Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MUCH TO DO ABOUT HURRICANE IRENE FETE

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THE WEB GOSSIP
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Mike Bloomberg



WELCOME HOME --- I'll say one thing, I never had a vacation end so abruptly or quickly as my 13-day adventure out of NYC. Let's just say it was a break-neck race back to New York Saturday morning on the red eye from L. A. There was absolutely no waiting for a cab when we hit JFK; and, an eerie silence that immediately announced something was about to happen. From there it was straight home while listening to the dire warnings from Mayor Bloomberg on down (isn't it interesting that most ALL of the politico-talking heads come out when a situation like this develops; to whit: they ALL want to look their best). Being the Mayor of any urban town, cannot be easy. Damned if you do; damned if you don't. Turns out, the whole shebang was somewhat over hyped, but watching some of the footage now of Downtown Manhattan is downright scary. Me, these days, I prefer to be a bit over cautious. With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming up ... one can't be too cautious ... right? Sure, the pundits will say they were right and continue on their road to ruin ...but, for me, safety, first and foremost.

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Valerie Simpson And Nick Ashford



SO LONG NICK --- The most devastating news of the past two weeks has just got to be the passing of singer-songwriter Nick Ashford. Has there ever been a more revered songwriter ... along with life-partner Valerie Simpson? Their cannon of songs, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Solid As A Rock," "Ain't Nothing like The Real Thing"; as well as Diana Ross' "Reach Out And Touch" and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" and "Clouds" are all solid smash songs. I remember well in 1979, at the legendary Paradise Garage, when RFC Records' Ray Caviano gave the house DJ, Larry Levan, the first shot at playing their newest record "Found A Cure." Needless to say, the place went wild as it was one of the duo's strongest records ever. It was one magical evening and everyone there knew it. Ashford & Simpson's career as recording artists began in the early 1960's as part of the gospel group The Followers, with whom they recorded the album Gospel Morning, later re-issued as Meetin' The Followers on the legendary Roulette Records.In 1964, they recorded "I'll Find You," as Valerie & Nick. Simpson subsequently recorded two solo LPs for Motown: Valerie Simpson Exposed in 1971, and, the following year, Valerie Simpson, which included the single "Silly, Wasn't I," which was later sampled on 50 Cent's "Best Friend" from the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'. In 1973, the duo left Motown after the albums Simpson recorded for the label received poor promotion and the company refused to release an album of the duo recording a collection of their most famous songs for other artists. In 1974, Ashford & Simpson married and resumed their career as a duo with the Warner Brothers album, Gimme Something Real. This was followed by the hit singles, "Don't Cost You Nothin'" (1977), "It Seems To Hang On"" (1978),"Is It Still Good To Ya" (1978), "Found A Cure" (1979), and their biggest hit,"Solid", released in 1984.They were given writing credit on Amy Winehouse's 2007 CD Back To Black album for the single "Tears Dry On Their Own" which featured a sample of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." They had begun performing their act in small, intimate venues, such as Feinstein's at The Regency here in New York and the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in January 2009, they released a CD and DVD of their live performances titled The Real Thing. On June 22, 2009, they made a guest performance at a party at Tribeca Rooftop, here in New York, to celebrate Virgin Atlantic's birthday party. They also made their first appearance in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2009, and performed 8 shows in 4 days at Blue Note Tokyo. What a tremendous legacy ... while his legacy will live on forever, Nick will be sorely missed. Rest Easy!


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FITZGERALD PASSES --- One of the best people ever in the record business lost his battle with cancer last week, Warner Bros. Rich Fitzgerald, who rose to the presidency of the embattled label. Most recently Rich became involved in managing Eric Clapton. Mary Prout Fitzgerald, Rich's wife, posted the following message on Facebook: "I am sorry to say that our lovely Rich passed away yesterday afternoon. As you know, we were able to bring him home form his hospice, so he was able to go peacefully, wearing his Jimi Hendrix tee, listening to his favorite music, and lay in the arms of our children, Hunter and Sloane, and myself." Rich, aside from distinguishing himself by his superb knowledge of music and the business, to me, perfectly embodied what his predecessors at the label, Mo Ostin, Lenny Waronker and Russ Titleman, so well started there. he will be deeply missed. Warners hasn't been the same label ... but, Rich's presence made it all easier to take. Sad.


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Billy Crystal



GERVAIS REDEUX? --- Ricky Gervais says NBC has invited him back to host the Golden Globes; and, that the Oscars have called too? Well, I can't say I'm all that surprised. The comedian gave the Globes not only the highest ratings in years, but PR too. I mean, I don't think the news cycle of the Globes winners ever went more than two or three days. The fallout from the last broadcast literally went on for weeks. As has been reported, Oscar-mega-host Billy Crystal is itching to get back in the saddle (yes, a City Slickers reference) … so, I believe he'll be a lock, but, our little Ricky will certainly be back. According to our comrades at Deadline Hollywood: The British comedian said at the Edinburgh International TV festival, that the network has asked him to host again, and adding that he is considering it "but, I shouldn't do it." NBC declined to comment on the matter. "I love NBC, I love the fact that they stuck by me through it," Gervais said, adding, "I don't think I should do it. What am I going back as? Well, how about as the best Golden Globes host ever?


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James Taylor



FIRE & RAIN --- I just finished (on vacation) the best music-book of the year, David Browne's Fire & Rain; a brilliant re-look at the four most significant albums and artists of 1970: The Beatles; Simon & Garfunkel; James Taylor; and, CSNY. Brilliant book! More Wednesday.

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Julia Roberts



LAST BITS: Saw 1999's Notting Hill again while I was away. With Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Written by Richard Curtis and lovingly directed by Roger Michell ... has there ever been a sweeter movie? Never seen it? Run out now and rent it. You won't be sorry! And, though I almost forgot it, the strangest moment has got to be eyeing NBC news correspondent Jeff Roseen at the Minneapolis Airport looking positively twitchy! Weird.


Photos By: RD/Orchon/Dziekan/Kirkland/Walter McBride/Eckstein/Retna


ASHLEY TISDALE KICKS OFF MILK CHALLENGE

Ashley Tisdale



Ashley Tisdale attended The Kick Off the "Be Strong" Challenge and the Unveiling of Her New "Got Milk?" Ad held at the The Grove in Los Angeles, California last night.

Photo By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

LINKIN PARK HITS HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

Linkin Park



LINKIN PARK performed at The Joint at the world famed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last night. Sin City is really heating up at the end of the summer.


Photo By: RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

JANE KRAKOWSKI TO HEAT UP THE HAMPTONS

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THE HAMPTONS GOSSIP

39 Rock's Jane Krakowski to Heat Up Westhampton
Beach Performing Arts Center
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Jane Krakowski



Tony award winning actress and Emmy nominated star of NBC's "30 Rock" Jane Krakowski will perform a sizzling night of cabaret at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 3 at 8:30pm.

This smart, sexy, and sultry blonde is an accomplished singer and dancer with numerous credits to her name in theatre. She won a Tony Award for her show-stopping performance as Carla in the 2003 revival of Nine and has headlined productions of Guys and Dolls, Grand Hotel, Company and Damn Yankees. Her sold-out cabaret stint at Feinstein’s last year featured songs, both famous and obscure, that were once staples for the likes of Eartha Kitt, Mae West and Ethel Waters. The New York Times said, “What she brings to numbers that these and other forerunners have mined for every imaginable shade of lubricity and seduction is an intractable innocence. Instead of danger and challenge, she conveys a wholesome agree ability.”



Her tantalizing cabaret-style performance at the PAC will feature selections from the Great American Songbook and classic Broadway favorites, draws on such legendary practitioners in the art of audience pleasing as Marlene Dietrich, Carol Channing and Ann-Margret while making each timeless number uniquely her own. Playing to her strengths - vamp, vulnerability, self-deprecating charm - this Broadway baby will leave you begging for an encore Tickets are $125, $95, $65.

Purchase Tickets On-Line: www.whbpac.org Box Office: 631-288-1500


Photo Courtesy Of: WHPAC

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SOUTHAMPTON INN'S HURRICANE IRENE FETE

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SOUTHAMPTON INN:
91 Hill Street
Southampton, New York
T: 631-283-6500
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The Southampton Inn Playroom



Predictions of Hurricane Irene caused panic on the south fork in Long Island. As the forecasts worsened, many local Southampton establishments began prepping for this possible disastrous storm, especially the Southampton Inn. The owner of Southampton Inn knew it was important to begin stocking up on the most important staples and resources before the storm rolled in early Sunday morning. As of Friday afternoon, the Inn was fully supplied with essentials including water, beer, wine, sandwiches, candles and flashlights. The Inn received a high volume of calls from guests who wished to postpone their stay providing a lodging opportunity for many locals who were evacuated from their oceanfront communities and estates. The staff hosted more than 200 guests throughout the weekend and was fully prepared to face the storm. The Inn lies on one of the highest points of Southampton Village, which makes it one of the safer places to stay. It also has emergency lighting and underground transformers, along with a large basement that provided guests with safety as needed.


During the storm, the mood was festive while guests enjoyed company in the library drinking wine and playing cards and scrabble. The Inn was filled with locals and visitors alike, from children to pets— everyone was happy and safe from Hurricane Irene.

Southampton Inn is one of best places to lodge during any season, and any type of weather. An ideal home away from home, the Inn is nestled on more than five acres of manicured lawns and lushly landscaped grounds in the village of Southampton. The Inn offers its guests an array of amenities during mid-week and weekend stays, which include an outdoor fifty-foot heated pool, a newly landscaped garden at the northeast corner of the pool, a game room for children of all ages, an all-weather tennis court, as well as the Inn’s complimentary shuttle service to Cooper’s Beach. No matter the season, the charming enclave is perfect all holidays including Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years.


ABOUT THE SOUTHAMPTON INN:


The Southampton Inn boasts a Hamptons club casual atmosphere and houses a beautiful garden, pool and patio in a serene setting. The Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, parks, art galleries, museums, and is just a mile from the renowned Cooper’s Beach. A warm and welcoming local landmark, the Southampton Inn is home to 90 guestrooms and a conference center that can hold a wide variety of events. The Inn’s delectable restaurant, OSO, features an attractive outdoor dining area and its ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced. For a true getaway experience, exciting excursions can be arranged by the Southampton Inn’s concierge service, including fishing trips, hiking at surrounding nature conservancies, horseback riding, surfing and sailing lessons, bicycle rentals, as well as tours of local museums, historic sites and vineyards. Southampton Inn is the perfect destination on the East End, if you’re looking for the ideal location for an event, a lovely weekend getaway or a fresh bite to eat.


For further information about the Southampton Inn, please visit www.southamptoninn.com.


Photo By: Erik Freeland


HURRICANE IRENE AND MADAME PAULETTE

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Madame Paulette

1255 Second Avenue
New York City
(347) 689-7010
www.madamepaulette.com

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Madame Paulette



In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Madame Paulette® hopes that you, your friends and your family are all well and safe.



Hurricanes often cause storm surges and flooding, and experiencing damage to your personal property is devastating. Madame Paulette® is available 24 hours to assist you with any water or flood damage to any of your personal property, garments, interior textiles or home furnishings, including fine art. In addition, Madame Paulette® will work with insurance companies and can help interface with any claims that you may have



Madame Paulette® will give an immediate evaluation via digital photos, and can be emailed directly to the experts at asktheexpert@madamepaulette.com.



"Even in New York City where there is so much of everything, no store and no service stands out like Madame Paulette® With an ethos that harkens back to days when craftsmanship and service were the rule, Madame Paulette® remains a lifesaver to patrons of fine fashion and furnishings" – F. Hope, Madame Paulette® Customer



ABOUT MADAME PAULETTE:




Founded half a century ago, Madame Paulette® has earned the status as one of the world’s finest Custom Couture Cleaners, offering unrivaled, state-of-the-art cleaning services to a vast array of high-profile clientele. Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Loro Piana, Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta, Celine, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Prada, Yves St. Laurent and Roberto Cavalli are only a few of the designers that Madame Paulette’s® specially trained launderers encounter every day. Madame Paulette® boasts an unparalleled expertise and attention to detail.



ERIK KABIK'S CLASSIC ROCK FOR THE FUTURE

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THE LAS VEGAS GOSSIP
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Erik Kabik



Las Vegas-based photographer Erik Kabik and friends will celebrate the release of Classic Rock For The Future Vol. I: The Photography of Erik Kabik with a party Wednesday, August 31, at the John Varvatos store in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where Kabik's work is on permanent display in The Joint. In addition to several corporate, nightclub and hotel clients, Kabik is Las Vegas' leading celebrity photographer and is the Las Vegas director for the independent photo agency Retna. His subjects have included Robert DeNiro, Barack Obama, Carlos Santana and the Rolling Stones. Classic Rock For The Future Vol. I is, as the title implies, a collection of his portraits of musicians. Kabik is giving 10 percent of the book sales at the event to the Artists 4 Kidz Initiative of the Clark County, NV, Pubic Education Foundation. This program connects children in the Las Vegas schools with the creative energy in the community.


SEPTEMBER AT DUNE POINT FIRE ISLAND

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CHERRY GROVE GOSSIP
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Petra Brehl Welcomes You To Dune Point



We are planning our September vacation to Cherry Grove Fire Island for Cherry's On The Bay's annual Christmas party on the 17th.

We just love our off season vacations at our favorite place in the world, Dune Point. During the month of September, Cherry Grove has their Christmas and Halloween parties and they are so magical. The weather is always beautiful and even if it rains, magic is still in the air.

We do go out to Cherry Grove during the summer, but September is the month we love the most, because most of the world is back into their 9 to 5 grind and working, and we are ready to relax. On the rare occasion when we are up early in Times Square, we watch thousands of people running to their office to start their day. It is a sick sight to see.

We just can not understand how people live their life this way. Everyday the same thing. They get on a train from Long Island or other locations, they travel 2 hours to get to work, they kill themselves all day long at the office, then they start their commute home for another 2 hours. They go to bed and wake up the next morning to do the same thing. I could never understand this. I guess because I am a free spirit and I am such a night person. Since these nine to fivers vacation in the summer like clockwork, we prefer our time off at Dune Point in Cherry Grove off season.

The love and the magic is in the air in September in Cherry Grove. With the Christmas and Halloween parties and the beautiful days, this is the time to relax. My favorite memories are with Dune Point's Petra Brehl, sitting under the overhang at Dune Point in a rain and thunder storm, drinking red wine, passing around the shrimp and cheese platter and forgetting about the rest of the world and just enjoying the beauty of Dune Point and Cherry Grove. These memories are priceless for me and my kid John.

There are no cars on this tiny island vacation resort. Instead of waking up to horns and traffic, you wake up to beautiful sunshine and always a wild deer at your doorstep, stopping by to say hello. We spend our days barbecuing and meeting the other cool guests staying at Dune Point and if we want to party a little, theres always Cherry's On The Bay. Cherry's has great food and great drinks. They have the top DJ's, including Miss Susan Levine. Susan Levine reminds me of the talented DJ's from Studio 54 and the Limelight in New York City in the 70s and 80s. Susan can feel the crowd, she knows what they need and this is a talent that has been lost in this computer age. Susan Levine is a icon in her own right.

So September is our vacation month at Dune Point. Every room has kitchens and everything you may need, plates, silverware etc. Outside almost every door is a barbecue. Dune Point has wonderful ocean views and supplies every beach item you may need. Chairs and umbrellas are on the deck for any guest to grab and use.

Since the summer is winding down at that time, the Grove Market is limited to what they have, so we order tons of food from Peapod on the mainland. They deliver right to the ferry and have it sent right over. We do this at anytime of the year, as the prices in the Grove Market would make you think about getting a second mortgage. Dune Point's Petra Brehl will meet you at the dock with her staff and help you bring everything over to the hotel. If you want to cook in the newly renovated kitchens or barbecue, this is the way to go. Peapod will have the meats and anything that needs to be chilled packed in ice, so everything arrives fresh. They even send over the beer chilled. Not all the rooms are done being renovated, so be sure to look at the photos on Dune Points site to pick one of the new rooms, but even the old style rooms are great. It's not just the rooms at Dune Point, it's the staff. They cater to your every need and the love you feel from Petra Brehl will follow you way after your vacation.

So September is Times Square Gossip's month at Dune Point. If you are planning one last vacation or maybe a wedding in one of the several Gazebo's at Dune Point, this is one trip I am sure you will enjoy. And Times Square Gossip readers always get 10% off their stay at Dune Point. Just type in the word "GOSSIP" at checkout, and the vacation begins. Or you can just call Petra Brehl at 631-597-6261 and tell her you want your Times Square Gossip discount. I am sure this will be a vacation to remember.


Monday, August 29, 2011

THE CASHMERE HOUSE CHRISTOPHER FISCHER

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Christopher Fischer

Celebrity Cashmere Central
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The King Of Cashmere Christopher Fischer



Known to fashion insiders as the King of Cashmere, designer Christopher Fischer has crafted must-have “Hamptons” cashmere pieces for the 2011 summer and fall seasons, such as the signature “Caden” Scarf and the “Eilley” Pointelle Waterfall cardigan! With two boutiques for East End fashionistas, locals and vacationers alike, they will find incredibly soft fabrics and unique styles ideal for any Hamptons’ occasion. Celebrities often found wearing the designs are Jessica Alba, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay, Emma Watson, Paul McCartney and Courtney Cox. This summer word spread and his celebrity clientele has grown to also include Catherine Zeta Jones, John Mayer, Katie Couric, Jessica Biel and Bette Midler!



Christopher Fischer focuses on passion and commitment to ensure that only the finest quality cashmere is used, to achieve the styling, value, color and fit that he is widely acclaimed and recognized for. Christopher Fischer Cashmere isn't just a company—it’s a cashmere lifestyle with integrity to supply only the finest cashmere at realistic value.



With a wide experience and extensive knowledge of designing and manufacturing cashmere, Christopher Fischer has come to be known to industry insiders as The Cashmere House, sourcing only the highest quality Alashan cashmere fiber, followed by its own fiber, and dyeing and spinning of its own yarns; to ensure the cashmere meets the highest standards. All of these measures help ensure its products are absolutely 100 percent “pure.” “When buying our cashmere fiber, we only have one standard, which is to only use the best of the best.” With design and creative studios in New York and London, Christopher Fischer Cashmere manufactures all of its own signature designs, with collections for men, women and baby, as well as pet accessories, home décor and travel must-haves. The Cashmere House also produces for leading designers and major department stores worldwide; these including leading companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, Barneys, Henri Bendel, Harrods, Selfridges, Rodier, Intermix, Coach and Yigal Azrouël.



With more than 25 years of cashmere experience, stretching from the town of Hawick in the border region of Scotland, the birthplace of the Scottish cashmere industry, to the Alashan grasslands of Inner Mongolia in northwest China, which is the sole source of the finest and highest grade of cashmere fiber; Christopher Fischer designs cashmere for a modern lifestyle that reflects effortless casual elegance combining fit, comfort and luxury. The fashion-forward styles are created with a contemporary and relaxed European design sensibility, balanced with New York modernity and innovation, and setting industry standards and directions that others aspire to achieve and follow.



For further information about Christopher Fischer Cashmere and his boutiques located in Southampton, East Hampton, New York City and Greenwich, CT please visit www.christopherfischer.com.


THE 100 MONKEYS HELP OUT VEGAS CHARITY

100 Monkeys


Twilight star Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight saga, helped raise money for the Fender Music Foundation and a grant for music programs here in Las Vegas on Friday night at Flightlinez zipline attraction downtown. The star not only ziplined through Fremont Street Experience for charity, but his band 100 Monkeys put on a free performance for fans.

The event raised nearly $15,000 for the grant.

Photo By: Craig Tanaka

THE YANKEES AT SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY FETE

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Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief at Southern Hospitality, Hell's Kitchen


By: Sara Herbert Galloway
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David And Erin Robertson, Eytan Sugarman And Samantha Kelly


Nick And JoAnna Garcia Swisher With Sara Herbert-Galloway
And Barry Klarberg




Where can you go to see Alex Rodriguez entertaining his friends in the front window, Nick Swisher tending bar and Russell Martin of the NY Yankees DJ'ing? Try Eytan Sugarman's Southern Hospitality in Hell's Kitchen, a place well known for celebrity sightings and great food. New York Yankees' David Robertson and Nick Swisher, along with their wives Erin Robertson and Joanna Garcia Swisher hosted Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief, at Southern Hospitality. Anthony Scaramucci's Skybridge Capital and Armand de Brignac were sponsors. The event was a benefit for the victims of the Alabama Tornadoes. Baseball stars including CC Sabathia, Boone Logan, Curtis Granderson, Darryl Strawberry and Bobby Valentine attended among many others who came out to support the cause. Robertson shared footage from his hometown visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama during the aftermath of the tragic tornado strikes. The evening was a tremendous success.


To contribute or learn more go to www.yankeesunite.org.


BACKSTAGE AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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ON THE BLACK CARPET
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THE 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
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Kreayshawn


Liz Lee


Lenay Dunn


JoJo


Mika Newton


Shaun Robinson


Tyler Hoechlin


Rebecca Black


Tyler Posey


Crystal Reed


Selena Gomez


Skylar Grey


Kevin Hart


Pete Wentz


Bonnie McKee


Kat Deluna


Ashley Rickards


Ne-Yo


Zoe Saldana


Katie Holmes


Kim Kardashian


Pregnant Beyonce


Paul Rudd


Seth Rogen


Katy Perry


Miley Cyrus


Demi Lovato


Wiz Khalifa With Amber Rose


Ron Artest


Benji And Joel Madden


Joe Jonas


Justin Bieber


Russell Brand


BACKSTAGE AT THE MTV MUSIC AWARDS



Nicki Minaj


Britney Spears


Vinny Guadagnino And Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio


Jenni Farley With Nicole Polizzi, Sammi Giancola And Deena Cortese


Roger Williams With J Woww


Lady Gaga


Tyler The Creator


Katy Perry



Here's the inside look backstage at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California.



Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital.