- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - BEYONCE’S SURPRISE DATE: Beyonce made a big announcement that practically upstaged the MTV Video Music Awards _ and she did it without saying a word.

The 29-year-old superstar announced her pregnancy on the red carpet by cupping her stomach in an “I’m expecting” sort of way. Wearing a blond ponytail and flowing red gown, she used her hands to show the tiniest beginnings of a baby bump.

A publicist for the pop star confirmed the pregnancy to The Associated Press Sunday.

Beyonce and Jay-Z were married in 2008. This will be their first child together.


Jay-Z offered a (much smaller) surprise of his own Sunday: He performed alongside Kanye West on the VMA stage.

Beyonce took the stage herself later in the show, telling viewers, “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me.”

At the end of her performance, she unbuttoned the sequined blazer she was wearing and rubbed her tummy on stage. The camera cut away to Jay-Z, who beamed a broad smile.

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RECORD ADVERTISEMENT: Lil Wayne is taking advantage of his Video Music Awards performance by dropping his anticipated new album the very same night.

The tattooed rapper closed the Video Music Awards with tunes from his new album as an ad blinked on the bottom of the screen reading: “Be the first to download `Tha Carter IV’ on iTunes.”

The album was to be released digitally at midnight on Aug. 29 and in stores later that day.

“There’s only one man brilliant enough to piece this plan together,” rapper Drake said as he introduced Lil Wayne.

Wayne opened with the melodic “How to Love” before tearing off his shirt and jumping around during “John,” which borrows heavily from Black Sabbath’s familiar “Iron Man” riff.

Fellow rapper Rick Ross called Wayne’s strategically timed album release “big for hip hop.”

“The strategic moves we’ve been seeing in the last few months, from the release of “Watch the Throne” and the pop-up stores, etcetera, I think it’s big for hip hop and it’s only going to continue to open doors for biggest numbers and bigger profits and a bigger future,” Ross said.

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