KISS & MAKE UP
It’s not nearly the Madonna-Britney Spears lip-lock at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but Lindsay Lohan and Ashlee Simpson make nice for the camera backstage at this year’s VMAs. Both singers – who are reportedly feuding over Lohan’s ex Wilmer Valderrama – were nominees for best pop video (Lohan for “Rumors” and Simpson for “Pieces of Me”). Both were beaten out by Kelly Clarkson.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS
Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani (in a leopard-print dress from her L.A.M.B. collection) show off their finery on the VMAs white carpet. The duo scored $50,000 each from host Sean “Diddy” Combs for being the best-dressed attendees. What will they do with their dough? Stefani will donate hers to the Orange County Children’s Hospital in Southern California, while Snoop is putting his toward the Snoop Youth Football League.
TAKEN BY STORM
Hurricane Katrina passed by Miami, but inside the VMAs Kelly Clarkson closes the show with her own rain-drenched performance of “Since U Been Gone.” The American Idol champ won two Moonmen for the song – best pop video and best female video. When Clarkson won for the latter, she brought her hometown pal Amy onstage “because I don’t have a posse.”
Color-coordinated Newlyweds Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey squeeze in some couple time as they arrive at the VMAs. Later, Simpson presented the award for best RampB video to Alicia Keys (for “Karma”) with sister Ashlee, saying the siblings know all about soul – because they’re from the “dirty South.”
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria meets her fans in a silver dress by Korean designer Doo Ri. How’d she get ready for the big event? She “always eats pizza” as a red-carpet ritual, she tells PEOPLE. Onstage to introduce Mariah Carey, she sported a body-baring one-piece, explaining, “I wasn’t going to let a little hurricane prevent me from wearing my bathing suit!”
Elizabethtown costars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom – who was called “pretty” by host Diddy – enjoy the scene backstage at the VMAs after presenting Green Day with a best rock video Moonman for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
Hilary Duff and her boyfriend, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, take the stage in their first TV appearance together to introduce best new artist winners The Killers, who performed “Mr. Brightside.” Duff tells PEOPLE that Madden’s recent assertion that she is the “greatest singer today” was misstated. “I think it came up on MTV News,” she says. “He probably said ‘one of the best.’ I know I’m not the best singer around.”
Billie Joe Armstrong kicks off the VMAs with Green Day’s anthem “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” which garnered his group seven awards, including video of the year. “It’s great to know that rock music still has a place at MTV,” Armstrong said.
Nicky and Paris Hilton cozy up at the Yahoo Music Pre-VMA bash in Miami Beach. Later in the evening, Paris left her sister sitting pretty in the audience to present the viewer’s choice award to Green Day and compare jewelry with her co-presenter, teen rapper Bow Wow.
Mariah Carey arrives at Club Prive for a pre-party, where she was spotted hanging with recently single film star Eddie Murphy. Carey got in on the VMA action later, when her medley of “It’s Like That, “Shake It Off” and “We Belong Together” was broadcast from her poolside location at the National Hotel.
Kanye West and Jamie Foxx team up for the rapper’s hit “Gold Digger” (the Oscar winner handled the background vocals). West, whose new album, Late Registration, drops tomorrow, took home a Moonman for best male video.
After making a splashy entrance through fire and water, Shakira gets down as she performs her MTV favorite “La Tortura.” The singer is the first artist to earn a best female video nomination for a song in Spanish.