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Negligent Parent to Perform at Negligible Awards Show

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Spears to Play VMAs: Acclaimed musician Britney Spears confirmed today that she will take a rare break from her duties as a responsible mother to perform at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. [Billboard]

Crappy Writer an Equally Crappy Murderer: A Polish author has been convicted of a murder which he described in detail in a best-selling novel. And another Polish joke writes itself. [NZ Herald]

Gainsbourg Okay After Brain Surgery: French actress-musician Charlotte Gainsbourg is reportedly doing well after undergoing emergency brain surgery. According to her agent, she'd been complaining of headaches following a "minor water-skiing accident" a few months ago. [BBC]

Kanye, 50 to Square Off on TV: Beefing rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent have agreed to appear on BET together next Tuesday. Kanye will be promoting his new album, which hits stores that day, while 50 is expected to apologize for his. [AP]

Young Joc $100K Richer, 35 Pounds Less Fat: Rapper Young Joc has won a $100,000 bet with his management company to see who could lose weight the fastest. He reportedly did it by taking off his medallion. [Post Chronicle]