MTV VMA Awards: Live-Blogging the Show

The MTV Video Music Awards open with Eminem. The sets are pretty awesome.

Here comes Chelsea Handler and Lindsay Lohan. Jokes about drunks, not too funny. Now Chelsea drops onto the stage from a cage wearing a house on her head. A white dove flies out from her shorts. The glitter costume comes off and she looks much better in a short black dress. She didn't drink but is as high as a kite from a prayer circle with Snoop Dog. It's the first time the awards have been hosted by a woman. She encourages everyone to be on their worst behavior. She has sawed off shotguns in her purse, security didn't check her because she's not black.


Two references to Jersey Shore. "They're the reason MTV doesn't play your videos."

She's done, here's Ellen DeGeneres. presenting the ward for best female video. Winner: Lady Gaga for "Bad Romance." Her Alexander McQueen shoes are incredible, I'll try to get a picture. (Here they are.)

Justin Bieber performs outside. It's like a Today Show set. A very preppy number that reminds me of those old groups like Boyz to Men. Justin now bangs on the drums and the crowed goes wild throwing red confetti. I'm underwhelmed.

Usher's up: Very cool, ultra-high tech set. What a great dancer. Best performance so far tonight.

Back for Taylor Swift. Sounds to me like she is off-key a few times at the beginning but she finishes stronger. The refrain sounds just like her other songs though. This is supposed to be a song about Kanye West..."'Lost your balance on a tight rope... '32 and still growing up..." Not her best performance.

So far:

  • Best Dance Video – Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”)
  • Best Collaboration Video – Lady Gaga featuring * Beyonce (“Telephone”)
  • Best Female Video – Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”)
  • Best Rock Video – 30 Seconds to Mars (“Kings and Queens”)
  • Best Male Video – Eminem (“Not Afraid”)
  • Best Pop Video – Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”)

Jersey Shore is a skit, not an award presentation. It's actually funny. They are in a hot tub and challenge Chelsea to get in. She does. They are all sitting in water. After the award for best hip-hop video (Eminem wins) they come back to the hot tub. Some jokes about how filthy it is and then Chelsea emerges, with a pregnant belly over her outfit. She hopes it's not too late for the morning after pill and runs offstage soaking wet from the waist down.

Great performance of Airplanes (Wish Right Now) by B.O.B and Hayley Williams. She's got a great voice.

Winner for Best New Artist -- voting ended just a few minutes ago: Justin Bieber wins. He can't find his way up to the stage. Thanks Usher for being his mentor. Lady Gaga is in her third outfit.

Linkin Park performs at the LA Obsrvatory. They're wearing overcoats and jackets. Can it be that cold in LA? It's reminiscent of the Berlin Wall concert last year. They are very good.

Video of the year and Kanye West up in 4 minutes. Maybe that's why Lady Gaga changed again, she couldn't walk in the black Armani gown she wore when accepting her second award.

Here's Cher. OMG, she looks great -- exactly the same and she's wearing that black see-through bodysuit from the "Turn Back Time" video. She's announcing Video of the Year. Lady Gaga wins for "Bad Romance." She gives Cher her purse to hold. What a pair they make. Lady Gaga is actually crying. After saying she was so nervous because she didn't want to let her fans down, she announces her new record and sings a line. And gets her purse back from Cher.

Here's Kanye West. Wearing bright orange-red. It's a song about toasting douchebags, scumbags, as*holes and jerkoffs. There's ballerinas dancing around and some other other guy taking lead singing now. I love his salmon colored blazer. Then back to Kanye but his voice is so muffled you can't make out what he's singing. I think he's saying "I'm sorry" (to Taylor?). Then it's back to the toast to the jerkoffs, etc, all heard clearly. I can't tell if the unintelligile part was intentional or not. Whatever the point of it was, I missed it.

Chelsea ends with telling everyone to go get "sh*t-faced."

I feel bad for all the performers not named Lady Gaga or Eminem. They never stood a chance. That's a wrap.

My favorite performance: B.O.B and Hayley:

Also great: Linkin Park:

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    Could have done (none / 0) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 10:23:53 PM EST
    without Bieber and Kanye but the rest was okay. It's entertaining just to see Gaga's shoes.

    Agree (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 10:34:37 PM EST
    Kanye was not good and Bieber is a baby.

    Best performances I thought were B.O.B and Hayley Williams (Airplanes) and Linkin Park and Usher.

    So much money went into this show, but I kept thinking of how much it poured into the community in terms of jobs, everything from limo drivers to set designers, tech personnel, musicians, dancers, caterers, hair stylists, the whole works.


    I can't be certain (none / 0) (#3)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 11:03:13 PM EST
    but think these were the shoes with the first outfit
    Gaga Shoes

    What a riot... (none / 0) (#4)
    by weltec2 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 04:01:57 AM EST
    Bieber wandering around lost. Gaga trying to show the child where to go. Bieber still lost. Ffiiinally he makes his way to the stage and receives his award and then he's lost again, not knowing where to go and has to be grabbed and led away. The only humor, albiet unintentional, on the night.