From hot-dog aficionados to star-struck lovelies: Join us behind the scenes at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards

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Year after year, music’s most passionate fans tune in to the MuchMusic Video Awards, the most intimate and out-of-control awards show around where anything and everything goes. The 2011 MMVAs exceeded all expectations, with not one but two performances by priestess of pop Lady Gaga, five outfit changes by co-host Selena Gomez, a surprise tag-team appearance by Canada’s sweethearts Drake and Justin Bieber, and a slew of super-high-energy performances.

Backstage the performers, presenters and VIPs mingled. Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev told us that the first thing she does when she returns to Toronto, her hometown, is eat street meat, with “lots of ketchup.” Presenter Cassie Scerbo of Make It or Break It found herself star struck, but luckily, she had her mom in tow to keep her focused. Performers and Pop Video of the Year winners Down With Webster wandered the lounge in matching mechanics’ jumpsuits embellished with strips of LED lights, crediting the Beastie Boys as their sartorial inspiration.

Lusting after some Lady Gaga-designed duds? The green-haired performer (who also sported aquamarine “body hair”) told us that she wouldn’t be launching her own line anytime soon, because she already has too many designer friends. And it’s no wonder: With access to rare, archived Gianni Versace, which she wore at the show, and having super-stylist Nicola Formichetti as a BFF, Gaga can focus exclusively on her music.

So how do the stars celebrate a win? We’re feeling a Degrassi reunion with Drake, Dobrev and presenter Munro Chambers. Others chose a less-than-wholesome approach. “I’ll be getting drunk, 100 per cent,” revealed Shawn Desman’s bad-boy baby brother, singer Danny Fernandes, after winning the Post-Production of the Year award for “Automatic.”

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