Prevention is always the best policy, and MTV is apparently doing its part.
At this year's Video Music Awards, the network plans to include copies of the book "Ending Addiction for Good: The Ground-Breaking, Holistic Evidence-Based Way to Transform Your Life" in its celebrity swag bags. (Reports suggest the text was crafted by the same rehabilitation facility that treated Lindsay Lohan.)
The biggest night in music television was ... fine, we guess, but it definitely lacked the reckless, "what's-going-to-happen-next?" abandon that we've come to expect from MTV.
Maybe we're just getting old ... or maybe, after 29 years of putting on the show, it's MTV that's aged.
And we know it's not just us, because culture critics - those who weren't tasked with watching the Democratic National Convention, which was also on as VMAs host Kevin Hart flailed, One Direction sang and Lil Wayne looked bored - weren't all that taken with this edition, either.
With her new haircut, Miley Cyrus has never felt more like herself .... or looked more like fellow pop star Pink.
The two singers arrived on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet with nearly identical 'dos on Thursday, made more evident when Miley introduced Pink's performance during the awards show.
Pink's known to make adventurous style choices when it comes to her hair, but for Miley's fans, her new look came as a bit of a shock.
She's been able to shrug the haters off, though, and told CNN on the red carpet that she's enjoying every minute of new look. "With my record and ... everyone getting to hear new music from me this year," she said, "just feeling all new feels so good."
Awards are presented for music videos, sure, but the main reason we watch the MTV VMAs is to see the performances (and to see what crazy antics will inevitably happen ... although, this year's edition felt short on the crazy).
Rihanna opened the show with a sensual performance of her songs "Cockiness" (which had an assist from A$AP Rocky) and "We Found Love."
In between performances from Rihanna, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, Green Day, Alicia Keys, Pink, Taylor Swift and more, the MTV Video Music Awards did take a few moments to hand out honors.
Rihanna picked up the Video of the Year title with "We Found Love," while One Direction hit it big with three wins at Thursday night's ceremony.
Check out the full list of winners after the jump:
While even host Kevin Hart was hoping that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would end up in the same room together at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, it's not going to happen.
Stewart's rep tells us that the 22-year-old actress will be on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight supporting the screening of her film, "On the Road."
Pattinson, meanwhile, will be left to introduce a clip from his upcoming movie with Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" with his other co-star, Taylor Lautner.
Well, so much for that. But as Hart told us earlier this week, this is the VMAs - the one thing you should expect is the unexpected. What are you hoping to see tonight? The fun begins with a red carpet pre-show at 7 p.m. ET.
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