NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang."
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Beyonce is the top nominee and will compete for eight awards, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." She will also receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.
Beyonce will take the stage Sunday night, where other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea, who has seven nominations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Stone is about to get saucy — she'll be slipping into the slinky Broadway revival of "Cabaret."
Roundabout Theatre Company said Wednesday that Stone will make her Broadway debut Nov. 11 as Sally Bowles, taking over from Michelle Williams at the Studio 54 theater. Williams leaves Nov. 9 and Alan Cumming, who plays the chilling Emcee has extended to March 29. Stone is known for her films including "The Amazing Spiderman 2," ''Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Easy A."
Set in 1931 Berlin, "Cabaret" centers on the world of the indulgent Kit Kat Klub as it becomes intertwined with the world outside, which gets more precarious as Nazis take over. The songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb include "Willkommen" and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me."
"Brokeback Mountain" star Williams first stepped into the role this spring, once played by Liza Minnelli, when Stone had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.
In addition to Minnelli and Williams, the part of Bowles has been played by Jill Haworth, Gina Gershon, Melina Kanakaredes, Natasha Richardson, Jane Leeves, Lea Thompson, Alyson Reed and Judi Dench, among others.
The current show is a revival of a revival. Also starring Cumming, it ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004 and won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.
"Cabaret," both the Broadway show and 1972 film starring Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York, are based on the 1951 Broadway play "I Am a Camera," which, in turn, was based on Christopher Isherwood's book "Goodbye to Berlin."
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Meyers is no stranger to live television. For years he anchored "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live."
Nor is playing host on TV an alien experience. Since February, he has occupied NBC's "Late Night" host chair. So Meyers isn't sweating his new role as master of ceremonies when "The Prime-Time Emmy Awards" airs Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.
"Butterflies tend to go away with the first laugh," he said brightly, "so you try to make that happen as early as you can."
Speaking by phone from Los Angeles, where he was prepping for Emmy night, he reported, "We've written our first pack of jokes. But the best stuff will come later in the week.
"The monologue is the biggest thing I do," he went on, "but they are leaving spots during the telecast where I can comment on things that are happening, and if we come up with something silly this week, we don't have to go hat-in-hand and ask for a minute here, 90 seconds there. It's built into the program for us."
Even so, Meyers said he will honor an Emmys tradition of front-loading the program with comedy, when those gathered at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles are most likely to embrace it.
"The longer the night goes, the less joy there is in the room, because by then a number of people have lost," Meyers noted. "If it was the Golden Globes and the people were drinking, maybe they'd care less. But here, the host and the program are standing between them and the bar."
Meyers is a TV veteran, but he said he also remains a TV fan.
"Even if I wasn't in television right now, I would be watching the Emmys, mostly because of how good TV is right now," he said. "I was really excited when the nominations came out, because most of them are shows that I watch."
In a separate conversation, Emmycast producer Don Mischer praised Meyers' ease on live TV and skill at thinking funny on his feet.
"But more than anything, he loves television," Mischer agreed. "He really, really wanted to do this and he has really rolled up his sleeves. That's what makes a difference."
Like most viewers, Meyers has his favorites among the nominees.
In particular, he's rooting for Amy Poehler, with whom he used to share the "Weekend Update" anchor desk. Poehler, who previously has been up for 10 Emmys but never won, is nominated this year as best actress for her NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."
"But here's the good news," said Meyers, surely wearing a grin: "No matter which way it goes, I'm VERY confident she's going to be OK.
"I don't want anyone to think I'm this incredibly selfless person," he added with a laugh. He shared a 2011 Emmy for original music and lyrics on "SNL," among the numerous nominations he has gotten for his writing. "The hard part is not when friends of mine lose an award, but when I lose. I like to remind them that they're all winners, whereas, when I lose, I really feel like a loser!"
Meyers acknowledged that viewers can be tough with their postmortems of an Emmys telecast and its host. One reason: Different viewers come looking and hoping for different things.
"There are people in the audience who take these awards very seriously, while a lot of people don't. No one's right or wrong. But ultimately everybody will have a different take on what it is that I as host am trying to do, based on what the Emmys means to them.
"But the reaction will be very temporary," he predicted. "Everyone talks more about the Emmys beforehand than after. This is a night about a year of television and, when it's over, people move on."
Meanwhile, Meyers will head home to resume his talk-show duties. But with "Late Night" in repeats next week, he'll have a few days' break once the Emmycast is done. He plans to enjoy them.
"I might sort of travel around," he said, looking past next Monday night, "and find my way back to New York very slowly."
AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report.
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