11/09/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

MTV Video Music Award Party Roundup

When the MTV Video Music Awards last hit L.A. in 2008, there were two competing gifting suites in the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel alone. One economic crash later finds the same marketers and PR firms creating new events to activate their clients across parties this weekend. Now, there's hardly a swag suite in sight. Here's a rundown of the top tickets, tightest lists, and why you should keep checking your BlackBerry on Saturday night.