MTV Video Music Awards 2010 Wrap-Up
Last night’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards came and went with barely a whimper. Perhaps due to the crazy antics of previous years’ shows, this one proved to be one long anti-climax. Check out our recap below:
Nicki Minaj kicked things off at the pre-show with “Check It Out,” her new single featuring a strange-looking will.i.am. The Black Eyed Peas frontman had everyone on Twitter up in arms with his apparent “blackface” make-up and plastic hi-top fade. Lady Gaga hit the red carpet wearing the first of many outfits on the night—an Alexander McQueen gown (from his final collection) paired with his over-the-top “armadillo” heels. Gaga, who was up for a record-breaking 13 nominations, won Best Dance Video for “Bad Romance” (choreographed by Making The Band‘s Laurie-Ann Gibson) and Best Collaboration for “Telephone” with Beyoncé during the pre-show. In support of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and surrounded by four former service members who either resigned or were discharged due to the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Gaga took her time on the red carpet to chat with Sway about her wish to repeal the rule, remarking, “No one person is more valuable than another person.”
A somber-looking Eminem opened the show with “I’m Not Afraid,” continuing to appear lost onstage without Proof beside him. Rihanna joined him for “Love The Way You Lie,” looking questionable in a bright red, curly wig paired with a ballerina outfit and black military boots. Host Chelsea Handler‘s opening skit was a snoozefest, even with a surprise Lindsay Lohan appearance. Her jokes about being in love with black guys and being “high as a kite” are now stale and when Rick Ross picked her up from the stage in a scooter, it was just plain weird.
Lady Gaga won Best Female Video for “Bad Romance” (presented to her by Ellen DeGeneres, who should have hosted the entire show). The cast of Jackass then presented Best Rock Video to 30 Seconds To Mars for “Kings and Queens.” Kim Kardashian (called a “fashion icon” by the announcer, to the chagrin of everyone on Twitter) then introduced Justin Bieber, who performed a medley of his hits and had kids in the audience going nuts (need to work on those awkward dance moves, Biebs).
Ke$ha and Trey Songz presented Usher as the next performer, with Trey revealing their plans for an upcoming tour (apparently he’s replaced Chris Brown). Usher, 31, proved he’s still as nimble as ever, hitting each step perfectly to his hits “Tonight” and “OMG” across the huge stage while managing to sing live, as well. The “boobilicious and assalicious” combination of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj (Nicki’s behind looking even bigger than an hour earlier in the show in a cream pantsuit) then presented Best Male Video to Eminem for “Not Afraid” (Em had already left the building to join Jay-Z in New York for tonight’s Yankee Stadium show).
Ashley Greene and Jared Leto introduced UK act Florence + The Machine who performed their nominated hit “Dog Days Are Over,” which segued into a random performance from Travie McCoy, N.E.R.D and Ciara. The cast of Glee were up next (can’t seem to escape them) and they presented Best Pop Video to Lady Gaga. Taylor Swift hit the stage next and before her performance, a reel of what happened to her at last year’s show played (so much for “moving on,” as she originally said she wanted to do). She performed “Innocent,” a new track apparently aimed at Kanye (“You’re 32 and still have growing up to do”) and not only did her vocals sound flat, the entire performance seemed misplaced and off-mark.
Drake‘s rendition of “Fancy” was met with a much better response. Joined by veterans Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz on stage, all dressed in glam 1940s-inspired outfits, Drake indeed held it down for his mentor Lil Wayne with a solid performance, including serenading Mary in a move that called to mind a young Jay-Z. Drake was followed by another young artist, Jason DeRulo, who gave a short, lackluster performance leading up to a Jersey Shore promo that included Chelsea Handler jumping in a jacuzzi fully-clothed with the cast. Sofia Vergara, in her over-the-top mamacita glory, then presented Best Hip-Hop Video to Eminem (the biggest winner of the night next to Gaga) for “Not Afraid.”
B.o.B and Bruno Mars kicked off a beautiful live performance of “Nothing On You,” later joined by Paramore‘s Hayley Williams for “Airplanes.” Williams stands out because she actually looks like she’s having fun while on stage, not taking herself too seriously like most others.
The first memorable moment of the night came toward the end, when final presenter Cher, 64, walked out in her “If I Could Turn Back Time” outfit from 1989—and looked incredible in it. She joked about how her outfit was risque “back in the day” but nowadays it’s tame. “Lady Gaga was Baby Gaga back then” she remarked, adding, “I have shoes older than most of these nominees.” She presented Video Of The Year to Gaga, who seemed genuinely overwhelmed and announced her new record Born This Way with a surprise a cappella verse from it.
Comedian Aziz Ansari hilariously introduced the night’s last performance—Kanye West—who came out on a very Willy Wonka–esque stage rocking a bright red suit, red sneakers and multiple gold chains. A lean-looking ‘Ye deejayed on a classic MPC drum machine on a small white podium as he debuted his new song, “Runaway,” featuring The Clipse‘s Pusha T (dressed in what appeared to be a muted version of Kanye’s outfit). As Kanye rapped “Let’s have a toast for the douchebags, the assholes, the scumbags, the jerk-offs,” the audience’s initial boos turned into wild cheers, fitting vindication for his year of torment.