Part of me feels like I'm getting too old to watch the VMAs. I had to Google a good portion of the artists/celebrities mentioned during the red carpet event prior to the show and found myself thinking more than once, "So this is what the kids like these days, huh?" But I persevered through the entire show... for Beyonce.
Last night, Beyonce was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — aka the Lifetime Achievement Award — which is awarded to artists who have greatly impacted music culture. Last year, this award was supplemented by a 15-minute performance by its recipient, Justin Timberlake.
And this year, Beyonce won, and gave us a 16-minute, flawfree medley of the each song from her most recent album (sans "Heaven"). Here's the full performance, including some sweet moments featuring Jay Z and Blue Ivy, too. Enjoy!
It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!
Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.
Last month I made some predictions about who would win the VMAs, and last night the VMAs were given out. So how did I fare in my predictions? Er...not very well. Not very well at all.
Video of the Year
My Prediction: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"
Actual Winner: Katy Perry, "Firework"
Best Male Video
My Prediction: Bruno Mars, "Grenade"
Actual Winner: Justin Bieber, "U Smile"
Best Female Video
My Prediction: Katy Perry, "Firework"
Actual Winner: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner; the ceremony will air August 28. The nominees were announced today, so I thought I'd try my hand at predicting some of the winners. Here goes nothing:
Video of the Year
The Nominees: Adele: "Rolling in the Deep"; Tyler, the Creator: "Yonkers"; Katy Perry: "Firework"; Bruno Mars: "Grenade"; Beastie Boys: "Make Some Noise"
My Pick: Adele
My Rationale: This is really Adele's year, considering the successful album and tour. Given that she has a widespread popularity across the U.S. and UK, and that the award is based on a vote, I think she has this one in the bag. That, and Katy Perry has eight other opportunities to win an award.