It’s that time of the year again—when the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood moon walk their way into Staples Center to bask in a night of alter egos, interrupted speeches and other surprises that define the MTV Video Music Awards.
Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, who warns those in attendance that “nobody is safe,” expect marquee appearances from “Call Me Maybe” mega-hit Carly Rae Jepsen, the fab five winning U.S. Olympics gymnastics team, hunky teen idols and Rihanna, who’ll kick off the show with A$AP.
While much will be said about what goes on during the show, there will surely be water cooler moments once it wraps. Here’s a roundup of the hottest VMAs after parties:
InTouch Weekly’s Icons and Idols
This annual party pits celebrity gossip reporters with young Hollywood stars in what Bauer Entertainment Group vice president Charlie McNiff says is a signature event for the weekly entertainment publication. Past guests include Kid Rock, David Spade, Leona Lewis and the “Jersey Shore” clan.
SBE’S Remix VMA After Party
“Jersey Shore’s” Pauly D will DJ and headline a two-hour set at this La Cienega hotspot with a hosted bar from 10-11 p.m. provided by DJ Pauly D’s Remix Cocktails. Those willing to pay $80 can buy tickets at greystonemanor.sbetickets.com
XBOX VMA Lounge and After Party Benefiting VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live
Before and after Hollywood elites walk onto the Staples Center stage, they’ll be able to experience the Kinect for Xbox 360 video game, NBA Baller Beats, and be treated to an exclusive gifting suite featuring Le Posh Salon, Refine Mixers and Junk Food Clothing set to the beats of Karmin with Demetrius and Ian Desdune.
House of Hype and Esquire Magazine Power Players Dinner and Party
Beverly Hills Hotel
A who’s-who of industry power players, this high-profile party includes guests like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Kaskade.
Beats by Dre & Lil Wayne
Expect hip-hop royalty to make up the crowd at this late night post-show soiree where Dr. Dre will welcome rapper “Mountain Dew” to the headphone family.