2021 MTV VMA Highlights: Madonna, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber


ET Canada 13 September, 2021 - 05:06pm 6 views

Who is performing on MTV Awards?

Taking the stage at the annual awards show will be a bevy of artists across genres. The big night will see performances from Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Normani, Kacey Musgraves, Chlöe (of sister duo ChloexHalle), and Twenty One Pilots. PEOPLE.comMTV VMAs 2021: Everything You Need to Know About Music's Big Night

Who opened the MTV Awards?

To celebrate MTV's 40th anniversary, there were callbacks to the early days, with the iconic "Video Killed the Radio Star" — the first music video MTV ever showed — playing over the closing credits. Madonna opened the show with a voiceover about her arrival in New York City and the beginning of MTV. CBS News2021 MTV VMAs: Lil Nas X takes home top prize and more highlights

What did Billie Eilish win at the Vmas?

BTS won best group and best k-pop while Grammys darling Billie Eilish took home the video for good award and shared best Latin with Rosalía for “Lo Vas A Olvidar.” Here is a full list of award nominees, with the winner's name in bold. USA TODAYThe complete VMAs winners' list including Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, BTS and Olivia Rodrigo

MTV VMAs: Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly nearly fight on the red carpet in bizarre moment

The Washington Post 14 September, 2021 - 02:31am

What's inside Google's new Android 12 operating system for phones? We found some tricks that fly under the radar. 

Google released the fifth and final beta for Android 12 in early September and noted that the official release is only a "few weeks" away. The current build is a release candidate, which means that -- if there aren't any major bugs or issues -- it's likely to be the same build at official release. We are so close to the release of Android 12, I can almost taste it. Well, actually, that's not true now that Google has ditched naming Android updates after desserts. But I digress. 

If you have a compatible phone, you can install Android 12 right now through Google's public beta program. This will get you early access to things like Android 12's new privacy features, and a completely new look for Android -- the biggest one to date.

But, as I often say when new operating systems are released, the best features are usually the hidden ones. These are features that haven't been announced, but ones you have to dig into the operating system to find. For example, there's a dedicated game mode in Android 12, but it's buried in the Settings app. There's also a shortcut to your device's notification history for when you accidentally dismiss an alert.

I'm still digging through Android 12 and what it has to offer, but so far I've found four hidden features that are sure to be useful. 

Learn smart gadget and internet tips and tricks with our entertaining and ingenious how-tos.

In Android 12, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of your notification shade, where you'll see a new History button. Tap it, and you'll see recently cleared notifications as well as alerts from the last 24 hours. 

If you see Manage instead of History, that's because Notification History isn't turned on. Enable it by tapping on Manage, then select Notification History and slide the switch to the On position. 

You now have quick access to your past notifications. 

A new one-handed mode in Android 12 may not be a headlining feature, but it's one that could make a big difference in how you use your phone. This is especially true if you're using a phone with a big display, like the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The new one-handed mode moves the top half of whatever's on your screen to the bottom half, making it easier to tap a quick settings tile or a notification. To use it, place a finger on the small bar at the bottom of your phone's screen and swipe down. It may take a few tries, but once you get the gesture figured out, it's easy to reproduce. 

Before you can do that, though, you'll need to turn it on by going to Settings > System > Gestures > One-Handed Mode and slide the switch to the On position. Below the switch to enable the feature, you'll have two options: Pull screen into reach or Show notifications. Select the first option and then close out the Settings app.

Use the new Game Mode in Android 12 to boost performance or live stream on YouTube. 

If you play a lot of games on your Android device, you'll be happy to know that Google is adding a dedicated Gaming Mode to Android 12. When it's turned on, your phone will do things like automatically turn on do not disturb when you start playing. 

But you'd never know the mode existed if you didn't venture deep into, of all places, your notification settings. More specifically, go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Schedules. Once there, check the box next to Game Mode to turn it on. Next, tap on the Settings gear icon to and toggle both items.

In my brief experience testing it, game mode doesn't work in every game (looking at you, Asphalt 9). It does work in Call of Duty Mobile, however. When it's active, you can do things like force your phone to optimize itself for gaming in a single-tap or view your device's current frames per second.

The app grid on your phone's home screen normally ranges for a 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6 grid (or similar combinations). However, in Android 12 on the Pixel 5, there's a new app grid option that's downright funny at first glance -- 2x2. I assume this is limited to just Pixel phones, but hopefully, other phone-makers adopt it, as it's a huge accessibility feature for those in need of larger app icons. 

Switch to the new 2x2 layout with a long-press on your home screen, then select Styles & Wallpapers> Grid > 2x2

We don't know when Google will officially release Android 12, but until then make sure to check out our favorite Android 12 features thus far. And if you're ready (read: brave enough) to take the plunge, here's how to install Android 12 right now.

Celebrity Corner - 40th Annual Video Music Awards - 09/13/2021

KOLR Nexstar 14 September, 2021 - 02:31am

It’s Doja Cat’s World Now, and She’s Making It Weirder

Complex 13 September, 2021 - 02:20pm

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When we connect on Zoom just days before her hosting gig at the VMAs, during another busy rehearsal week, Doja explains that she’s just woken up. She’s alert, though, and with all that she’s been balancing as of late, she’s laser-focused on bringing her whole vision, as it ties into her third studio album Planet Her, to life. 

Outside of hosting this year’s show (where she pulled off some of the night’s most memorable looks and brought home two awards for both Best Art Direction and Best Collaboration), performing what she says was her biggest festival set to date only a week before, and riding the high of her June album, the chart-topping artist has added yet another accolade to her rolodex of Planet Her-era milestones: Doja is now a musical face of Pepsi. 

Appearing in the company’s latest commercial for the Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop, featuring her own refreshing reimagination of Grease’s “You’re The One That I Want,” Doja has now become a piece of the company’s storied musical lineage. Michael Jackson did it. Britney Spears did it. Beyoncé did it. And now, Doja Cat is letting Pepsi into her atmosphere. 

“It’s very hard to process at first, and I feel like my success has been very slow,” Doja tells Complex. “And to see things happen this way—the fact that I got Pepsi just really solidified something—but it’s hard to see that sometimes. Because I’m constantly on the road and constantly working, you don’t really get a chance to realize. I mean, some people ask you, like, ‘Are you feeling it yet? Has it hit you?’ And it’s like, sure, but I’m just too busy to really get in my head about everything. But it’s a really beautiful opportunity. I’m so happy to have been offered this, and just looking at all the people who’ve done it before. I’m not that, but you know, I’m told that.”

As she continues her remarkable Planet Her run of Hot 100 successes, television appearances, and nostalgic soda-sipping, Doja took some time to explain to Complex what her latest partnership means to her. She also spoke about the importance of making things a little “weird,” the lessons she’s learned from her latest album, and why the next planet she conquers might just be in the galaxy of acting. 

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