Lady Gaga is flat out baby crazy ... which is no surprise given her last name is gaga.
We see babies get handed to politicians and celebs all the time ... but when you turn one over to Gaga, you'd better be ready for a show.
And Gaga -- who was in Australia prior to her artRAVE Tour -- did NOT disappoint.
There are no small gigs for Gaga ... especially in front of a live audience ... so this lucky kid got itself a PITCH-PERFECT performance ... which we're guessing was done for the benefit of the cameras.
Gaga, get that high note ready for us, in ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
Young Jeezy Arrested
Assault Rifle Found
During Concert Shooting Investigation
8/25/2014 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy is currently behind bars for possession of an assault rifle ... and TMZ has learned the weapon turned up during the investigation into the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa's concert Friday night.
We're told Irvine PD executed a search warrant on the rapper's tour bus Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in connection with the shooting in Mountain View, CA ... where a man died after being shot 5 times.
Jeezy is on tour with Wiz ... and law enforcement sources tell us during the search cops found an assault rifle they believe belongs to Jeezy. Several members of Jeezy's entourage were also arrested for gun possession.
Jeezy's being held on $1,000,000 bail -- and he's still in custody.
VMA Party Gunman
Caught on Tape
But No One's Talkin'
8/25/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who shot Suge Knight and 2 others at a pre-VMA party early Sunday is on tape clear as Knight -- problem is ... so far the eyewitnesses are clamming up.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 1Oak has a sophisticated surveillance system that covers almost the entire club, and at least one of the cameras clearly shows the gunman firing the shots. We're told the shooter's facial features are clear enough to make out.
As TMZ first reported ... cops are zeroing in on gang rivalry as a motive. Suge and Chris Brown -- who were inside the club -- make no secret of their Bloods affiliation. The Game -- who was denied entry -- also wears his Bloods affiliation on his sleeve.
We're told none of the witnesses want to be the person who fingers the gunman -- for obvious reasons.
We're told cops still have others to interview -- including Suge, who is currently sedated.
If all else fails, authorities may release the video so someone in the public can come forward -- almost certainly anonymously.
BS No Time to Zip
Wardrobe Malfunction STAGED
8/25/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.
Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.
We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.
And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.
Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.
I Missed My Snake
During VMA Performance
8/25/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj delivered a killer performance Sunday night at the VMAs, but she says it would have been better if she'd had a live snake on stage with her as planned ... ya know, before it bit someone.
TMZ broke the story ... a 6-foot long Anaconda bit a dancer during Nicki's run-through of "Anaconda." She had the snake with her at the Forum Sunday, but MTV opted against using it.
When our photog spotted Nicki leaving Republic Records' VMA party at Project nightclub after the show ... she said the bit dancer was actually up on stage with her. She seems upset her snake wasn't there too.
Bet that dancer isn't.
VMA Party Shooting
Hot Model Hit
'My Ass Took A 9mm' Bullet!!!
8/25/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fashion model Megan Hawkins just earned her street cred ... but it may hamper her career ... she took a bullet apparently meant for Suge Knight at Chris Brown's VMA party ... and took it in the butt.
The 5'11" blonde-haired, blue-eyed model posted photos -- showing her in a hospital bed and using a walker to get around -- with the comment, "my ass took a 9mm and I'm keeping it as a souvenir."
Megan -- who's just 19 -- was one of 3 people shot inside 1Oak nightclub early Sunday morning.
Here's an unspoiled view of Megan pre-wound. Enjoy.
See, I Told You I Was
Dating Katy Perry!
8/25/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Riff Raff tried telling us he was dating Katy Perry months ago and we didn't believe him ... but Sunday night, the two looked like quite the couple -- the key word being ... LOOKED.
Following the VMAs, our photog spotted the happy couple leaving Mastro's wearing matching denim outfits. They were both clearly tipsy and joked about picking baby names.
But when you see the car door close ... and Katy's hand press against the window -- this all starts to look like they're both trying way too hard. It's not that we don't want RR to land a chick like Katy ... it's just that their gushing stinks of a publicity stunt.
Back in March, Riff Raff told us he and Katy were a thing, but check out the other girl in the video ... we assumed he was just kidding. Based on last night's video, we were probably right.
JLo & Casper
Not Ready for Primetime
8/25/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart insist they're not back together, and Sunday night at the VMAs ... they went through great lengths to show they aren't ... which totally means they are.
As TMZ first reported, despite being photographed together last week ... her people swear they're leading separate lives and just friends.
So J.Lo and Casper walked the VMA red carpet separately, sat separately at the VMAs (except for a quick reunion for candy) and each showed up at Mastro's following the show ... but left separately.
Where there's smoke ...
'Suits' Star Neal McDonough
Wife Flung Off Stage
8/25/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The wife of "Suits" star Neal McDonough was flung off a famous L.A. stage ... and it was captured on video.
Neal's wife was pulled from the crowd to dance with The Dan Band during a set at the Roxy ... when an attempted twirl went horribly wrong.
Watch as Mrs. McDonough landed in her hubby's lap -- almost randomly.
Drinks + Heels + Stage Dancing = Bad Idea.
Video Attack Isn't Enough to Prosecute
Snitches get Stitches
8/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is way better at dodging charges than bullets … because even though he attacked someone at a pot shop, and it's caught on video -- he's not being prosecuted because of "insufficient evidence."
We broke the story -- which was pretty awesome -- Suge got denied at the Medstar Collective in L.A. back in February because he didn't have a medical marijuana card. He went ballistic and slugged a guy in the face -- which you clearly see on the video.
But prosecutors tell TMZ ... they're not filing charges because they believe video alone won't cut it. Who knows ... maybe someone was stupid enough to throw the first punch that wasn't caught on tape.
But we're told the reality is this ... prosecutors need witnesses and if you know anything about Suge, you'll understand that no one is talking.
As we first reported … Suge was shot multiple times early Sunday on the Sunset Strip, and after lifesaving surgery he's recovering in a hospital.
Still … no one wants to get Vanilla Iced.
Moments After Bullets Tore Through His Body
8/24/2014 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained video showing Suge Knight shortly after he was hit by 6 bullets ... and he's surrounded by cops with their guns drawn.
In the video ... Suge can be seen on his knees, crouched behind a white Bentley parked outside 1Oak nightclub ... and appears to be in distress -- although the gunshot wounds are not obvious.
Witnesses tell us he sought protection behind the car as other people fled the club ... where Chris Brown had been hosting a VMA party.
Sources connected to Knight's family tell us ... Suge took 6 bullets -- 1 in the arm and 5 in the stomach. Doctors recovered 3 of the bullets ... we're told the other 3 went straight through his body.
J.Lo's Secret Sugar Daddy
... At MTV VMAs
8/24/2014 8:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart REUNITED at the MTV VMAs ... if only for a quick second ... when the dancer made J.Lo an offer she couldn't refuse -- Skittles.
Despite the fact they were sitting in different sections, Casper made his way over to Jennifer's section during a commercial break with a sugary peace offering ... and the whole thing was captured on the VMA livestream.
As we previously reported, the two were spotted out together earlier this week -- despite the fact they recently broke up.
Signs of a reconciliation ... or did Casper just get played for some Skittles?
Snake Gets Booted
Hours Before VMAs
8/24/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj's would be "Anaconda" co-star -- the snake that bit a dancer during Friday's rehearsal -- did not get the chance to strike a second time … and TMZ got the shot of the reptile getting 86'd just hours before the VMAs.
Sources at VMA rehearsals tell us the offending python was at the L.A. Forum today -- just in case Nicki, her team and MTV felt comfortable going forward with the performance as planned.
But we're told the final decision was made to cut the snake a few hours before show time, and handlers loaded the rejected serpent into a container and unceremoniously removed it from the premises.
Sometimes showbiz bites.
By the way, nobody was thinking about the snake once Nicki hit the stage.