first time at Madison Square Garden, is slated to be another epic one. Nicki Minaj will hit the stage to perform “Side to Side” with Ariana Grande. Ty Dolla $ign is set to perform with Nick Jonas. Rihanna will rock the stage and will also receive this years Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. And then of course, there’s Brittany. Spears will return to perform for the first time in ten years. Amazing, right?
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards airs Sunday Aug 29 at 9/8c. Click here for more on the show, and a complete list of nominees.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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