Congratulations to Gabby Douglas for winning the gold medal this year at the Olympics!
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won its first gold Olympic medal since 1996 and only its second in history at the London Games, as Russia, its closest competitor, imploded on its final event.
With it, this group of American women — some are already hailing them as the Fab Five — takes its place alongside the Magnificent Seven, who won the prestigious team gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games, thanks in large part to a gutsy vault by the injured Kerri Strug.
In similar fashion, this year’s U.S. women’s gymnastics team didn’t lack for heroines.
The United States was helped throughout by a courageous performances from Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach and a solid, selfless showing by Michigan’s Jordyn Wieber, who shook off her heartache over missing the finals for the all-around title two days earlier to deliver key scores on vault, uneven bars and floor.
Russia finished more than five full points behind the U.S. (183.596) to take silver with a team total of 178.530. Romania (176.414) powered past defending Olympic champion China to claim bronze.
The U.S. women seized the lead after the first of four mandatory events at London’s North Greenwich Arena, delivering three spectacular Amanar vaults, considered the most difficult in the world.
Wieber set the tone by earning 15.933 points, and Douglas did even better, posting a 15.966. But McKayala Maroney's compact, two-and-a-half flip Amanar produced a massive 16.233 and sent a shockwave of energy through the U.S. team.
The Americans never relinquished their lead or their confidence, acquitting themselves on the weakest event, the uneven bars, doing well on the beam and electrifying the crowd on the floor.
G.O.O.D. Music's Teyana Taylor has recreated Janet Jackson's infamous topless pose from the cover of Rolling Stone in 1993. Teyana's in-color rendition features the rapper/singer in denim cutoff shorts and stockings, being held from behind by a pair of unidentified man's hands.
The photo was taken by actor Lance Gross.
Art is often controversial and fans were less than thrilled by the photographic homage on Twitter. "I give her an "E" for effort" said one while another tweeted, "Who told Teyana Taylor to recreate anything? I don't have time!"
Earlier this summer, MTV News caught up with after she'd officially signed her new deal with Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music imprint. "This is the second go 'round for me, and hopefully, the second time's the charm," the 21-year-old shared. "I signed to Star Trak with Pharrell when I was 15, and now I'm at a new chapter in my life where I'm signed to G.O.O.D. Music, and I'm blessed and happy to be part of the team." Being affiliated with the buzzy collective has increased her own work ethic. "Being signed to G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam has opened more doors now that I finally have a team behind me that can push me to work harder," she said.
Taylor has already recorded her tracks for the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album slated for this fall. She mused that the experience was similar to working on Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "Recording 'Dark Fantasy' and recording the G.O.O.D. Music album were both crazy," she said. "When we did 'Dark Fantasy,' the album had to be turned in in three hours, so that was a song that we made happen so last minute, which happened to be the first song on the album, so that was very exciting."
Michael Phelps was dejected despite making Olympics history Tuesday.
Phelps led his signature race, the 200-meter butterfly. from the start until the last few meters, appearing to be ready to become the first man to win an individual event in three consecutive Olympics.
But just as Phelps glided into the finish, South African Chad le Clos, a 20-year-old whose idol was swimming in the lane right next to him, cranked one last big stroke to edge his hero Phelps at the wall.
It reminded swimming commentators of Phelps' 100-meter butterfly win at the Beijing Games when he took a quick final stroke as Serbian Milorad Cavic stretched for the wall. This time it was Phelps who was caught reaching.
After the race, the shocked Phelps put his face in his hands.
Still, with a silver medal Phelps tied Larisa Latynina wih 18 total medals, the all-time best mark for an Olympian.
And there was still the 4x200-meter relay later, where Phelps was expected to break the medals record with the dominant American team.
Phelps has now won 14 golds, two silvers and two bronze medals in four Olympics.
R. Kelly says he still appreciates Jay-Z, even though the two had a falling out.
In 2004, Jay-Z and R. Kelly's tour in support of The Best of Both Worlds and Unfinished Business infamously fell apart. In October 2004, R. Kelly stopped in the middle of a performance in New York's Madison Square Garden, leaving the stage and later claiming that men were waving guns at him. R. Kelly later filed a $75 million lawsuit against Hov for removing him from the tour.
Despite all the drama, R. Kelly says that he still listens to Jay's music. "Absolutely; huge fan," said Kelly in an interview with MTV News.
"I love a good marriage — I love love. Anything that works for me, anything that feels good to my soul, that feels like this is what I should do, I'm gonna do it," continued Kelly. "I don't care what it is, who it's with. As long as it's positive and it works for both parties, I'm with it."
Kelly added that he enjoyed Watch The Throne, the collaborative project between Jay-Z and Kanye West, and that he "still listen[s] to Jay's stuff."