Swarms of media are already in place on the shaded two-story red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. (The Associated Press and CNN are among the outlets located on the second level.) Attendees must transverse a sweeping staircase to reach the upper platform.
Across the red carpet, fans are filing into an uncovered viewing area on the street level hoping to catch a glimpse of hot pop stars like Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
They'll definitely be scorching. It's 90 degrees outside.
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