The 2010 MTV Music Video Awards are officially in the history books. What will the footnote be for this year’s telecast… zzzzzzzzz snoozefest. . Seriously, I found myself fast-forwarding through a lot of it this year. Perhaps because, there wasn’t that one big water cooler moment, everyone would be talking about the next day, or maybe because host Chelsea Handler failed to make me laugh or was it the lackluster performances. Whatever it was, it just didn’t live up to the hype. Maybe I’m being a little harsh due to the fact I high expectations for the show. Regardless of the negative nelly overall opinion, there were a few memorable moments worth mentioning. As a side note, can you spot SYTYCD alums Mark Kanemura and Neil Haskell in the picture above?
Eminem was joined by Rihanna for the opening number. The duo sang their huge hit “Love The Way You Lie“. I love Ri-Ri’s homage to Madonna’s “Life A Virgin” iconic outfit which the Material Girl wore for the first ever telecast VMAs in 1984.
Justin Bieber, as expected, took home the award for “Best New Artist“. The faux-lesbian sang a medley of his hits “U Smile“, “Baby” and “Somebody To Love“. I hate myself and him, for making the latter track, one of my favorite songs of the summer.
Bieber’s mentor, Usher, took the stage next to sing a medley of his own, “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again” and “OMG“. I’m a HUGE Usher fan, but his performance was a bit of a let down. I will say though, the light show on the backdrop and on the floor was spectacular.
IMHO, Florence Welsh stole the show with her balletic performance of Florence + The Machine’s catchy hit “Dog Days Are Over“. She was absolutely AH-MAZ-ING. New fans will most likely come flocking, after that performance.
Last year’s she became the night’s unwitting star. This year, Taylor Swift, debuted a track “Innocent” from her forthcoming album. The song talks about her feelings of embarrassment over the famous hijacking and forgiveness for the man who did it to her. You go, girrrrrrrrl.
Shown here picking up one of her many awards. Lady Gaga entered the evening with 13 nominations and walked away with 8 Moon Men. During her acceptance speech for “Video of the Year“, she revealed the title of her upcoming album, “Born This Way” and even sang a portion of the title track.
I applaud Drake with his transition from Degrassi student to hip-hop royalty, but I just don’t get it. His songs do absolutely nothing for me. Thankfully he had Mary J. Blige performing with him, or else I would’ve completely by-passed his entire segment.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE B.o.B and Hayley Williams‘ “Airplanes“. The performance was part of three-part medley that included B.o.B., Paramore and Bruno Mars singing on various tracks.
This was one of Chelsea’s worst segments of the whole evening. She hops in the hot tub with Jwoww, Pauly D, Snooki and The Situation, then later emerges, and is now impregnated with some Jersey Shore spawn. Chelsea, I expected so much more. You’re a hilarious woman, but why not tonight???
Why the MTV producers, didn’t give Robyn a more high-profile segment, I’ll never know. Seriously, a snippet of her singing before a commercial break. EPIC FAIL. I wanted more. The Swedish signer was forced to sing in the rafters. She literally was “Dancing On Her Own“.
My current obsession, Nicki Minaj, actually sang in the pre-show, but I love her so much I had to include it as part of my recap. The rapper sang her two hits “Your Love” and “Check It Out” which will.i.am accompanied her on. If you haven’t checked out this talented lady, DO IT NOW.
The 64-year-old legend, is truly ageless and can really “turn back time”. Cher sported the same revealing outfit she did back in 1989, for her “If I Could Turn Back Time” music video. A little more plasticky than before, but still as fabulous.
Kanye West returned to the same stage that forced him to go into hiding for a year. The vilified rapper closed out the show by performing his new song “Runaway” featuring Pusha T. It’s a track strong enough, that signal the beginning of his comeback. At least, he hopes so.