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Iggy & J.Lo

Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs

With Their Booty

11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

111914_jlo_iggy_ass2assIggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.

Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.

It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.

The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?

Pray God.

Johnny Depp

BOMBED at Awards Show

In More Ways Than One

11/15/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111514_johnny_depp_hollywood_awards_launchJohnny Depp was either really drunk Friday night at the Hollywood Film Awards, or ... who are we kidding, he was really drunk. 

Depp was presenting the best documentary award to “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” ... but it took about 3 seconds to realize the actor had partaken at the table.

CBS eventually cut to a commercial after Depp rambled on, dropping a few cuss words ... and guess who was still there when they came back from break, ready to hand off the award?

Mike Myers, one of the film's directors, told Variety the whole thing was very rock and roll.

Yeah, in a Joplin-y sort of way.

Paris Hilton

Take That Deadmau5

... I Won a DJ Award

11/13/2014 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1113-paris-hilton-dj-awards-SplashDeadmau5 may have won the battle, but it looks like Paris Hilton won the war -- because the heiress scored an award in Monte Carlo for spinning ... and it was presented by a legendary DJ.

Paris won "Women's Newcomer of the Year" Wednesday at the NRJ DJ Awards ... and Bob Sinclar handed her the honorary statue.

It may not be the Grammy's ... but with winners like Avicii, David Guetta and Steve Aoki -- it's pretty impressive. Especially since it was voted on by the fans.

Deadmau5 was not impressed ... he just tweeted, "Congrats on the NRJ award.  What the f*** is an nrj award?"

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Carrie Underwood

Suck It, Mr. President!!!

11/6/2014 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

110614_cma_monologue_launch_v3Carrie Underwood may not be your classic country s**t-kicker, but she's definitely a s**t-stirrer ... because she got the CMA crowd all riled up Wednesday night by taking a shot at the Prez.

Carrie and Brad Paisley got all political with a reference to Taylor Swift, whom they suggested has abandoned country music.

There's a tiny bit of room for interpretation ... whether the audience is going wild over the fact that the Democrats lost the Senate, or whether Obama is so unpopular he derailed his own party.

It's the second time in 2 years Obama's been skewered at the Country Music Awards.

Oh, and Brad took a shot at TMZ, too. We'll take that as a challenge.

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Sinead O'Connor

AMA Producers DID Want the Pope

And I Got Proof!

10/27/2014 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sinead O Connor AMA Pope FrancisSinead O'Connor says she's got proof AMA producers wanted her to stand alongside Pope Francis during their upcoming show ... and claims anyone saying otherwise is full of crap! 

We broke the story ... an American Music Awards source told us Sinead's recent rant against them was ridiculous -- because they never discussed a Pope appearance. But O'Connor says that's BS.

TMZ obtained emails between Sinead's management team and her record label ... clearly referring to a discussion they had with AMA staff about appearing alongside the Pope.

Sinead's manager claims when he asked who producers were trying to snag for the show ... the record label rep said, "Take a deep breath ... Pope Francis. No joke."

It appears Sinead's position is that the AMAs wanted her essentially for a stunt ... to bring her and the Pope together on the stage, given the backdrop of beef the singer had with the Pontiff.

O’Connor tells TMZ that she believes show producers are just trying to damage her career by labeling her a liar. She feels used.

Sinead O'Connor

Lied About Pope Duet Plans

10/20/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1020-sinead-pope-ama-getty-tmz-02American Music Awards sources are saying they never wanted Sinead O'Connor to stand alongside Pope Francis on their show ... they say she was the one pushing for the appearance.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... it was actually HER team who contacted the AMAs ... but having Sinead end her Pope beef during the show was NEVER discussed.

We're told show producers were interested in Sinead being on the show ... but they say her claims about the Pope -- which she made on her blog -- are ridiculous and a tweet was never sent.

Sources say producers feel Sinead's been spewing BS for decades, so this rant is nothing new. More importantly ... we're told she will absolutely not be appearing on the award show now.

Sinead famously ripped apart a photo of Pope John Paul II during her 1992 performance on "Saturday Night Live" ... which got her banned from the show for life.

MTV VMAs

Stagehand Sues

The Award for Best Fall Goes to...

9/5/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0904-mtv-vmas-stage-and-logo-getty-01You couldn't blame a stagehand from the MTV Video Music Awards for having stage fright -- the guy took a painful fall off a red carpet platform ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Barry Glenn Bass says he was part of a work crew on the 2012 award show at Staples Center ... when a stage collapsed, causing him to plunge six feet. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, he says the stage had not been properly supported.

Bass claims he was hurt badly enough that he was unable to work and got saddled with medical bills. The suit doesn't specify his injuries.

He's suing MTV's parent company, Viacom ... and AEG, which owns the venue -- saying they were responsible for the "unsafe" conditions that caused his tumble.

We reached out to MTV and Viacom … So far, no word back.

Suge Knight

I Don't Care Who Shot Me

9/2/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

090214_suge_knight_tmzlive_launchSuge Knight says it doesn't really matter who fired six shots into his body during a pre-VMA party -- because he's not concerned with getting revenge ... or at least that's what he wants you to believe.

Suge called in to TMZ Live Tuesday to talk about his recovery since the the shooting last month, and gushed about everything from his treatment at Cedars-Sinai ... to his new outlook on life after surviving.

As for who shot him -- Suge hints he might have seen the suspect, but quickly states it doesn't really matter because he's focused on other things now.

As TMZ first reported ... Suge dodged conversations with investigators while he was in the hospital. Now that he's recovering at home ... it doesn't sound like Suge's changed that stance.

Suge Knight

6 Bullet Holes & Huge Surgery Scar

The First Photos

9/2/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

suge-knight-bullet-wounds-gallery-launch-template-NEW-01Suge Knight's torso looks like a piece of Swiss cheese -- riddled with 5 bullet holes, plus another in his arm -- and these photos of the damage make you wonder how in the world he survived.

In the pics, obtained by TMZ, some of Suge's wounds are still packed with gauze ... after the shooting nine days ago at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.

You can also see the massive scar down the middle of his gut-- sources tell us doctors had to slice his torso open to make sure the bullets did not hit any major organs. Amazingly, they did not.

One crazy detail -- the bullet hole in Suge's arm is inches away from his ink honoring Tupac. One cool detail -- docs stapled him up so well, his tatt of a vintage whip almost looks untouched.

Thug life.

Kim Kardashian

Keep Rita Ora Away From Me!

9/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian Rita Ora VMAsKim Kardashian gave Rita Ora the cold shoulder at the VMAs last Sunday -- refusing to sit near her -- and sources close to the family say it's because Kim blames her for screwing with Rob Kardashian's head.

We're told Kim arrived at the awards show and discovered her seat was just a couple away from Ora's. Not wanting any drama ... she asked producers to find her a different seat. We're told she wasn't a diva, she just didn't want to have to be social with Rita.

0829-rita-ora-chair-TWITTER-01Sources close to the Kardashians tell us the family still blames Ora for some of Rob's issues ... since his ugly breakup with her in 2012.  

VMA producers had to scramble, but ultimately they found a seat for Kim ... with Kendall and Kylie.

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Suge Knight

Released From Hospital ...

Nursing Wounds at Home

8/27/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Suge Knight left an L.A. hospital early Wednesday ... just 3 days after taking SIX gunshots to the gut at a pre-VMA party -- and he's healing amazingly well.

Suge's rep tells TMZ ... the music mogul left Cedars-Sinai around 6 AM, and doctors say he won't need any rehab -- just a few follow up visits.

As we previously reported ... Suge got blasted Saturday night at 1Oak nightclub at a Chris Brown hosted event -- but he's refusing to cooperate with the police investigation.

We're told Suge is already back on a regular diet, and if he keeps his bandages clean ... he'll be good to go.

Only Suge makes getting shot look like it's no big deal.

Bryan Cranston

Neighbors Are the Ones Who Knock

To Say Congrats on Emmy

8/26/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bryan Cranston is beloved by all his neighbors for playing a horrifying villain, and they let him know it by decorating the front of his house after his Emmy win.

After Bryan won for Best Actor ... the "Breaking Bad" star returned home to find balloons tied to his fencing and a handwritten note congratulating him.

But the thing is ... the note looks like it was written by neighborhood kids -- and we all know ... "Breaking Bad" is NOT fun family viewing.

Maybe they're just "Malcolm in the Middle" fans.

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Suge Knight

I Ain't No Snitch

Not Talking to Cops

8/26/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Suge Knight is NOT talking to cops about the 6 bullets that penetrated his body ... refusing to drop a dime on anyone.

Sources close to Suge tell us ... the wounded mogul is fully conscious, although on several occasions police were turned away on false info -- that he was supposedly sedated.

But during one visit cops were actually allowed to see Suge. A source tells us when they asked about the shooting ... Suge acted disoriented, asking, "I was shot?"

We're also told witness cooperation has been minimal. If no one steps forward it will be tough to identify who pulled the trigger ... even though the gunman is on surveillance video at 1Oak.

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