Grapevine: Cardi B leads MTV VMA nominations
Also news on Dennis Rodman, Bruce Willis and Guns N' Roses
Cardi B on top of VMA nominations
Cardi B leads all nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, scoring 10 nominations, while the Carters (aka Beyonce and Jay-Z) follow with 8. Both are nominated in the Video of the Year category, for the "Finesse (Remix)" and "APES**T," respectively, alongside Ariana Grande ("No Tears Left to Cry"), Camila Cabello f/ Young Thug ("Havana"), Childish Gambino ("This is America") and Drake ("God's Plan"). On a local level, Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges' "Liberated” is up for Best Video with a Message, and Eminem and Ed Sheeran's "The River" is nominated for Best Cinematography. The VMAs will be handed out at 9 p.m. Aug. 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Rodman bombs at Bruce Willis roast
Things didn't go as planned for Dennis Rodman when he appeared at the taping for "The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis" on Sunday night. The former Detroit Piston reportedly struggled through his lines, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and elicited boos when he made a joke comparing Willis' box office bombs to the nuclear weapons stockpiled by Kim Jong-un. "You keep making these bomb movies like Kim," Rodman said, "but at least he is smart enough not to release his." Also appearing at the roast were Demi Moore, Edward Norton, Martha Stewart, Nikki Glaser, Lil Rel Howery, Jeff Ross and Willis' Moonlighting co-star, Cybill Shepherd. The special is scheduled to air July 29.
Guns N' Roses surpass video milestone
After all these years, people are still wrapped up in the mystery of "November Rain." Guns N' Roses' 1992 music video has become the first video from the '90s to reach 1 billion views on YouTube, Forbes reports. The mega-budget, nine minute-plus video features supermodel Stephanie Seymour, a wedding, a mysterious death and Slash rocking a guitar solo in a dust storm. A surge of views came for the video in 2017 to the tune of more than 500,000 per day, as the group continues its "Not in This Lifetime" tour. As the band's tour has shifted, so have the video's views, with 83 percent of the views this year coming from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, according to Forbes. Here's another feather in the cap for GNR: the band also lays claim to the biggest YouTube hit of the 1980s, as well, as the "Sweet Child O' Mine" has nearly 700 million views.
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