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Why wasn't Gabby Douglas at the VMAs with the rest of the Final Five?

Gabby Douglas can’t catch a break.

The Olympic champ had to skip out on presenting at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with her teammates after a sudden hospitalization.

>> Gabby Douglas responds to criticism: 'I apologize'

Douglas took to Instagram on Sunday night to explain to fans why she wouldn’t be joining her teammates — Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman — at New York's Madison Square Garden. Alongside a photo of her wrapped tight in a blanket in what looks like a hotel room, Douglas wrote, “Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can’t be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview.”

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Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can't be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview A photo posted by Gabby Douglas (@gabbycvdouglas) on Aug 28, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT

>> Gabby Douglas apologizes over national anthem controversy

Douglas’ publicist confirmed her hospitalization to People.

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“Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury,” the publicist said. “She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications.”

>> Gabby Douglas criticized for lackluster celebration after Simone Biles, Aly Raisman win medals

While competing in Rio, the gymnast was under fire not once, but twice by critics. Douglas first faced backlash after she was photographed not holding her hand over her heart during the U.S. National Anthem, and was criticized again when she seemed to not be excited enough for Biles and Raisman after their respective gold and silver wins in the women’s all-around.

Taylor Swift reported for jury duty and took some selfies with fans

Some new pictures of Taylor Swift reporting for jury duty might explain her absence at Sunday night's Video Music Awards.

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Swift was in a Nashville courthouse Monday morning posing with her fellow citizens, who were also reporting for jury duty. And it looks like the pop star's presence really lightened the mood of the civic chore.

Some speculated her skipping the VMAs might have something to do with her rocky VMA history with Kanye West. 

During his moment at this year's VMAs, West alluded to the historic mic grab, as well as their more recent controversy over using her likeness in his music video "Famous."

>> PHOTOS: Taylor Swift through the years

The VMAs were held in New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in the award show's history. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release: "We are excited that MTV will bring the VMAs back to its original home of New York City. From the red carpet to the accolades to the performances — and everything in between — the VMAs are an incredible showcase for so many talented artists. It also goes without saying that hosting the awards in our City means a boost to our small businesses and restaurants and more jobs for the hundreds of crew members who work to bring the show into homes around the world."

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Swift would have been serving on a jury for an aggravated rape and kidnapping case, but she was ultimately dismissed.

Mothers steal the show at the MTV VMAs

It seems every MTV VMAs comes with a few staples: collaborations, cringeworthy moments and speeches from Kanye West. 

And sure -- all four Rihanna performances were great, and Nick Jonas made us all want a BLT, but the show was pretty much carried by women who've carried life.

The honorable maternal mentions started with Alicia Keys. Before the mother of two presented the moonman for best male video to Calvin Harris, she used her platform to reflect on the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech -- later sharing a poem inspired by the activist.

Britney Spears -- mother of two and pop goddess -- made a triumphant return to the VMA stage after nine years away from it. Unlike her 2007 performance of "Gimme More," we actually wanted more this year. Britney emerged looking, dancing and lip-syncing as good as the days she donned bikini tops and Burmese pythons.

But Queen Bey started slaying the whole show as soon as she got there. She rolled up looking otherworldly with daughter Blue Ivy and also stood in solidarity with the mothers of gun violence victims.

She took the stage with a message of female empowerment and made us fear and respect her talent -- something only a mother could do. The Queen took home eight moonmen, including top prize for video of the year.

But perhaps the biggest feat MTV accomplished was making us actually want to watch a music video.

Teyana Taylor made us all put down the snacks we were eating during the VMAs to watch her performance in Kanye West's new video for "Fade." The singer had a child less than a year ago, but like every other mother who took the VMA stage, Taylor is "strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business."

MTV VMAs: Beyonce slays, Britney's comeback and 5 other show moments

If you weren't able to tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, you missed a lot of Beyonce, even more Rihanna and a tribute to Kanye West, by Kanye West.

Here are some memorable moments from Sunday night’s show, which took place for the first time from New York’s Madison Square Garden.

>> PHOTOS: 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

>> PHOTOS: 2016 VMA red carpet

>> 2016 MTV Video Music Awards: Complete list of winners

1. In the days leading up to the VMAs, it seemed odd that only a handful of performers had been announced. Now we know why – because these were really the BMAs once Beyonce signed on.

Her “surprise” performance was anything but in our carefully leaked social media world, but it was unexpected that Beyonce commandeered the show for nearly 20 minutes with a presentation of a good chunk of her “Lemonade” album.

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“Pray You Catch Me” launched the spectacle, which looked like a fever dream from which she emerged to shake for “Hold Up.” Then came “Sorry,” followed by a fur-coat-wearing, lip-licking “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and, of course, “Formation.”

Whatever you think of Beyonce, she’s an exceptional stage performer. She runs through a dozen personas, from savage to vulnerable, and barely breaks a sweat – then ends it all with a sly grin that reminds you that even if “Becky with the good hair” existed, she wouldn’t last three seconds under a withering Beyonce gaze.

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2. What we did hear about for weeks before the show was the highly touted return to the MTV stage for Britney Spears. You have to root for Spears considering all that she’s overcome. She looks great and her new album, “Glory,” is surprisingly solid.

But as one Twitter user aptly summarized, “Britney following Beyonce is like eating a steak and then soup.” Why would the MTV producers put Spears in such an unenviable position? She’s never been a commanding performer; her kewpie doll act wore thin around 2001. It’s not as if she’s trying to hit Streisand notes in her songs, yet she still has to fake it with obvious lip-syncing.

Poor G-Easy. Not only did he have, essentially, a cardboard cutout of a pop singer to play off of, but he looked as if he wanted to make a move and go in for a real kiss, only to be rebuffed on a rather public stage.

Now THAT’S a move out of the Beyonce playbook, Brit!

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3. Kanye West was given four minutes to ramble, and he used every second. God bless the person who could figure out his stream-of-consciousness babbling, which included in part, the following: “I am Kanye West and that feels really great to say, especially this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I'mma talk. Later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyonce. I can’t be mad ‘cause I’m always wishing for Beyonce to win. But for people to understand just how blessed we are, it was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, you know, just the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray J in there, bro. This is fame, bro. I see you Amber (laughs and points at his ex). My wife is a G, not a lot of people wise to what I’m saying… We came over in the same boat, now we all in the same bed, well, maybe different boats, but if you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago. Like people come to me like ... 'That’s right, take Taylor,’ and I’m like, 'Bro, I love all y'all, that’s why I called her' … I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older rich people, you know, aka white. They tell me don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs, don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney ... My role models are artists, merchants, less than 10 that I can name in history: Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”

And then he premiered the “Fade” video.” And … scene.

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4. Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but first she performed multiple times throughout the night. She opened the show with a medley (OK, it was 90 percent dancing, 7 percent lip-syncing and 3 percent actual singing) that included “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Only Girl in the World” and “Where Have You Been.”

Her second appearance was an homage of sorts to Caribbean music and featured much popping and one-legged dance moves as she and a cadre of dancers gyrated through “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name?” and “Work.”

Round three included a painfully off-key “Needed Me” as well as “Pour it Up.”

>> Watch Drake present the award to Rihanna

5. Alicia Keys made a poignant reminder that Aug. 28 marked the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and to commemorate, Keys unveiled her own poem, which she turned into an a capella song, as well: “So we can fear each other, hate each other, we can make these walls. We can build these walls between each other, baby, blow by blow and brick by brick. Keep yourself locked in, yourself locked. Or maybe we could love somebody. Maybe we could care a little more. Maybe we could love somebody instead of polishing the bombs of holy war.”

The singer also made headlines for going to the show makeup-free.

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6. Now we know that Michael Phelps was listening to “Stick Talk” by Future when he made the now-famous Phelps face before one of his races at the Olympics. The medal king introduced the rapper’s performance and admirably delivered the cringing line, “I might have all the golds, but this guy has all the platinum.”

>> Watch Phelps introduce Future here

7. Nick Jonas irritated any potential customers of the Tick Tock Diner near Madison Square Gardens as production shut the place down so he could stroll through a restaurant full of fake customers – including brother Joe and his DNCE crew (winners for best new artist!) – to croon “Bacon.” Get it? Ha ha.

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Drake buys Rihanna congratulatory billboard for MTV VMAs honor

Rapper Drake may have not officially confirmed the dating rumors with Barbadian singer Rihanna, but the two have made it very clear that their friendship is very close.

>> Britney Spears 'very nervous' about performing at MTV Video Music Awards

Drake purchased a billboard in Los Angeles to congratulate the “Work” singer on receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The show airs Sunday night.

>> MTV VMA awards: What time, what channel, who's presenting, who's performing

The billboard reads: “Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and Everyone at OVO.”

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Rihanna showed her appreciation for the kind gesture by posting a photo of the billboard to Instagram, writing, “When he extra.” She added heart and trophy emojis.

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When he extra!!! A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Aug 26, 2016 at 3:43pm PDT

Britney Spears 'very nervous' about performing at MTV Video Music Awards

Apparently, even pop diva Britney Spears gets stage fright.

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Spears, who will perform her new song "Make Me ..." at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, opened up to reporters about her pending moment on the MTV stage, E! reports.

>> MTV VMA awards: What time, what channel, who's presenting, who's performing

“I think there’s something in the air with the VMAs. It’s like electric. I can’t really explain it,” the 34-year-old singer began.

>> Drake buys Rihanna congratulatory billboard for MTV VMAs honor

“Every time I’ve performed there, it’s always been one of those really big, nerve-racking experiences and the people that come, those celebrities, are so much fun and different … I still get very nervous,” she admitted.

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The show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV.

Katy Perry: 'My heart goes out to' man duped into thinking he was dating singer

Pop star Katy Perry has lots of sympathy for the man who believed for six years that he was talking to the singer.

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MTV aired the story of Perry's fictitious relationship with a man identified as Spencer on Aug. 17, during an episode of the reality TV show "Catfish." The show delves into the actualities of online dating and follows couples who are dating but have not yet met in person.

>>Man thought he was dating Katy Perry for six years

Perry on Thursday told the hosts of Sirius XM's "Morning Mashup" that she learned about the fake relationship when someone sent her a link, but said she was unable to get through the whole thing.

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"I didn't actually read through it because I just think it's really unfortunate and very sad," Perry said. "My heart goes out to him, actually. … I didn't really like to indulge in that because my heart would die."

Spencer told the show's hosts Perry agreed to date him after the pair met through a texting app in 2010. However, he said, she quickly broke the relationship off, without any explanation.

It turned out the Tennessee man was actually speaking with a Perry fan named Harriet, who lives in England.

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"People have dreams, and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is always so accessible," Perry said. "We live on the coast and we, you know, get stuff in a way that some other people don't get, and I feel bad for him."

Perry and actor Orlando Bloom have been dating since January.

Frank Ocean releases 'Blond' album

Frank Ocean's long-awaited third studio album, "Blond," was released Saturday night to the delight of his fans.

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The album's cover art spells the project "Blond," and it appears as "Blonde" on iTunes. The album, which features artists including Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000, is streaming exclusively on Apple Music, but it's unclear if or when it will reach other streaming services. 

The album's release came at the same time that pop-up shops set up in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London began selling a physical copy of "Blond." The physical album came with the crooner's magazine, "Boys Don't Cry," and features two songs that are not included on the digital copy, "Mitsubishi Sony" and "Easy." 

The magazine, a 360-page publication, contains interviews with Ocean's mom and many pictures taken by Ocean.

"Among the written portions are a multi-scene screenplay also written by Ocean, horoscopes and a 'hopes and dreams' segment where several young men answer questions like 'What's the most amazing thing you've ever witnessed?' and 'What three superpowers do you wish you had?'" Rolling Stone reported.

"I had the time of my life making all of this," Ocean wrote on Tumblr. "Thank you all, especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish, which is basically every one of (you all) ... Love you."

A visual album, "Endless," was released on Apple Music late Thursday night.

While the artist has been featured on songs including "Superpower" by Beyonce, Kanye West's "Wolves" and John Mayer's "Wildfire," his last full project was "Channel Orange," his debut studio album, which was released in July 2012.

"Channel Orange" was awarded the Soul Train Music Award for Album of the Year in 2012 and the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2013.

Matt Roberts, former 3 Doors Down guitarist, dead at 38

Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts died Saturday, just hours before he was supposed to perform at a benefit concert in Wisconsin, CNN reports. He was 38.

According to CNN, Roberts' father, Darrell, had traveled with his son to West Bend, where Roberts was scheduled to play at Rockin' for Heroes, a fundraiser for veterans, this weekend.

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2016

Darrell Roberts said he learned of his son's death Saturday morning from police, who said Roberts was found "either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel." 

"I was wakened at 8:50 (Saturday) morning by some detectives beating on my door," Darrell Roberts told CNN. "It's always scary as a parent; they were in suits and that's when they told me."

Roberts' cause of death was not yet known, but his father told CNN that the guitarist, who left 3 Doors Down in 2012 because of "health issues," was addicted to prescription drugs.

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"He suffered greatly from anxiety," Darrell Roberts said. "It's crazy; as a performer, he never liked crowds or liked places he didn't know about as a baby, as a child, and this was his way of dealing with it, and me and him talked about it often."

He added, "I thought he had beaten it all."

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