All in all the VMA’s weren’t too exciting this year. The highlights of the night were N*Sync’s 2 minute reunion and Miley Cyrus’ dirty dancing routine. Here are come more details on the night-
Performances- (in order of best to worst)
- Kanye West- Short but powerful. I was surprised with his song choice, I thought for sure “Black Skinhead” would have been picked but “Blood on the Leaves” is also a great song and a good choice. I expected the performance to continue after the one song but was disappointed. I couldn’t complain though, this was by far the best performance of the night.
- Drake- It had a cool beginning with the new album artwork replication and new single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. The performance started off slow and then became energetic when he rapped “Started From the Bottom”. It was a very understated performance- no background performers, no special effects- just Drake and his mic.
- Bruno Mars- People called this performance boring but I actually really enjoyed it. I thought the lasers and fire went really well with the song, “Gorilla”, and I thought it was an overall good song. I can see why people thought it was a tad boring though.
- Justin Timberlake/ N*Sync- At the start of this performance I was ready to call it my favorite one of the night but then it dragged on and on and on. It was cool how the songs started from Justin’s most recent to oldest and then finally to a little N*Sync medley but I don’t think every single needed to be played. There was about 20 minutes of JT and 2 minutes of N*Sync (maybe the N*Sync members couldn’t handle it?), which personally is what I was waiting for most. Someone on my newsfeed retweeted “JT allowed MTV to show the VMA’s during his concert.” Agreed.
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- I loved the stage and set up. He was very energetic as usual. The duet between Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson was cool. Overall I thought it was forgettable. Although, That might be based on the fact that I am not a huge Macklemore fan or fan of the song “Same Love."
- Miley Cyrus/ Robin Thicke- When the pair was announced my first thought was, “That’s a weird combo” and then when Miley started dancing, my second thought was, “I’m really uncomfortable.” I was cringing for most of the performance but I don’t think my reaction was as extreme as others. My social network newsfeeds were blowing up with people calling the performance “disgusting” and “ratchet”. It was an odd and shocking set but that’s probably what her intention was. I’m sure she anticipated everyone talking non stop about her for the next few days. There’s usually a shocking moment at the awards and this was that moment. Personally, I think she tries too hard. As for Robin Thicke, I kind of forgot he was there.
- Lady Gaga- I expected more from the opening and from Lady Gaga. I hate the song (“Applause”) and I’m not a Lady Gaga fan so I might be biased.
- Katy Perry- I like Katy Perry but I don’t like this song (“Roar”). I also expected more from the finale and from Katy Perry. I thought the opening and the ending were pretty weak even though they were both performed by usually unique and interesting artists. I didn’t think it was a great way to end the night.
- Taylor Swift- throughout the awards the audience camera kept glancing back at Tay Swift ensuring we were able to see her reactions and obnoxious dancing. This was like a flashback to the past Grammy awards where Taylor Swift was also the main focus of the audience cam. I am a fan of Swift’s music but according to these audience cameras she seems really annoying. When One Direction took the stage to accept their award for Song of the Summer, Swift was caught saying “Shut the f- up” - real classy Taylor. She also ended her acceptance speech for “I Knew You were Trouble,” with “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!” Alright Taylor, we get it. I think everyone’s over her ex boyfriend grudges.
- And the winner of the Music Video of the Year wassss… Justin Timberlake with Mirrors.
- Just in case you missed it and still haven’t seen it, Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance: http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/942064/we-cant-stop-blurred-lines-give-it-2-u-medley.jhtml#id=1712039