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Photographers Snub Perez Hilton on VH1 Big in '06 Red Carpet
Paris Hilton
Katharine McPhee

Los Angeles, December 2, 2006 – ‘Twas the night before the VH1 Big in ’06 Awards, and not a camera was clicking when Perez Hilton walked the red carpet. VH1 thought enough of the gossip maven to invite him to present at their Big In ’06 Awards, but the blogger was less popular among the jeering photographers on the red carpet at Sony Stages on Saturday evening, when the award show was taped. The 57 credentialed photographers covering arrivals made a pact to refrain from shooting Hilton’s red carpet walkthrough; lenses remained at half-mast, and some booed as the gossip sheepishly slunk by. The reason for the blackout is that several photo agencies are suing Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavanderia, for copyright infringement over unauthorized use of their photos on his highly trafficked, highly profitable Web Site,

VH1 viewers voted online for the Big In ’06 nominees in various entertainment categories, and the show airs on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9 PM with performances by Fergie, The Killers and The Fray.

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