MTV VMAs: Tyler, the Creator best new artist; Beyonce pregnant
Los Angeles was well-represented in the MTV Video Music Awards field for best new artist, with Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator facing off against electronic-pop act Foster the People. Tyler, however, bested the breakout pop act, as well as Kreayshawn, of "Gucci Gucci" fame, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.
Tyler gave an expletive-riddled acceptance speech, admitting he didn't prepare one, and also confessed that he had dreamed of winning an MTV trophy since the age of 9. He ended the address with what seemed to be an inspirational statement to young fans, but it was largely bleeped by MTV so there isn't much to quote.
The MTV award was for the single "Yonkers" from his solo effort "Goblin," released on indie XL Recordings. The win was something of a surprise for MTV, as it veered from the popularity-contest feel of the show, as "Goblin" has long disappeared from Billboard's top-200 albums chart.
Earlier, Beyonce revealed that she was pregnant with a few knowing rubs of her belly, and gave a rousing performance of "Love on Top," a gleefully chipper single, while Orange County's rising Young the Giant was given a prime slot for its energetic alt-rock single "My Body."
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Beyonce performs "Love on Top" at the VMAs. Credit: Matt Sayles / AP