So if there’s one thing you don’t know about me, but will learn very soon, its that I love all things pop culture. I live for Sundays with the Kardashians and weekends with the Real Housewives of Atlanta yelling obscenities and pulling each other’s weaves out. My top hit websites are definitely Twitter, MTV and E! News and I check them almost religiously (which is a bit embarrassing to admit).
With that said, I was pretty much a kid in a candy store tonight with the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards being on. It has been a huge year for music so far with all of my personal favorite artist releasing albums, announcing tours, as well as some new kids on the block showing that they too are a force to be reckoned with.
I could give you the play by play, down to every minute(and I do mean minute by minute) but I’ll spare you the details and highlight the big moments that are now merely trending topics on Twitter.
After two years with no trace of a new record, Lady Gaga opened up the ceremony with her newest single “Applause” of course everyone expected her to out weird herself and I must say, I was a bit disappointed that she didn’t. Actually, she was pretty tame, but all in all it was a good performance, her vocals were strong, her costumes confused me and she wore about 4 different wigs, well done Gaga.
The first award given away tonight was for Best Pop Video and though there was some strong competition, Selena Gomez ended up taking it home. I was definitely shocked, but at the same time its nice to see a Disney Channel star who hasn’t lost it gracefully accept an award.
Miley Cyrus could have learned a lot from her friend Selena before taking the stage, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Cyrus performed her single “We Can’t Stop” from her new album, Bangerz, which was released literally hours before her performance (its already #1 on iTunes by the way). Just as we thought Cyrus’ performance (which mainly consisted of twerking and lip syncing) was over, “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, appeared on stage and sang his chart topper song in a duet with Cyrus, which was…interesting nonetheless.
Next Kanye took the stage and performed probably the only song on his album that didn’t require every other word to be bleeped out. Much like his previous performances at the VMAs, West’s set was dark so that you could only see his silhouette and he didn’t stay on stage very long after he was finished. I personally believe this is because Taylor Swift took the stage almost immediately after, winning Best Female Video and MTV producers didn’t want a repeat of the 09 VMA incident. If you don’t remember what happened, this should refresh your memory. Good thinking MTV.
Performance of the night was hands down Justin Timberlake’s. Not only did he perform live, but he danced, and brought back the beloved N*SYNC. 90’s girls everywhere were screaming at the top of their lungs (me included). After an amazing performance he was presented with the Video Vanguard award, which he dedicated to his original band mates. He went on to win the most coveted award of every VMA ceremony, Video of the Year, for his song “Mirrors” which everyone had speculated was about his wife, Jessica Biel, but tonight he revealed it was about the love between his grandparents. Truly moving.
Closing out the show was Katy Perry with her newest single “Roar” though her performing on the Brooklyn Bridge was creative; JT definitely should’ve closed out the show. But Perry is bound to see a lot of success from this single, and with the number of tiger references in the song, I’m sure it’ll be heard at almost every home football game at Faurot Field this season.
All in all it was a good show, music has been a bit iffy lately, but with new albums from some of the best in the business like Kanye, JT, and Lady Gaga it was bound to be an exciting show. Glad MTV didn’t disappoint.