Last night MTV aired the 28th Video Music Awards. Keeping with tradition of the network, the night was full of great performances — Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and the Young Giant – odd announcing pairings – Nicki Manaj/Jonah Hill and Cloris Leachman /the Jersey Shore girls – and memorable moments. Every year we come away with a few lessons learned or reinforced from the show. Here’s what I took from this year’s show.
Pop stars should no longer be allowed to dress themselves. In the past few years it has become the trend of female musicians to one up each other with ridiculous outfits. From Nicki Manaj’s 3-D mirror dress to Katy Perry’s yellow cube headband/hat combo, they’ve gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Now, I know the VMAs aren’t exactly the Grammys and people have always used it as an opportunity to break out their most outrageous gear – remember Prince’s assless pants? – but glittery Mickey Mouse dresses are just bad taste.
MTV has lost touch with what be ing a music industry legend means. When you think of legends you think of people who have changed the way people feel about music. Britney Spears may be one of the highest selling pop stars of all time, but that doesn’t exactly make her legendary. Has anyone really listen to Britney Spears and felt the core of their being changed by her lyrics?
Britney Spears has grown passed cliché, for-ratings gimmicks. The VMAs have become known for their outrageous gimmicks. I’m glad that upon receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard award Ms. Spears didn’t give in to the unnecessary and go in for another girl-on-girl kiss with Lady Gaga or her alter ego Jo Calderone.
Why did MTV turn Brit’s moment to shine turn into a Beyoncé ass kissing moment?
Not everything Beyoncé does is gold, but because of the pregnancy announcement Love on Top will be number one on iTunes by the end of the week. So the song wasn’t her best, but people will remember the performance because of the way she ended it. Heck, QuestLove tweeted, “I want to know this song!”
Jay-Z and Beyoncé may have the realest marriage in entertainment. They may not discuss their relationship in public, but after watching Jay’s reaction to his wife going to work on the VMA stage last night, you couldn’t help but feeling all warm inside seeing the love and pride oozing from his being.
Rappers still haven’t learned that you don’t have to bring the entire ’hood on stage with you win an award. Tyler the Creator won the award for Best New Artist last night – I’m still confused by this – and brought all his friends on stage. Why is that still the thing to do? Haven’t we already established that entourages are only cool on HBO?
I get that music videos with a message are all the rage now, but what message is Tyler the Creator trying to convey in his video?
MTV may not know how to classify legends, but they can still pick damn good up and coming bands…even if the lead singer dances funny. The Young Giants gave an amazing performance last night and made a fan out of me and I’m sure many others. Can we say radio overplay and Grammy nominations galore?
Jessie J is amazing. If you aren’t going to have a host, then you must have an amazing house band. Jessie J is a talented vocalist and I can’t wait to see much more from her.
Cloris Leachman was the most beautiful woman on that stage. The Jersey Shore girls, well, they represent everything that is wrong with women of my generation. And they’re orange…
Lady Gaga may need to win an academy award… She stayed in character for pretty much the entire evening and was more masculine than most of Hollywood’s leading men have been in recent years. I’m not a Gaga fanatic or anything, but I can most definitely give credit when credit is due.
Why was Russell Brand’s tribute to Amy Winehouse also a call to people to attend AA meetings? Brand seemed to rush through his speech about the fallen songstress, but that may have been more of a defense mechanism than anything else.
Bruno Mars is f*ing fantastic. He brings the house down whether he is performing his own songs or someone else’s. His tribute to Amy Winehouse brought the house down. It was also beautiful to see all the artists singing along with him.
Being able to fast forward through commercials is the greatest invention EVER. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the award show, but it is a thought I had while watching the show.
Katie Holmes is more than just Tom’s wife and Suri’s mom. She may not be as big of a star as her hubby, but she is still a confident woman, who should not be defined by her spouse or her adorable kid.
What the heck was on Katy’s head and why didn’t Russell stop her from wearing it? Like I said before, the VMAs are not the Grammy’s, but seriously, Katy? Why was that necessary?
Ok, I will acknowledge Lil Wayne’s talent, but let’s get one thing straight: he is not now, nor will he ever be in the same stratosphere as Biggie, Pac or Jay…especially in those pants. Enough said.