RECAP OF THE 2010 VMA'S
Monday, September 13, 2010
The bar was set very high. In 2009, Lady Gaga had a killer performance, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys closed the show with "Empire State of Mind" and, oh yeah, Kanye West stole Taylor Swift's thunder. The 2010 MTV Music Video Awards had a lot to live up to, but proved fairly tame compared to last year's show.
The show opened with Eminem performing his anthem, "Not Afraid." He was joined by Rihanna for a performance of their summer smash, "Love the Way You Lie." There was potential for creating a really moving, unforgettable performance here. Instead, Rihanna was wearing an ugly tutu-like dress and it seemed like there just wasn't much time put into the performance.
The sometimes funny Chelsea Handler hosted the show. She came out trying to do her best Lady Gaga impression, with an over-the-top outfit. Her jokes seemed to fall flat on the audince for her open and throughout the show. Bring Chris Rock back.
The performances were so-so. Justin Bieber performed outside of the studio to a bunch of screaming girls. He tried showing off his drumming skills, which proved elementary at best. Back in studio, Bieber's buddy, Usher, performed the over-hyped "OMG." Florence and the Machine (I've never heard of them either) sang their hit song, whatever that is and Linkin Park delivered on a dramtic performance of their new single.
You were buzzing about them last year and this year there's probably plenty of water cooler talk about Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Once again, they stole the show. Taylor performed a not-yet-titled song about Kanye West. "32 and still growing up now. Who you are is not what you did You're still an innocent," Taylor sang. Really strong performace.
Kanye West closed the show. Wearing bright red on the black and white set, clearly Kanye felt like the devil in the room. He debuted his new song, "Runaway." It's catchy and ironic chorus, "Let's have a toast for the douchebags. Let's have a toast for the assholes. Let's have a toast for the scumbags." He may have been an outcast last year, but by the end of this song, Kanye had won over the room. All was forgiven.
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