SHOW BITS: Nicki gets religion; Alicia brings baby
Nicki Minaj arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
X MARKS THE SPOT
The first album Demi Lovato got was by her fellow "X Factor" judge, Britney Spears.
"I don't remember anything from it because I was so young," the 20-year-old winner for best video with a message said backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. "I just remember holding it and thinking she's really pretty."
So what's it like working with her childhood idol?
"The fact that I'm getting to sit next to her for any reason in life is pretty incredible, let alone being on the same panel as her," Lovato said.
But the reality TV judge isn't offering any guidance to new "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey.
"I can't give any advice to Mariah Carey," Lovato said. "I think that would just be silly. I'm still new at judging myself, so I can't give anyone advice."
However, she does have a suggestion for a potential "Idol" judge to serve alongside Carey: "Who I would like to see on 'American Idol' is Nick Jonas."
— Sandy Cohen — Twitter http://twitter.com/APSandy
BABY ON BOARD
Could Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz not find a baby sitter?
The singer and producer were spotted during the MTV Video Music Awards with their almost 2-year-old son, Egypt, bobbing up and down on Beatz' lap during Pink's expletive-laden performance of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."
There was instant outcry on Twitter where several of Keys' fans noted that this is the bawdy, loud MTV VMAS, not the kid-friendly Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Others just thought Egypt was cute.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
QUICKQUOTE: NICKI MINAJ
"Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. I don't know. Oh my God. I really didn't expect this." — a surprised Nicki Minaj after winning the best female video for "Starships" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Even before the show started, three MTV Video Music Awards were already in winners' hands.
Demi Lovato, who performed on the red carpet, and Calvin Harris, who spun tunes inside the Staples Center before the ceremony, respectively picked up honors in two new categories: best video with a message for Lovato's "Skyscraper" and best electronic dance music video for Harris' "Feel So Close."
"I've always wanted one of these!" beamed Lovato.
One Direction also earned a moon-man trophy in the new most share-worthy category for "What Makes You Beautiful." The British boy band nabbed the award because they garnered more than 27 million tweets with the (hashtag)VoteOneDirection on Twitter. Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" came in second place, earning more than 26 million tweets.