Awards shows are thrilling and that is certainly always the case for the MTV Video Music Awards. Unfortunately, music videos are not popular the way they once were. Many people look back longingly at the days when MTV and VH1 actually played music videos and not 99% reality tv. MTV has strayed so far from their original format that it never ceases to almost surprise when they have their annual awards show for music videos. However, the VMAs are a platform for the hottest current musical acts to perform their hits, celebs to wear adventurous red carpet gear, and for who-knows-what else kind of MTV-like-outrageous activity to occur. The show is loaded with performances, this year totaling 8 during the show and a couple of pre-show red carpet performances as well. Here are a few of the night’s performance highlights and a pretty twerkalicious misfire (in my opinion). To give you the highest quality of videos, I took them straight from MTV’s website, which won’t let me put them directly into the blog. Please click on the links to watch!
It’s been years now that Justin Timberlake has led the pack with his unbeatable mix of singing, dancing, and acting. He is one of the biggest, most gifted stars on the planet and MTV awarded him the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for his incredible talent. His 15 minute long “acceptance” performance is a medley of some of his most beloved songs and every second shows why he deserved both this award and all our adoration. The set list reads like a best hits list (minus the opening act of Turn Back The Night, which I personally think is only a so-so song): SexyBack, Like I Love U, My Love, Cry Me a River, Rock Your Body, Pusher Love Girl, Mirrors. And smack in the middle of the performance was the *N SYNC reunion the world “asked for,” as Justin announces to the crowd. It was short and sweet but made everyone of us *N SYNC fans very happy. Justin’s performance is a 10 out of 10, much like everything he does. Here is the 15 minute long performance capping off what has been so far a brilliant career.
Lady Gaga’s performance of Applause may be a biased addition to the “Best” list, because I am loving this song since it debuted a few weeks back. But the choreography was stellar, the male dancers were lean and fabulous, and the on-stage changing of outfits recreated the act of Stefani Germonanotta becoming Lady Gaga, all for our “applause.” And if my body looked like that, you wouldn’t be able to get me out of a mermaid Gstring bikini.
Katy Perry’s show-ending performance of her new single Roar from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge was one of my favorite performances of hers to date. Another perhaps biased opinion, because I have loved this song since it’s debut (also a few weeks ago). It is inspiring and a perfect sing-along. Gone are her blue wigs and whipped-cream-spouting bras, leaving a more natural, stripped-down Perry, which is always my taste. During my 7-hour drive from Cape Cod to NY last week, I heard her interviewed by Ryan Seacrest and she stated that this stripped-down vibe is what she is going for on her newest album. Good for you, Katy. The boxing theme fit the song perfectly and inspired little girls and boys and people trying to keep their heads up all over the globe who watched this performance.
Kanye West’s performance of Blood on the Leaves was the perfect compliment to most of the other choreographed-filled performances of the night. Moody and bare bones, it was just Kanye, a cool back drop, and the microphone. And he is an amazing rapper live.
We get it, Miley. YOU’RE ALL GROWN UP. Message received. But I found this performance to be one of your worst to date. And I LOVE/HEART We Can’t Stop. I’ve been singing it and playing it all summer long. It’s all over the news how amazing this performance was but she sounded crappy, stripped, and danced with enormous teddy bears. What’s to love? Her now trademark tongue-sticking-out look could not be stopped either and I personally think it makes her look trashy (along with every other thing she was doing). But it would have all been okay if she sang well, but she didn’t. Especially when joining Robin Thicke in his hit Blurred Lines. I could have done as good a job as her singing along with him. I read today that Robin Thicke and his team were concerned that Miley overshadowed him. I would be more concerned that you looked like an idiot with Miley twerking/grinding up in front of you. AGAIN, this is coming from someone who LOVES this song. Sorry to be a hater!
Now, for the FASHIONS!
Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace. This peek-a-boo bustier gown is gorgeous: super sexy with the high slit and bustier, but the long sleeves create a stunning balance. Selena’s style has really evolved into a mature, daring fashionista. And a gorgeous pop of green with the chandelier earrings.
Naya Rivera in Sen Couture. Sulty, sexy, and just like Selena, nicely balanced with the sleeves.
Shailene Woodley in Emilio Pucci. She is looking ab-fabulous in this, and showing off her new short do, done in order to donate 8 inches of hair to the charity Children with Hair Loss. A totally amazing thing for her to have done.
Adam Lambert in a Lanvin suit. He looks completely handsome, very MTV, and very much himself, a style boundary-pusher.
Nervo, the DJ duo. I particularly love the dress on the left! They look perfectly mis-matched and punk-glam together.
Ariande Grande in Kenley Collins (a past Project Runway finalist). Age appropriate, fun and flirty. What a cutie! And after her red carpet pre-show performance, I now know that she is a super talented singer.
Danity Kane reunites and looks girl group-tastic in these black-and-white ensembles. Welcome back to the red carpet ladies.
NOT SO MUCH
Rita Ora in Alex Vauthier Fall 2013: Beautiful dress with crystal embellishments. But too Beyonce at the Met Costume Institute Gala for this event. Obviously she agreed because she changed for the show.
Taylor Swift in Herve Leger. She looks beautiful, very 40s glam. But also not fun/youthful/adventurous enough for the VMAs. I read today that she looks the same at every show. This looks perfect for the Oscar’s or a more staid affair. The hair adds to my opinion of this as well.
Lady Gaga in Prabal Gurung. It works for the event and cool all-black look. It’s just not that fabulous or wacky like her past looks. For once, she’s right here in the middle.
Jennifer Hudson in Christian Dior. It just doesn’t really do anything for her. It’s got a funky MTV vibe but this isn’t a cool or pretty dress.
Erin Wasson. Just because you got it, doesn’t mean you should flaunt it. And the head wrap is bizarre too. See-through train wreck.
Miley Cyrus in a Dolce and Gabbana beaded off shoulder top and high-waisted leggings. Strange. And nice tongue action once again.
Katy Perry in Emanuel Ungaro’s Fall 2013 collection. It fits the “Roar” theme but hideous!
Rihanna skipped the red carpet and wore this too-casual outfit during the show. Disappointing after her gorgeous white custom-made Adam Selman red carpet gown from last year’s show.
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