5 Wrong Rumors About The MTV VMAs

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VMAs Rumors

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VMAs Rumors


The MTV Video Music Awards are always one of the most-talked about star-studded events of the year. That means the gossip media spends a lot of time peddling phony stories related to the awards show. In honor of the 2018 VMAs, which take place on Monday night, check out five wrong rumors we corrected in past years.

Following the 2015 VMAs, NW claimed Justin Bieber and Britney Spears “locked lips” at an after-party. “Justin sent her a little note during the awards ceremony, inviting her to a private house party he was hosting later that night,” a so-called “insider” was quoted as saying. After Spears supposedly showed up, “She and Justin were all over each other!” But this purported “hook-up” never happened, as Spears never went to any after-parties. In fact, Gossip Cop learned Spears left the VMAs after presenting the first award of the night. She returned home with her sons, and then traveled to Las Vegas for her residency.

When the nominations were announced for the 2016 VMAs, Us Weekly claimed Taylor Swift was “snubbed.” The tabloid wrote, “MTV had a blank space, but didn’t write Taylor Swift’s name,” noting how while Beyonce and Adele achieved multiple nods, but “Swift was not on the list.” The outlet stressed called it “a surprising turn of events.” But as Gossip Cop reported, the lack of nominations was due to Swift being in an off-year. After wrapping up her 1989 World Tour, she retreated for the spotlight, didn’t put out new music, and had no interest in submitting herself for new honors. She also had no plans to attend the awards show. That said, she was snubbed this year: Swift was left out of the Video of the Year nominees, as well as other top categories, for “Look What You Made Me Do,” surprising even the show’s producers.

Shortly before the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards took place, MediaTakeOut touted a “world exclusive.” The site claimed Beyonce was going to do a “once in a lifetime performance” by opening the show with a rendition of “Hold Up” outside Madison Square Garden. The blog maintained fans should “expect tens of thousands of people to show up — and watch a FREE BEYONCE SHOW on 33rd Street,” and even featured photos of what it claimed was the set for the performance. When Gossip Cop separated fact versus fiction on the big event, we pointed out that the A-lister neither opened the show nor performed outside. Beyonce’s VMAs performance, which was a medley of songs from Lemonade, took place during the ceremony and inside the arena. The outdoor stage was actually for Ty Dolla $ign, Lukas Graham and other artists.

After Katy Perry hosted the 2017 VMAs, RadarOnline did a story contending ABC executives thought she did a “disastrous” job, and were regretting signing her as a judge for the “American Idol” reboot. An untraceable “source” alleged, “They are paying her $25 million and she was a total dud [on the VMAs]. No one ever auditioned her for the new ‘Idol’ job and they are freaking out that they hired someone who is terrible on live television.” Gossip Cop, however, was assured that producers remained thrilled that Perry was on board for the music competition’s revival. We were proven right this past May, when ABC renewed “Idol” with all the judges, including Perry, set to return.

This year, Gossip Cop busted a rumor about the 2018 VMAs nearly two months before the show goes down. In late June, MediaTakeOut claimed Ariana Grande was pregnant with Pete Davidson’s baby, and that she had plans to “do a big ‘pregnancy reveal’ at the MTO Video Music Awards [sic] for publicity.” As Gossip Cop said then, with Grande’s album coming out three days before the awards show, it was likely she’d be among the show’s performers. But Grande herself had actually shut down pregnancy rumors on Twitter, telling fans it would be a “few years” before she had children.

Now Grande is set to perform “God Is A Woman” at the VMAs tonight, but her appearance won’t double as a pregnancy announcement. Whatever happens, it’s likely the rumor mill will still be churning, so Gossip Cop will be on the look-out for any false claims that need to be debunked about the MTV Video Music Awards going forward.


Guglielmi, Jodi. “Britney Spears Presents VMA Award for Best Male Video.” People, 30 Aug. 2015.

Gawley, Paige. “Why Taylor Swift Isn't Up for Video of the Year at VMAs (Exclusive).” Entertainment Tonight, 17 Aug. 2018.

Warner, Denise. “Beyonce Performs Selection of 'Lemonade' at the 2016 VMAs.” Billboard, 28 Aug. 2016.

Andreeva, Nellie, and Denise Petski. “'American Idol' Renewed For Season 2 By ABC, Judges & Host Ryan Seacrest Set To Return.” Deadline, 4 May 2018.

Grande, Ariana. “Mood for the next Few Years Til I'm Actually Ready #Fertilequeen.” Twitter, 21 June 2018.

Nordyke, Kimberly. “VMAs: Ariana Grande to Hit Stage Backed by Diverse Group of Over 50 Female Dancers (Exclusive).” The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Aug. 2018.

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