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MTV Video Music Awards 2016 Performances (Video)



This year's MTV VMAs kicked off  August 28th. The 33rd annual Video Music Awards featured the biggest artists in the industry: Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony just to name a few. 

It was definitely a big night for Rihanna as she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and was scheduled to perform four times during the ceremony. It came as no surprise that the Bajan singer's rumored boo Drake was the one to hand her the award.

Another big highlight of the night was Beyonce's epic 15-minute Lemonade medley that later became the most tweeted about performance of last night. 

As promised, Kanye received his four minutes on the VMAs stage. After starting his speech with “I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I'mma talk“, the rapper covered a lot of topics including the Taylor Swift's infamous phone call. Later he introduced the new visual for his track Fade featuring the sexy Teyana Taylor

Check out the list of winners and some of the last night's performances below. 

Video of the year: Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Female Video: Beyoncé – “Hold Up” 

Best Male Video: Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For” 

Best Collaboration: Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”

Best Hip Hop Video: Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Best Pop Video: Beyoncé – “Formation” 

Best Rock Video: Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Best Electronic Video: Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”

Breakthrough Long Form Video: Beyoncé – Lemonade 

Best New Artist: DNCE


Ariana Grande – 34+35 (Remix) feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion



Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat have teamed up for a new remix of Grande’s Positions track 34+35.

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?



Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just elected members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Among the six newly elected governors are director Ava DuVernay. EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg has been re-elected for a second three-year term.

For those not familiar with the work of the Board of Governors, here is a breakdown of how it works and what it does.

Per Oscars official website, The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

The Academy has a total of 18 branches, including the actors branch and directors branch, where Goldberg and DuVernay will serve. Each branch is represented by three governors who are elected for three-year terms.

Since the #OscarSoWhite campaign in 2015, the Academy has been making efforts to increase diversity across the board. After the most recent election, out of 54 governors, the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12.

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