(But I Don't)
Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”
Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)
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.