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VMAs 2011: MTV Video Music Awards Live Blog (PHOTOS, VIDEO, WINNERS)

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Whether Adam Levine likes it or not, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. A tradition born in 1984, the event marks a sort of young pop culture extravaganza, with performances and sketches from the top names in corporate-approved subversion.

This year, the event is being held in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by... no one at all. Unable to find a host that fit their requirements, the network decided to go sans MC, instead depending on celebrity award presenters, star-infused sketches and performances from major artists.

Those performances will come from Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Young The Giant, and, as revealed Saturday, the tag team of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Hang out here for all the latest updates from the black carpet and the show itself, with photos, video and commentary galore in our liveblog. Here's a list of all the nominees.

And the night ends with a clip from "The Hunger Games."

A small taste, but not bad.

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@ MTV : GAAAHHHH! @KatyPerry, you're OUR 'Firework'! Congrats on Video of the Year! #VMA

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After Katie Holmes' semi-racist introduction, the award goes to... Katy Perry

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@ MTV : Incredible Amy Winehoue tribute, courtesy of @BrunoMars, @RustyRockets, and Tony Bennett. #VMA

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He wrote a great blog post upon her death, and now he's talking about both his relationship with her and her extraordinary talent.

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Some dude is accepting the Best Female Video award. Weird!

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Sweet booty call for Pauly D! DTF!

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Fun irony: Beyonce is supposed to star in Clint Eastwood's next film, "A Star Is Born."

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@ PerezHilton : Ugh, another homophone at the VMAs! #TylerTheCreatorCanSuckIt

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And the award goes to Tyler The Creator and his entourage and cat shirt

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner presenting Best New Artist... weren't they rumored to be together at one point?

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Beyonce and her baby are performing now

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KISS KISS KISS

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@ ElizabethBanks : Hope ya'll are psyched for #HungerGames sneak peek on #VMAs tonight!!

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The future Beastie Boys:

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Introducing the Britney tribute, Lady Gaga as Joe Calderone said he/she used to touch herself to posters of the "Oops I Did It Again" star.

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Chris Brown dancing to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Just as Kurt Cobain envisioned.

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Kanye standing at attention for Chris Brown's performance. Let's hope he doesn't start crying.

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Justin Bieber thanks God and Jesus. But not the Holy Ghost.

So pensive!

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Please welcome Kim Kardashian... and Kim Kardashian's butt

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BRB, entirely rethinking my existence and life choices, streaming tears and pulling my hair. #Adele

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VMA debut for the Grammy winner. Which really isn't a big deal, but, well, Adele!

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@ NICKIMINAJ : Thank u guys!!! Love u barbz! > RT @MTV: MINAAAAAAAAAJ! Congrats, @NickiMinaj on winning Best Hip Hop Video! You did it, Barbz! #VMA

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Best Collaboration goes to.... Katy Perry and Kanye West. That video was insane, so they deserve it:

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Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Seth Rogen, as the Beastie Boys, introduce Odd Future. One group is cooler than the other.

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Best Rock Video goes to The Foo Fighters. That's two!

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Jay-Z and Kanye performing. An American flag behind them, a Canadian tuxedo on Kanye

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The good thing is that she can donate the outfit to needy children after the show.

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Every award is really Best Pop Video, but we digress. The award goes to: Britney Spears!

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Kevin Hart is the non-host host. Interesting.

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