It’s VMAs (MTV Video Music Awards) time, and according to Fonzworth Bentley, the only reason the celebs come out is because of the free backstage giftbags. We know that’s not true, but it’s definitely a plus for the celebrities who do show face at the big music ceremony.
Fonzworth Bentley, Diddy’s former assistant-turned-celebrity, gave BallerStatus.com an exclusive look at the free toys and trickets that come in the giftbags celebrities — who either present, perform, or win in one of the categories — will take home.
“There’s over $15,000 worth of free, exciting, new things,” Fonzworth exclaimed, from the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, where the VMAs is being held on Sunday (September 7).
Among the numerous items included, Mr. Bentley’s favorite is the four night/five day stay at five-star Bungalows resort at Cofresi Beach in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It’s the first thing he plans to use after returning home from the awards show. It’s an all-inclusive package at the property, which boasts 108 plush, private guestrooms; a 17,000 square-foot spa and fitness center offering exclusive treatments; world-class cuisine at Social Restaurant & Lounge; 24-hour private concierge service; and a staff to guest ratio of 2:1.
The giftbag includes a wide range of items from jewelry to clothing to gadgets.
Some of the gift highlights are as follows:
A pair of limited edition Fendi sunglasses, which combines the Fendi logo with a skull detail on the temples.
Andy Warhol Watches is gifting two of its premium watches, Fragile Existence and Crosses & Guns, which feature artwork from Warhol’s early days as a fashion illustrator.
The Best of Everything is providing a limited edition Calatrava Cross created exclusively for the VMAs and presented by one of their premiere luxury partners, Diamond Cutters International.
KRK Systems, a leading manufacturer of studio monitors and recording control room solutions, has provided their new limited edition Rokit6 G2 CB monitors.
Puma is gifting its new Cell Meio shoe, which they says boasts the perfect blend of fashion and function. They have also provided apparel items from its Runway Collection.
Rhapsody.com will give a full year membership to its digital music service, which offers instant access to over four million songs on the PC.
Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Networks together will give giftbag recipients video game Rock Band 2 before it hits stores.
Boblbee, a lifestyle bag company from Sweden, is gifting talent a laptop bag and the Double Decker 40L, which boasts multiple pockets for the perfect carry-on. Visit Boblbee.com for more info.
For the ladies, and some men, Farouk Systems is gifting the 1″ CHI Nano Digital Ceramic Hairstyling Iron and the CHI Nano Ceramic Hair Dryer. These new products, called CHI Nano combine Nano silver particles and CHI Ceramic particles to passively disinfect exposed surfaces, thus preventing transfer of contamination and microbe growth between cleaning.
Five Four Clothing has provided men’s Five Four Whittingham Black poplin woven shirt and their IRO nylon shirt jacket.
Jour & Nuit is gifting the following sandals: Madison, a high heel crocodile leather platform; Inez, a black satin heel with a crystal t strap or braided silver t-strap; Duchess, a gold slide flat with crystals or gold snake options; or Aubrey, a brown suede mid heel sandal with a crocodile asymmetrical strap or crystal pyramid straps. Jour & Nuit is the first luxury shoe to feature interchangeable straps that can be removed completely and transferred to other soles in the collection.
Lust4Luxe luxury handbags is gifting their Zoe box purse, from hand woven, bronze metallic patent lambskin exclusively for the MTV Video Music Awards.
Quasar Light Therapy has provided each talent a Baby Quasar. The company describes it as a revolutionary photo rejuvenation anti-aging and acne skincare system designed to help reverse the signs of aging, lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, banish breakouts and achieve healthy, younger-looking, beautiful skin.
Tarte cosmetics has provided an assortment of natural makeup for the talent to enjoy the ultimate in green glamour.
Ultrasone of America is gifting their latest technology HFI-780 headphones.
UGO CACCIATORI has produced limited edition pendants for the MTV Video Music Awards.
Taverniti So Denim is gifting a pair of their premium denim.
These items are just the tip of the iceberg. From what we saw there was much more. Too bad, only the celebs get them. Oh well.
The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on September 7th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from Paramount Studios lot. The star studded night will feature performances by Rihanna, Pink, T.I., Kid Rock, Paramore, Lil Wayne and the Jonas Brothers.
As a special bonus Travis Barker and DJ AM will team up to keep the parnty going with two turn tables and a drum beat mixer. The duo will collaborate with Katy Perry, T-Pain, Lupe Fiasco, The Ting Tings and additional special guests to perform new and past hits to celebrate the past 25 years of music.
Other celebs confirmed to attend include Michael Phelps, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson, Ciara, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale, among others.
For more information, visit MTV’s official VMAs site at MTV.com/onTV/VMA/