Much Music Video Awards 2011: Behind the stage

You know summer has officially begun when The Much Music Video Awards invade downtown Toronto. The show is famed for being one of the most unpredictable, out of control music parties of the year, and features some of the world’s biggest stars. This year, devoted fans camped outside the venue for days, hoping to get up close and personal with their favorites. Lady Gaga delighted her little monsters by opening and closing the show; the crowd went wild for Avril Lavigne’s comeback; and Bruno Mars brought his cool retro vibe to the stage.

More MMVA highlights:

Host Selena Gomez presented surprise guest (and boyfriend) Justin Bieber with his award for International Video of the year by a Canadian artist. It was the awww moment heard around the world when he pretended not to know her and asked her out on a date.

Hollywood bad boy Colin Farrell came out a as a presenter. His Irish charm and accent were both present. Swoon.

Simple Plan arrived in a pink limo and the members of the band stepped onto the red carpet in teeny tiny white shorts and belly shirts. Subtle elegance at its best.

The one and only Snoop Doggy Dogg made the crowd go ballistic by emerging out of a coffin and giving a surprise performance.

MMVA Style:

The Much Awards and the MTV Awards bring some of the most cutting-edge, daring fashion. The stars let loose and wear outfits that would probably end up on Joan River’s worst-dressed list. Bieber in a “Saved by the Bell” Kelly Kapowski T-shirt, for example.

Selena Gomez rivaled Gaga in terms of fashion changes, and she looked great. My favorite look for her was this champagne-colored Burberry Prorsum dress.

Avril Lavigne stuck to her rocker roots wearing black, lots of leather, and studded boots.

“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev shined in a stunning, iridescent, emerald green strapless dress with an asymmetric bow by Georges Chakra Couture.

If you got to catch the show, you know so much more took place. Catch the performances and red carpet moments on

The BHD Gift Lounge

Fashion website Broken Heel Diaries hosted the celeb-filled gifting lounge for this year’s Much Music Video Awards and the stars were thrilled to receive designer accessories from BTR as well as $50 shopping credit. Who got in on the fun?

Juno-winning rapper Kardinal Offishall, who wrote on our poster “looking forward to spending money with you!” He picked up a Hugo Boss cologne.

MTV VJ Nicole Holness was bar none the most enthused. The animated host constantly shops the site and said the BTR Local Celebrity tee she wore on her show “MTV live” created major buzz amongst her Twitter followers.

Erin Karpluk and Adam Fitzpatrick from the hit CBC show Being Erica. Erin chose Tom Ford sunglasses while her co-star went for Prada shades.

Singer Danny Fernandes, who’s hit singles are blowing up the charts showed some love for BTR and was so excited to sign up.

Far East Movement and Dev (the guys who got you feeling fly like a G6) stopped by as well. They got the crowd ready to party at the MMVA’s when they performed their 2 monster hits.

Check out more awesome behind-the-scenes pictures on the Broken Heel Diaries site. Follow BHD on facebook and twitter.

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