In my opinion, Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards wasn’t one of the best that I’ve ever watched, but there were some diamonds in the rough, that is, 7 moments which I think stood out as ones to remember.
1. Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone (The Entire Time)
While VMA winners Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry filled the role of wearing outrageous outfits, a role usually occupied by Lady Gaga, the Mother Monster went drag that night and was alter-ego Jo Calderone, as introduced in Gaga’s latest music video for “Yoü And I,” the entire show. From her opening performance featuring Brian May of Queen to presenting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award to Britney Spears to her acceptance speech for winning Best Female Video for “Born This Way,” Gaga stayed very true to character.
With “Jo” almost kissing Britney on stage and chilling with Kanye West and Jay-Z while drinking and smoking, not even Nicki’s plush-filled outfit and ice-cream inspired hair or Katy’s yellow cube hat could take the spotlight away from Lady Gaga on VMA night. The Mother Monster is always one step ahead. Paws up.
2. Tribute to Britney Spears via Mini-Britneys
Okay, so it wasn’t the rumored all-star tribute that I wrote about last week, but the tribute to Britney Spears and her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award presentation wasn’t all that bad. Plenty of “mini-Britneys” took to the stage to pay homage to the pop princess by performing some of her best hits, including the classic “Baby One More Time,” “Toxic,” and “Oops, I Did It Again,” along with her one of her latest hits, the amazing dance song “Till the World Ends.” And with an introduction by Lady Gaga and with the Mother Monster hitting on Britney after she accepted the award, it was overall quite unique, but not the huge tribute that the legendary Miss Britney Spears definitely deserved.
3. Beyoncé’s Amazing Performance and Her Important Announcement
Leave it to the talented Beyoncé to do an amazing performance of “Love On Top,” then straightforwardly announce that she’s pregnant. Miss B had quite a performance in her sparkling purple tux and after revealing her glowing belly, the clever camera people at MTV showed a very excited (naturally) Jay-Z and a very equally excited Kanye West and Lady Gaga, drink in hand of course, all celebrating along with the expectant father.
Major props to Beyoncé for cutting to the chase and revealing her pregnancy straight away. Now, we can only wait for H.O.V.A. Jr. to arrive and, like his/her very talented power couple parents, make his/her mark in the world in the future.
4. Jay-Z and Kanye Performing “Otis”
Speaking of H.O.V.A., rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West performed “Otis,” from their much-hyped collaboration Watch the Throne on Sunday night. It had quite a patriotic theme as shown by the huge American flag in the background and the American flag bandana hanging from Yeezy’s jeans and it was one of the best performances of the night. And Kanye’s outfit of a denim-ombré shirt with jeans and high-tops wasn’t bad either. It was very Kanye indeed.
5. Adele Performing “Someone Like You”
Okay, so I love Adele and wished she performed either “Rolling in the Deep” or “Set Fire To The Rain” (my favorite song from 21), but her performance of “Someone Like You” was simply beautiful. Not only did we get to hear Adele’s fantastic voice once again, but the talented British singer looked absolutely stunning in a black dress and with her long hair in a chic low ponytail along with very pretty makeup.
6. Tyler the Creator Wins Award for Best New Artist
Now I already knew about Tyler the Creator and his group Odd Future prior to the VMAs from my brother who is quite a fan of theirs. The LA-based and Supreme-donning, skateboarding rappers first took to the stage during the short dance-off between them and comedians Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Jack Black, who appeared in the epic, VMA-nominated music video for “Make Some Noise” by the legendary Beastie Boys.
But then later in the show Tyler the Creator, and not rapper Wiz Khalifa or LA indie band Foster the People, won the award for Best New Artist for his music video for “Yonkers,” which is the quintessential award as voted on by fans during the VMAs. The rapper, along with the rest of Odd Future, invaded the stage, leaving presenters Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner to run quickly to the side for safety.
Needless to say, my brother and I were really happy that Tyler the Creator won, but it was quite a surprise.
7. Tribute to Amy Winehouse
A well-deserved tribute to the late and great Amy Winehouse was a very special part of Sunday night’s VMAs. Comedian Russell Brand introduced the tribute and gave an honest and heartfelt account of when he first met the singer and first heard Amy’s wonderful and unique voice which is inspired by legends Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, while living in London.
Russell then introduced legendary singer Tony Bennett, who showed footage of him and Amy recording a duet together in London during March of this year. Singer and VMA-nominee Bruno Mars ended the tribute by performing The Zutons’ “Valerie” (one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever heard Amy sing), which the late singer recorded with producer Mark Ronson. The entire crowd, including VMA-nominee Adele and Victoria Justice, sang and clapped with Bruno, as I’m sure the rest of the world did as well.
It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful singer.
Extra shout-out to Justin Bieber and his pet snake “Johnson” (oh boy) and his gold YSL pin, and to Chris Brown and Lil Wayne for their performances, even though they didn’t perform “Look at Me Now” like I wanted them to.
What were your favorite moments from this year’s VMAs, Lovelies?