So last night was MTV's Video Music Awards and I must say, I really enjoyed it. Like a lot more than usual. The night included 9 performances plus 2 in the pre-show (Fifth Harmony and Charli XCX) and 20 awards (not all given out throughout the show). Here were the highlights-
Performances (listed from best to worst)-
- Beyonce - Samples from Beyonce (the entire album) Beyonce's performance was pretty much a mini concert and I loved every minute of it. She had me forgetting everyone else's performance and the rest of the show. Absolute perfect way to end the night. Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy looked like the most perfect family (minus the divorce rumors).
- Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" Loveddddddd this performance. He was just perfect. I know in the past I said that I didn't understand the hype around Sam Smith but soon after I realized I was wrong. SO wrong.
- Ariana Grande ("Break Free"), Nicki Minaj ("Anaconda") and Jessie J ("Bang Bang") Loved Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" performance, it was risque and a little slutty but I was digging it. Honesty, anything looked innocent compared to last year's Miley Cyrus performance. As for Ariana Grande's performance and the end of this section where all three artists came together for "Bang Bang" - I wasn't a huge fan.
- Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off" - This was a fun and entertaining performance, just as you would expect from Tay Swift. As always though, she did little things that annoyed me. I'm just not into the purposefully bad dance moves.
- Maroon 5 - "Maps" - Adam Levine sounded great live as did the rest of the band but there wasn't anything too special about this performance.
- Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora - "Black Widow" - I'm not crazy about the song or these two artists so I might be biased, but I wasn't into this performance.
- 5 Seconds Of Summer - "Amnesia" 5 Seconds of Summer sucked. I wish they played a more upbeat song like "She Looks So Perfect," that would have definitely held my attention a little more.
- Usher ft. Nicki Minaj - "She Came To Give It To You" Sooooooooooooo boring. But I did like the weird butt and head dance moves.
- Video of the Year- Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball"
- Best Female Video- Katy Perry, Juicy J "Dark Horse"
- Best Male Video- Ed Sheeran "Sing"
- Best Pop Video- Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea "Problem"
- Best Hip-Hop Video- Drake, Majid Jordan "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
- Best Rock Video- Lorde "Royals"
- Artist to Watch Award-Fifth Harmony
- Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award- Beyonce
- Themes- wearing almost nothing (but I guess that's a theme every year). Participants of the "wearing revealing clothing" theme- Rita Ora, J Lo, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj ("Bang Bang" dress malfunction) and Jessie J's (during her "Bang Bang" performance). The other theme of the night was loads of booty shaking, like A LOT. Even with all the almost nakedness and booty popping though, this year's VMAs was definitely a lot more tame than last years Miley Cyrus' performance.
- Break music was bomb. Heard some Bleachers, Charli "Boom Clap" remix, RAC's "Cheap Sunglasses," Robyn, etc.
- Jay Pharoah as the host/non-host (according to MTV there wasn't a host, but he kinda seemed a little host-y) was the best thing that ever happened to the VMAs. His little appearances were hilarious, on point and I looked forward to them throughout the show.
- One of my favorite parts of the night is when Miley Cyrus won "Video of the Year." Upon winning she sent up her date for the night instead of accepting the award herself. Jessie, a former homeless teen, accepted the award and made a short speech about youth homelessness in LA. I though it was way cool of her (even though I could have done away with the water works, MILEY). Miley sure likes to do things differently, and this year it was for a great cause. Not sure if this was for attention or if she genuinely cares but either way she did a good thing.
- Also, Twitter thought I was a robot and wouldn't allow me to tweet on KJ's account. If you want to see what I was thinking while the show was unfolding, head over to my personal account (twitter.com/melissacolangel).