Awards Show Coverage
2011 MTV Video Music Awards
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Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards can be the craziest night in music with the events as unpredictable as the fashion. In 2010, Lady Gaga took home a slew of moonmen and wore her famous meat dress. This year, it was Beyoncé who made headlines when she walked the carpet sporting a baby bump. Watching the VMAs live, we were standing by to bring you all of the 2011 VMA action!
Twitter was buzzing with pre-show VMA tweets, including #whatwillgagawear, Wiz [Khalifa] and Amber [Rose], Beyoncé and Demi Lovato trending. First to show up was the cast of the Jersey Shore. Snooki played it safe with her dress selection while Deena rocked an over-the-top rainbow dress. Cobra Starship gave a spot on performance of You Make Me Feel with hot up-and-comer, Sabi. Justin Bieber sported glasses and red pants when he was interviewed by his girlfriend and pre-show host Selena Gomez. Of course, he planted a kiss on her cheek, making the Beliebers of the world jealous. Selena looked star struck when she spoke to Britney Spears, who wore basic black. Katy Perry, who had 10 nominations, had pink hair and seemed to be picking up some of Russell Brand's British accent. Nicki Minaj was looking fly when she dropped the new music video for Fly featuring Rihanna. Check out the video below:
The show kicked off with a Lady Gaga performance of "Yoü And I." Stefani Germanotta wasn't a "lady," but the male alter ego, Jo Calderone, in her new music video. "She" smoked a cigarette while giving a monologue with a stage full of Gaga male clones. Justin Bieber looked bored and Adele seemed confused by the performance. Watch in the video below:
Britney Spears took home the award for Best Pop Video for "Till the World Ends." But it's no surprise that Britney won this award. She's on top of her game in 2011 and deserved it. While she's had some crazy past VMA moments, this year was Britney's time to shine.
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Father-to-be Jay-Z and Kanye West threw their diamonds up for a hot performance of "Otis." The stage blazed with flames and an American flag in the backdrop. Luckily, Kanye didn't steal the microphone from Jay-Z. Foo Fighters were up next to take home the award for Best Rock Video, which was no shocker.
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Nicki Minaj walked with Best Hip-Hop video for "Super Bass," throwing a shout out to Young Money. Best Collaboration went to Katy Perry and Kanye West for "E.T." for her first VMA win. Katy then introduced Adele's performance of "Someone Like You," which no doubt left her ex sitting at home saying: "Oooops!" After receiving a standing ovation, Adele looked scared, awkward and on the brink of tears. She doesn't enjoy playing for big crowds, but her effort was flawless.
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Beavis and Butthead asked Nicki Minaj for a threesome while Jessie J. continued her peppered-in performances. In an obvious move to rekindle Kim K and Biebs controversy, newlywed Kim Kardashian gave the award for Best Male Video to Justin Bieber for "U Smile." Kim could barely walk in her tight dress, but was glowing in her post-wedding bliss. Joe Jonas won the award for weirdest haircut when he introduced Chris Brown's energetic performance, which was easily the best of the night. Check it out below:
"Lady" Gaga opened the Britney Spears tribute still dressed as a man. Gaga revealed that "she" used to "touch herself while laying in bed" and looking at her Britney posters. Britney appeared happy in the audience as performers went through the history of her videos.
When Britney came on stage to accept the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, it looked like Gaga and Britney would kiss. But it seems as though Britney's crazy days are behind her because the smooch didn't happen. The duo introduced Beyoncé's performance, who started her set saying "the love is growing inside of me." Watch a blissful Beyoncé below:
The most shocking award of the night was the Best New Artist going to Tyler, The Creator. The win was reminiscent of Esperanza Spalding's at the 2011 Grammys. Next, Lady Gaga snagged the award for Best Female Video for "Born this Way," in what may have been the first time in VMA history a "man" has accepted the moonman in this category.
Russell Brand shared some words about his friend Amy Winehouse. Tony Bennett introduced a video of Amy and him singing together before her untimely death. Bruno Mars took the stage singing "Valerie." While the rendition was honest and touching, could an artist closer to Amy have performed the tribute? Probably.
At this point in the show, BET Awards and Russell Brand's name spelled incorrectly were trending on Twitter. Maybe a sign that the audience was bored? The show definitely started to slow down after Beyoncé's performance. Katie Holmes wrapped the night by giving the award for Video of the Year to Katy Perry. But it was Katy's strange outfit that grabbed attention as the weirdest fashion choice at the VMAs. Take a look at the pic below:
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A shirtless Lil Wayne gave the closing performance in what turned out to be a sleepy VMAs overall. However, this year's show was all about positivity. The new category of Video with a Message, Lady Gaga's statement to be true to yourself, the focus on Amy Winehouse's amazing career rather than her addiction, and the announcement of Beyoncé's pregnancy made the VMAs take a turn for the better. With no one winner dominating the show, the VMAs had less acceptance speech interuptions and meat dresses and more happy endings.
Check out the full gallery of this year's VMAs!
Katherine Epstein (@RTNowRadio) for RightNowRadio © 2011