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2011 Video Music Awards Recap

Another year, another Video Music Award show down. Last year was all about Lady GaGa and 13 nominations, this time it was all about Katy Perry and her 10 nominations.

This year’s line up for a host, was unconventional, since there was actually no host. The show remains the same as other years, the expectedly solid performances, and the awkward acceptance speeches. It oddly served as a tribute to living music legend Britney Spears, but it somehow ended up being it all about Beyoncé.

Judging the performances, Jessie J could’ve used some more spotlight. Lady GaGa pulled another surprise card as she appeared dressed up as a male, in full character (crazy character one must add). It was insane, because she actually pulled it off looking like a man; no joke. If people thought her meat dress was too much, wait until you see how convincing GaGa looks as the embodiment of testosterone (minus her voice of course). Her delivery of ‘You And I’ was strong, and with her all as always; Brian Mays was the icing on top. The Britney tribute seemed more of a tactic to garner ratings than an actual merit for Spears as a troupe of frenetic little girls emulating the star on stage to her hits dressed in her most iconic moments; it was fantastic nonetheless. GaGa seemed to have pecked Britney on the lips, as she took the Video Vanguard Moon Man in hand (throwback to 2003 possibly? until Spears simulated going for a second not so subtle peck before addressing the microphone instead).

Kanye West and Jay-Z took the stage, and it was your regular rapper showdown kind of performance, just gone a little patriotic; not amusing. Pitbull and Ne-Yo overplayed their single for the billionth time in America, wasn’t radio and clubs alike enough? With a monotonous and repetitive song as ‘Give Me Everything (Tonight)’ is, at least they managed to bring it to life on stage.

Adele slayed the stage with her soaring vocals; pretty sure the building walls were shaking. Chris Brown got his footwork on like he always has, but Beyoncé, was probably one of the most engaging performances all night with ‘Love On Top’, which happens to be one of the not so many highlights in her fourth studio album 4. The performance was sassy and saw the performer cover her crotch with pants for once, who wrapped it with a mic thud and a belly rub, tinging at her pregnancy. The song was called for and the reason behind it, quite charming; the energy was unbelievable.

Young The Giant’s performance of ‘My Body’, was a shocker, because it was beyond superb. From staging, to vocals and crowd interaction. This is more than sufficient proof these guys should make it BIG; it was amazing they got 250 of their hometown fans witness their debut on the VMA stage.

Talking about tributes, other than Spears’, the late Amy Winehouse also got her recognition, on behalf of Bruno Mars, who gave an electric rendition of ‘Valerie’; it was definitely a moment, which got everyone clapping hard, while it allowed the audience to reflect on the major loss of talent the music world has suffered with Winehouse’s passing. It was sad, but in a way celebrated all of what Jazz meant to Winehouse and her fans.The show closed with an awfully auto-tuned perfomance by Lil’ Wayne; it could’ve done without, and came across as a desperate last minute promo for his upcoming album, The Carter IV.

As far as Moon Men go, Spears took home two for Video Vanguard and Best Pop Video with ‘Till The World Ends’. Adele’s trip to America ended up being worth it since she won three Moon Men, for Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. The ridiculously attention-seekingly dressed Nicki Minaj won for Best Hip-Hop Video. Rock Video was won by The Foo Fighters; Mumford & Sons deserved this one really, it seemed like it was the obvious choice; as if MTV plays rock videos.

Katy Perry was a vision all throughout the night, with creamy lavender-pink hair, she nabbed Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects with ‘E.T.’ plus the coveted Video of the Year merit for ‘Firework’; endlessly deserving, considering how breathtaking the video is. Justin Bieber won for Best Male; its not hard to acknowledge how many no-life thirteen year olds clicked his category before the voting polls closed. Best New Artist went to Tyler The Creator, whomever that is, hadn’t heard from that one, not even once.

All in all, with each year, they get it half right and half wrong, and this year it wasn’t an exception. Viewers got the attention-seeking stunts, cricket noise inducing liners, random speeches, and the drab nomination presentations (Jersey Shore, really?), which were far from creative or appealing for that matter.

We’ll see what they cook up for next year, based on the highs and lows the previous award shows have undergone, they have a lot to work on the chalkboard.

Until the next ceremony!

C.Perez

Teen Choice Awards 2010 Recap

Just barely airing this past Monday, the Teen Choice Awards took place under Katy Perry’s hosting along the male cast members of Glee. Perry literally ‘cheered’ the night as a cheerleader, a geeky school-braced reject, prom queen, a hippie, and as an emo-goth girl. Despite her brief appearances and undercover slight promotion with references to the title of her upcoming new record, Perry managed to keep everyone amused, won awards for Summer Choice Song and Choice Music Single with ‘California Gurls’, and to at last straightforwardly encourage the audiences to check for Teenage Dream coming out August 24rth after several scripted hints. Ken Jeong served as co-co-host by staying in character impersonating the role he plays in the Twilight saga ridicule, Vampires Suck.

Opening with Perry’s sequence in belting out a segment off her new single ‘Teenage Dream’, followed by its full performance, the night was given a start (Katy labeled the award show as her very own teenage dream). The winning nominees were expected, just about everything Vampire related won most awards (i.e. Twilight-New Moon, The Vampire Diaries), as well as the usual teeny boppers, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who was thoughtful enough to the Teen Choice audience after winning four awards, by broadcasting a pre-taped performance of ‘U Smile’ directly from his summer My World Tour to the actual ceremony.

The performances were stellar; Perry’s live rendition to her single as the opening was solid. Chris Brown can kiss his career goodbye now, as Jason Derulo took the stage Monday night to prove both his vocal and dancing abilities with the catchy ‘In My Head’, which in fact did for a Brown replacement gone on the same level. Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy with the striking performance to their single ‘Billionaire’ gave the night a whole different twist; Mars should start working solo, because his stage presence is enough and worth a standing ovation, no need to be featured. Diddy-Dirty Money with ‘Hello Good Morning’, which incorporated strobe lightning on stage, was massive, but seemed off place considering the Teen Choice Awards keep it all tidy clean when it comes to their ceremonies. Last but not least, the Step Up 3-D cast performance, a great flexibility-break-crunk-hip-hop-martial arts influenced dance extravaganza was the major highlight; the cast indeed brought their input to the film to the stage.

Taylor Lautner’s several wins over Robert Pattinson might mean twilighters are choosing over Team Jacob…or plain Team Lautner; Meyer should either start rewriting Breaking Dawn or start a spin off as soon as possible favoring the Jacob character, to milk the cow more by catering to what fans want apparently. Miley Cyrus’s zero wins and sole nomination really reflected how ‘well’ her album Can’t Be Tamed was received; no further comments.

Award shows usually have their downside where everything becomes humdrum, such as the Mtv VMA’s over the past years which seem to struggle when it comes to actually entertain. The Teen Choice Awards were a bit different, there were no dull moments, except for Robert Pattinson’s apparent catty discomfort when The Vampire Diaries cast were being given merits (guess he can be the only ruling vampire on scene).

The award show was pretty riveting, and it was incredibly hard to believe just yesterday (so to speak) Britney Spears made an appearance in a lace-leathered outfit at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, and now the next show is already over.

C.Perez

Check out the show performances below!

Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’

Justin Bieber – ‘U Smile’

Travie McCoy Feat. Bruno Mars – ‘Billionaire’

Step Up 3-D Cast dancing to Flo Rida’s ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’

Diddy-Dirty Money – ‘Hello Good Morning’