LAS VEGAS — From Rihanna getting her hair touched up before she hit the red carpet to porn star Ron Jeremy trying to talk to 50 Cent to what has to be the awkward moment of the night, hands-down — Kid Rock and Pam Anderson coming face to face, possibly a prequel to the scuffle between Kid and Tommy Lee later — there was plenty of action that went down prior to the big VMA main show.
There's an area called the holding pit where the artists can take a peek in the mirror or just cool down from the heat before they take the long, navigational trip through the Palms Casino Resort to make their way to their seats via the red carpet.
As Pam made her way into that area from outside, Kid Rock was entering the same space, which is only like 5' by 10", but through the casino side entry. They didn't notice each other — Pam chatted with Hans Klok, with whom she's starring in a Vegas show, and Kid Rock sipped his Bud Light. But a minute or so later, Rock turned around and he and Pam were looking right at each other. "Hey," Pam said to her ex-beau softly, with a cordial smile. It was one of those, "Oh, wow, you, yeah, OK," moments. Very awkward. And everyone in that room picked up on it.
DJ Drama, Ryan Leslie and Cassie, Danjahandz (with his publicist Nikki Marz) and Nelly (with a rep from his label) were all cool enough to lemme snap pics of them before they took the long walk.
"Just ready to go," JD told me.
Akon and Carson Daly chatted it up.
The "Entourage" guys skipped the step-and-repeat line and walked straight through the casino. Adrian Grenier — who is making a documentary on the paparazzi — had a small DVCAM with him and was recording everything.
Jamie Foxx hammed it up with Jennifer Garner before they hit the carpet together. No, they aren't canoodling — they're just both promoting their new flick "The Kingdom," which comes out September 28.
Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Mel B. all looked amazing. Really. Amazing.
And then the night really began.
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