LAS VEGAS — We all know celebs (and everyone else, for that matter) like to have a good time in Vegas, so let's just say the official VMA gift bag is the perfect ... accessory. (More like an accomplice, really.)
The Dooney & Bourke faux-croc duffel, which is the bag most of the gifts will come in, is stuffed with more goodies than anyone would need to get in — and out — of trouble in Sin City.
The gifts are valued at well over $10,000, including a $2,000 VIP package to come back to the Palms Casino Resort. There's also a year's worth of Cafe Bustelo coffee so you don't miss out on any of the late-night action, of course.
Then, there's a Dolan Bullock cigar cutter and dice cuff links for the fellas to stunt in, along with Mill Valley handmade hats, which were custom-designed exclusively for the 2007 Video Music Awards (see "Nicole Scherzinger To Rock VMA Preshow — With Lil Wayne!"). And there's also an assortment of clothing, from the Burberry boxers to Roar T-shirts to the limited-edition high-top Vans.
And the ladies will be able to shine with the Hagar Satat jewelry trinkets, which include leather braided bracelets and a gold wire-wrapped ring. The Isaac Mizrahi salon shoes and Michael Kors shades are sure to put a smile on the faces of our favorite famous females.
Chaser Merchandising, with its limited-edition Run-DMC and Capitol Records tees, should score a high note or two — as should the Shay Todd swimsuits for her and the Vintage China jeans.
To keep the fab, well, fabulous, there are plenty of beauty products, health items and scented goods: Acqua di Parma fragrance, a Linea-Pro hair-straightening iron, Neutrogena for men and women, and a one-year membership from Exhale for yoga classes and spa therapies.
And of course, it is the Video Music Awards, so the music lovers are definitely taken care of.
The bag includes a gift certificate for the new video game "Rock Band" (which was made by MTV-owned development studio Harmonix), and if you jam too hard on a real guitar and pluck a string, Dean Markley will supply recipients will all the wires they need. Rhapsody (which just joined forces with MTV's Urge in August) is offering a year's subscription to its digital-music service, and IK Multimedia is stuffing an assortment of music-related software into the bags. And aspiring DJs will be rewarded with a USB-compatible turntable courtesy of the Stanton Group and a pair of gold-plated headphones from Ultrasone of America.
To make sure no one misses the big event on Sunday night, the bag's Swiss Legend watches can be set to Pacific Time and the TiVo high-def DVR can record the show.
And to make sure whatever happens in Vegas really stays in Vegas, there's the $1,000 gift certificate to Dr. Tattoff, a laser tattoo-removal service. Ah, the good life
So are the VMAs hot or what?! But there's much more Vegas riches to share: For a wealth of updates and info on performers, presenters and voting, check out www.VMA.MTV.com. For reports, photos, video and much, much more from previous VMAs, dive into the VMA archives.