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2011 MTV Video Music Awards: The Highlights and the Complete List of Winners

Sunday night’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards had everything you could ask for— well, except a host. Still, who needs a host with the most when you have Lady Gaga dressed as a man?

Yes, the show’s bizarre opener by Lady Gaga featured her dressed as her alter ego, a really unattractive, greaser dude named Jo Calderone. And she kept up the charade all night long with no costume changes, practically scaring the bejeezus out of Video Vanguard Award Winner Britney Spears and 80-something year old actress Cloris Leachman. Yeah, Jo Calderone is no Fonzie.

But Gaga’s venture into manhood wasn’t the show’s only highlight. Musical performances included Jay Z and Kanye West, Beyonce (who proudly introduced us to her baby bump), Chris Brown, Pitbull, Adele and Lil Wayne.

Singer Jessie J had a strange house band gig, which means just as soon as you started to get into one of her songs it broke away to a commercial.

And then there were the tributes. Britney Spears got one (yes, she’s been around for that long ) and the late Amy Winehouse was also remembered by her pals Russell Brand and Tony Bennett, with a tribute song by Bruno Mars.

While the VMA’s host-less format seemed all over the place (as expected), it was pure MTV: scattered, lasery and rushed (watch the Spears “tribute” if you want proof.) This is the one awards show that never seems to go into overtime.

Here are the winners of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
2. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
3. Katy Perry – “Firework” — WINNER
4. Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
5. Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

BEST NEW ARTIST:
1. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
2. Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
3. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers” — WINNER
4. Big Sean featuring Chris Brown – “My Last”
5. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
1. Wayne featuring Cory Gunz – “6’7”
2. Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”
3. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
4. Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”
5. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass” — WINNER

BEST MALE VIDEO:
1. Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
2. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”
3. Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
4. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”
5. Justin Bieber – “U Smile” — WINNER

BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
2. Katy Perry – “Firework”
3. Beyoncé – “Run The World (Girls)”
4. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
5. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” — WINNER

BEST POP VIDEO:
1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
2. Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
3. Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends” — WINNER
4. Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
5. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
1. The Black Keys – “Howlin For You”
2. Foo Fighters – “Walk” — WINNER
3. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
4. Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
5. Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

BEST COLLABORATION:
1. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
2. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
3. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”
4. Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West – “E.T.” — WINNER
5. Nicki Minaj featuring Drake – “Moment 4 Life”

BEST ART DIRECTION:
1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” — WINNER
2. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”
3. Lady Gaga – “Judas”
4. Kanye West featuring Dwele – “Power”
5. Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY:
1. Beyoncé – “Run The World (Girls)” — WINNER
2. Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”
3. Lady Gaga – “Judas”
4. Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”
5. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon – “Rock Party Rock Anthem”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” — WINNER
2. 30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
3. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”
4. Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
5. Beyoncé – “Run The World (Girls)”

BEST DIRECTION:
1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
2. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”
3. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”
4. 30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
5. Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise” — WINNER

BEST EDITING:
1. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”
2. 30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
3. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” — WINNER
4. Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
5. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS:
1. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.” — WINNER
2. Linkin Park – “Waiting For The End”
3. Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
4. Kanye West featuring Dwele – “Power”
5. Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On”

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE:
1. Pink – “F— Perfect”
2. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” — WINNER
3. Katy Perry – “Firework”
4. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”
5. Rise Against – “Make It Stop (September’s Children)”
6. Taylor Swift – “Mean”

Source: 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, August 28, 2011, MTV

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2011 Love Horoscope for Arians

Life may seem quiet in the romantic department once the year gets underway. This doesn’t, however, go to say that you won’t be having fun.

The start of the year is likely to be a busy and sociable time for those born under your sign or who have Aries strong in their horoscopes. It’s a time when professionally you can make new contacts and if romance is associated with business or your partner is interested in your career ambitions, so much the better. But if you feel you are missing out slightly in love, I’m sure that friendship activities will more than compensate.

Although there may be some slight misunderstanding or confusion in a friendship at the start of April while Mercury is retrograde in your sign, generally the astrological skies around your birthday month – March or April – will bring out your natural charisma. This in turn will bring an exciting romantic scene. If you are single, but ready to embark down the road of romance, then there should be plenty of opportunities around this time of the year, to meet the partner of your dreams.

Success in your work could make you feel elated in September and this will enhance all your relationships. People will enjoy your company and they will be inspired by your enthusiasm. Mars, your ruler, will heighten your sex-appeal, but it might also make you a little selfish too. Be particularly aware of your partner’s needs at this time. In October there will be a number of reasons why you will want to devote more time to your partner and those who are closest to you.

The last Quarter of the year is good for Arians who are thinking about establishing a long-term relationship. Your mood will be more serious and you aren’t likely to let your innate restlessness get in the way. True, Arians don’t always like to be tied down or restricted, but, with the right partner, you can look forward to sharing a happy and fulfilling future together.

Finally here’s a quick summary of all areas of your life, Aries, in 2011: Career advancement is likely but some tricky problems must first be overcome. Work behind the scenes during May and June could help you utilize your creative talents. You’ll be serious about your involvement in group activities. But Saturn’s influence over team efforts will help you keep a practical view of how you arrange your leisure time so as not to interfere with your career.

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2011 NBA Playoff Power Rankings

The regular season ended with the two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Sacramento Kings in overtime and securing the second seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. For 14 teams the season is over, but for the 16 teams still standing, the real season is just beginning. One team will win 16 games and hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy in mid-June. Here is a ranking of the 16 playoff teams based on their chances of doing just that.

Possible Conference Finalists

Rank 1: Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 57-25, West’s Second Seed)
Sixteen wins, just 16 wins separate the Lakers from their third consecutive championship. Since 2008, only the Boston Celtics have defeated Los Angeles in a seven-game series; and until someone beats them again, the Lakers will remain NBA Champions.

Rank 2: Orlando Magic (Record: 52-30, East’s Fourth Seed)
Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are looking to make their third straight trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. To get there they will have to upset the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round.

Rank 3: Boston Celtics (Record: 56-26, East’s Third Seed)
The Celtics core of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo has never lost a playoff series to a team without a Kobe Bryant or a Dwight Howard; and both Kobe and Dwight needed seven games to get over the Celtics hump.

Rank 4: Oklahoma City Thunder (Record: 55-27, West’s Fourth Seed)
The addition of Kendrick Perkins gives the Thunder a low-post defender who can guard Tim Duncan one-on-one in a probable second-round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

Rank 5: Chicago Bulls (Record: 62-20, East’s First Seed)
Probable Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. How they handle the adversity that they will eventually face will determine how long their playoff run will last.

Rank 6: Miami Heat (Record: 58-24, East’s Second Seed)
Neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade has ever gotten over the Celtics hump; and unless they do so this year, the Miami Heat All-Star Trio will fail to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, let alone the NBA Finals.

Other Likely First-Round Winners

Rank 7: San Antonio Spurs (Record: 61-21, West’s First Seed)
Even if Manu Ginobili misses a game or two, the Spurs will be able to get by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.

Rank 8: Dallas Mavericks (Record: 57-25, West’s Third Seed)
If Dallas gets by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, they will face the defending champion Lakers in the playoffs for the first time since the 1988 Western Conference Finals.

Lower Seeds Who Might Pull Off the Upset

Rank 9: Denver Nuggets (Record: 50-32, West’s Fifth Seed)
Twenty-four of the Nugget’s 32 losses occurred on the road; and without home-court advantage, beating a Thunder team who won 30 games in Oklahoma City will be a tough, but not impossible, task.

Rank 10: Portland Trail Blazers (Record: 48-34, West’s Sixth Seed)
LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace will all spend time defending Dirk Nowitzki during the Trail Blazers first-round matchup with the Mavericks. If the four of them can contain Nowitzki, Portland just might get four wins and pull off the upset.

First-Round Casualties

Rank 11: Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 46-36, West’s Eighth Seed)
The Grizzlies, who are 0-12 in the playoffs, are seeking their first postseason victory in franchise history.

Rank 12: New York Knicks (Record: 42-40, East’s Sixth Seed)
The Knicks now have their two All-Stars and are in the postseason for the first time since 2004. The next step is for Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to produce a playoff win.

Rank 13: Philadelphia 76ers (Record: 41-41, East’s Seventh Seed)
If the 76ers had a second wing defender to help Andre Igoudala defend LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they might have had a chance at making this series interesting. But they don’t so they won’t.

Rank 14: Atlanta Hawks (Record: 44-38, East’s Fifth Seed)
The Hawks head into the postseason with a six-game losing streak, and now face the Magic, who demoralized them in the second round of last year’s playoffs.

Rank 15: New Orleans Hornets (Record: 46-36, West’s Seventh Seed)
Even with Chris Paul, the Hornets simply do not have enough to make their first-round series with the two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers competitive.

Rank 16: Indiana Pacers (Record: 37-45, East’s Eighth Seed)
Twenty-five wins separate the Pacers and their first-round opponents, the Chicago Bulls. Honestly, the difference between the two teams is not even that close.

2011 NBA Playoff Conference Previews and Predictions

Preview and Predictions for NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs
2011 NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Preview and Predictions

Information from ESPN’s 2010-2011 NBA Regular Season Conference Standings, Yahoo! Sports’ Orlando Magic Playoff History, Boston Celtics Playoff History, Dallas Mavericks Playoff History, Memphis Grizzlies Playoff History and Basketball-Reference’s New York Knickerbockers Team Index was used for this article.

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2011 NFL Draft: Jerrel Jernigan Pros and Cons

Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan set several records as a Troy Trojan. With blazing speed and solid hands, he was consistently productive against every opponent. Jernigan is expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Here are some of the pros and cons to drafting Jerrel Jernigan. All stats are courtesy of CBSSports.com and ESPN.com.

Pros
#1. Production and Records

Jernigan ended his career at Troy University with 262 catches for 3,128 yards. He caught 18 touchdowns. Jernigan set a new single season catch record for the Troy Trojans with 77 in 2008 and also set a record by averaging 6.4 catches per game that year. Despite his size, he’s immensely productive.

Jernigan was a talented returner on special teams. He returned 25 kickoffs for 630 yards and 23 punts for 306 yards during the 2010 season. Jernigan collected 1 touchdown on a kickoff return and 1 off of a punt return.

#2. Quickness and Speed
Jernigan has been timed as fast as 4.34. He explodes off of the line of scrimmage and will force a defender to abandon their backpedal after only a few steps. Jernigan maintains his top speed through his entire route well.

#3. Receiving
Jernigan runs decent routes, but could expand his use of head fakes and body language to create more separation from defenders. He primarily relies on his speed, which won’t be as much of an advantage when going against NFL-caliber cornerbacks.

Although his hands are somewhat small, Jernigan catches the ball away from his body and tucks it into a cradle securely. He has a solid catch radius around his body and will work hard to track down a bad throw by the quarterback.

Cons
#1. Lack of Size

Jernigan is listed at 5’9″ and 190 pounds, but appears smaller. While he has good muscle definition throughout his body, he’s not very strong for his size. Cornerbacks can knock Jernigan off of his route easily and he struggles when trying to beat a jam off of the line of scrimmage.

Jernigan’s lack of strength hinders his ability to make an effective block on a running play. He gives excellent effort, but simply is overwhelmed by stronger defenders.

Opinion
It’s pretty clear that Jernigan will probably be limited to the slot and special teams in the NFL. Despite that, Jernigan looks like he could be extremely productive in the right offensive system.

I think Jernigan’s best draft value is in the late 2nd round or early 3rd round. Because of his limitations, he may be more of a part-time player. But Jernigan’s value could be maximized on a team that likes to spread the field with 3 or 4 wide receivers.

Sources
CBSSports.com Jerrel Jernigan’s Player Profile. February 3rd, 2011.
ESPN.com Jerrel Jernigan’s Player Page. February 3rd, 2011.

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2011 NCAA Tournament to Have 68 Teams

The 2011 NCAA Tournament will have 68 teams if the NCAA has their way. The 2011 NCAA Tournament talks include a new contract with CBS and Turner Broadcasting that will extend for 14 more years on the air. There had been three proposals on NCAA Tournament expansion, with the thoughts being that the field would increase to 68, 80, or 96 in the coming years. The ultimate goal has seemed to be a move from the current 65 team field up to 96 teams, but it seems now like the NCAA will settle on getting an increase to 68 teams for next season. With 68 teams in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, it would mean three extra schools would make the tournament.

The reason that the NCAA can now seriously court the idea of expansion is that they have re-worked their broadcasting deal. They had been under contract with CBS to present the 65 team tournament for at least three more seasons, but CBS wanted to lock down the broadcasting rights for a longer length of time. Under the new contract that was announced today, the broadcasting rights will be worth $10.8 billion to the NCAA over the next 14 years. During that time games will be shown both by CBS and the Turner Broadcasting Channels, but it hasn’t been revealed exactly what that schedule will look like between the two networks. What it does do though, is give the opportunity for more games to be broadcast.

According to ESPN, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee unanimously passed the proposal, and it will now be reviewed by the Board of Directors next Thursday. It really looks like things are in place for an expansion to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, and that will allow at least three more schools to make the post-season tournament. It’s not quite as wide-reaching as a 96-team tournament would have been, but it does create another interesting wrinkle in the college basketball post-season. The way it looks is that there would then become four play-in games instead of the singular one they have in the current 65-team tournament format.

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2011 NBA Finals MVP Prediction

You have 32 teams working to get themselves form 82 games, to the playoffs and ultimately the Finals. It is inevitable for teams to work for these three aspects of their career. Once you get to the finals, you want your best player to win the MVP award. This is every young person’s dream of being the finals MVP in the NBA. As for this season, these players who were once young aspiring players who wanted to be just like Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, now have a chance to go to the Finals and win the award.

There can only be one winner so if you had to pick someone to do it, you have to pick the most likely person who has the best chance to win it. More times than none you choose the person who one it last season and that person is, of course, Kobe Bryant.

Kobe was putting up great numbers during the finals last season and he is not going to disappoint this season. He is going to give everyone in the city of Los Angeles a show, and not disappoint. He will lead them to the finals this season and get another ring.

The only thing that is asked is will he win the MVP of the finals. And the answer is yes. He will win the award unless he loses. If he loses, then more than likely a player from the other team will get it. If that happens then I will say that Paul Pierce or Dwight Howard will get it because the Celtics or the Magic are the favorites to win the East. I know we are in love with Lebron and D-Wade, but that dream is dead this season.

These are some of the players that I see winning the finals MVP this year, but we will have to pay close attention to the season and see what happens what doesn’t happen.

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