The 2008 Video Music Awards
"This is the 2008 Video Music Awards and it starts right now," Britney Spears announced to the audience at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood as MTV's annual music bash kicked off. Britney didn't sing, but R&B superstar Rihanna provided the perfect opening act entertainment with a goth-inspired rendition of her hit, "Disturbia" and a duet with T.I. Though she didn't take home any awards, Rihanna certainly left a lasting impression on every attendee. "Give it up for Rihanna in that outfit! Chris Brown is a lucky guy," said Jaime Foxx.
Christina Aguilera & More!
"I can't believe it's already been a decade," said Christina Aguilera, looking back at the evolution of her career before she headed inside to wow the crowd on stage. Aguilera marked the occasion by dressing to the nines in a Roberto Cavalli dress, and posed with Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas.
Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge
Reality-star-turned-designer Lauren Conrad (in Pogah) offered her rundown of the evening's leading ladies and their style choices. "Rihanna always looks amazing! She takes a lot of chances," Conrad-who stuck close to Hills pal Audrina Patridge-mused.
"Thank you for all the love," Britney Spears (in Versace) told the audience. Spears took home three objects of affection-Moonmen awards for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year-and threw caution to the wind to poke fun at herself in a skit with Jonah Hill.
Taylor Swift & More!
Both up for Best New Artist, Miley Cyrus (in Zac Posen) and Katy Perry (in a vintage ensemble) put feud rumors to rest when they arrived together in the same limousine. "We're all going to fight it out,” joked Cyrus when she and Perry joined Taylor Swift (in Blumarine) on the carpet. "We're going to fight after the cameras go off," Swift promised.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
High School Musical sweethearts Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron (in Dolce & Gabbana) teamed up to introduce Christina Aguilera's performance. "I was listening to all kinds of random stuff on my iPod," Efron said when asked how he got in the mood for the big show.
A very pregnant Ashlee Simpson looked super-chic in a flowy Alexander McQueen gown. "You've got to pick a dress that doesn't cling to your belly," said the mommy-to-be when asked about her philosophy on maternity style.
As a Best Female Artist and Best New Artist nominee, American Idol alum Jordin Sparks (in Betsey Johnson) had a lot to celebrate. "Just to be nominated is phenomenal for me," the glittering Sparks giggled. How did it feel to be up against veterans like Mariah Carey and Britney Spears? "If they win, I'll be happy for them. But I'd love to win," she admitted.
“I'm blowing up a couple buildings. I broke a rib in rehearsals yesterday," joked Pink when asked what she had in store for the audience. Though there were no explosions, Pink didn't disappoint when she took the stage to sing her hit track, "So What?"