“Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” Season 4 Episode 7 aired on VH1 Monday night (Aug. 28).
The Hollywood women are forced to pick sides in a war between cliques, Ray J’s effort to develop a sexy new image for Bridget Kelly puts a strain on his marriage, and Moniece squares off with A.D.’s best friend.
Thanks to Taylor Swift and Fifth Harmony, the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards had its fair share of shade and celebrity feuds. However, it also saw the end of one as Drake Bell and Josh Peck hugged it out during the awards show.
The former Nickelodeon stars posted the same picture of the TV brothers embracing each other and squashing their short-lived beef. “Hug me…” Peck wrote. “Reunited and it feels so good,” Bell captioned his post.
Bell and Peck developed a strong relationship during their 2004-07 series Drake & Josh and also previously starred on The Amanda Show together. However, Bell expressed his hurt on social media when he was not invited to Peck’s intimate wedding in June.
The tweets have since been deleted and Bell later stated he was just in his feelings at the time and realized he overreacted. However, at the height of the feud, a source did reveal that the two hadn’t spoken in a long time and Peck wanted to keep his wedding small.
The consensus of social media and critics is that the 2017 VMAs hosted by Katy Perry were pretty much a dud. But at least Drake Bell and Josh Peck rekindling their friendship is the one good thing to come out of the awards show.
Even though Taylor Swift infamously claimed that she wanted to be “excluded from [the] narrative” that is her ongoing feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, the singer did everything but exclude herself as the feud served as the entire concept of her latest video.
Swift debuted the music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” at the VMAs on Sunday night (Aug. 27) and the clip is full of shade and Kimye references.
Embracing Kim calling her a snake, Swift seemingly takes shots at Kim exposing her on Snapchat and stabbing her in the back, Kanye’s disastrous 2016 New York Fashion Week show with fainting models, and she even goes so low to mock Kim being robbed at gunpoint while being held in a bathtub.
But here’s the gag: Kim and Kanye actually did what Swift didn’t and removed themselves from the narrative. TMZ reports the couple isn’t tripping over Swift’s latest stunt of playing the victim. Via TMZ:
As for Kanye, our sources say there are certain feuds he deeply cares about … like the one in which he’s embroiled with Jay-Z and Tidal. As one well-connected source put it, “They’re like brothers who fight but feel bad about it and always end up coming together.” Taylor, on the other hand, isn’t even on his radar.
As for Kim, we’re told the way she sees it, the whole feud ended over a year ago.
Kim revealed in May that she hadn’t spoken to Swift since she exposed her as a liar last summer. If you recall, Kim defended her husband by releasing videos of Swift and Kanye positively discussing the rapper’s song “Famous” during a private phone call. However, publicly, Swift claimed she never told Kanye it was OK to reference her in the song.
I guess Taylor Swift really thought she was going to come out on top in this one-sided long-drawn-out feud. Unfortunately, she just comes off as petty and basically confirms Kim’s assertion the sweet, innocent pop/country princess is, in fact, a cold-blooded snake.
You can watch the full “Look What You Made Me Do” music video below:
Now that MTV has thoroughly run its most valued live performance vehicle into the ground, the network has decided to save on the money it usually spends on landing a good host and instead opted to have one of its musical performers take the reigns.
Katy Perry, who’s had a very so-so year musicwise with the release of her new album Witness, was blessed with the MC job. But unfortunately, somewhere during the Witness promo tour, Katy lost a lot of her nerve and has opted to hide completely behind her sweet and naive persona.
Which is fine, if that’s what she wants to do, but strangely, she’s proceeding with the release and promotion of her Taylor Swift clapback track, “Swish Swish.”
The initial performance of the song on SNL featured Katy smugly snarling and throwing literal receipts at the camera, taunting Swift essentially. But now, Katy has had a come-to-Jesus experience and is sticking to the literal meaning of “Swish Swish” by wrapping it up in a basketball-themed goof session at the VMAs.
Nicki Minaj, who is clearly just happy to cash a check and score some air time, still shows up but for some weird reason, her interactions with Katy are distant and the two don’t lock arms or interact much on stage together in any meaningful way. Perhaps this is because Nicki is disgusted that Katy has wussed out in her war against Taylor? Who knows.
Watch Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj attempt to pull off a “slam dunk” at the VMAs below:
I’m not sure who asked for it, but somehow we’ve ended up with a new Macklemore, even though most of us didn’t want the original Macklemore in the first place.
Logic, who is apparently on his THIRD album, took to the stage to perform his anti-suicide anthem “1-800-273-8255.” While the subject matter (depression, anxiety and suicide) are very important issues to discuss and dissect in art, the way Logic goes about it is too sanitized, too superficial and too commercial-friendly to ring authentic.
But then again, i think I heard that authenticity isn’t as important with the millennial crowd these days so maybe Logic (who gives me throwback vibes to Snow from the 90s) is doing just fine.
Khalid and some random chick also make a guest appearance but I promise you won’t care or remember.
Watch Logic’s very boring afterschool special PSA masquerade as a VMA performance below:
One of the biggest names in pop music (whether we like it or not) is back. This time around, she’s come armed with fiery imagery and snarky putdowns for everyone who is sick and tired of Taylor Swift and her games.
First off, she comes for Kanye and her disgust of his “tilted stage.” She doesn’t cast a Kanye-lookalike in the video, but in the end she does play herself as the doe-eyed young girl onstage at the VMAs holding the moon man that night.
The video is also full of snake imagery, which Kim Kardashian branded Taylor with when she memorably “exposed” Taylor’s lies by playing a phone conversation between Swift and her hubby, in which Taylor gave her blessing for the mention of her on his controversial track, “Famous.”
Much of the video looks and feels like diet Beyoncé, with Taylor strutting and posing like the Queen Bey, but lacking any of the actual talent and dance skills to pull it off. But I’ll give her credit, the make-up artist and wardrobe designer put in work for this video.
I’m not sure I got the dominatrix outfit and scene though. It lent an aggressively sexual undertone that didn’t ladder up to anything more significant.
As for her most prominent female foe, Taylor dons a cat mask and wears a Tiger shirt (hello, “Roar”) as she smashes things with a bat. The sad thing is, Katy Perry has tapped out of this beef and softened her stance already by turning her “Swish Swish” Swift diss track into something pathetically toothless, so all of this fire from Taylor directed at Katy is wasted energy anyway.
The end of the video finds the many versions of Taylor throughout her career justifying and mimicking many of the complaints people have about her celebrity persona, including the most prominent one about her always playing the victim or acting surprised.
Watch Taylor Swift pout, pose and snarl in her “Look What You Made Me Do” video below:
Fresh from the release of their self-titled third album over the weekend, Fifth Harmony hit the stage at the 2017 MTV VMAs, and used their performance to throw a little shade at former group member Camila Cabello.
During the intro, the group started out with five members as they performed their new single “Angel,” but once the beat dropped, the “fifth member” fell backwards off the stage, basically symbolizing Cabello’s abrupt departure last year.
The foursome then went into the album’s lead single “Down,” which featured a quick appearance from Gucci Mane, who also brought his fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir. Another memorable moment from the performance came when Normani Kordei hit a split during her solo part in the song.