2010 mtv vma recap/review


I’m quite finished with the VMAs for this year, but I feel the need that I must do a review of the show and awards compared to what I predicted (or picked) to win. Clearly, this was Lady Gaga’s show, and a tribute to her video “Bad Romance.” But it was also a concert of a few of the hottest songs of this past year and a who’s who in current pop culture. Oh yeah, and the Swift/West saga. So I will keep it short, okay?

  • Best Dance Video – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (Correctly predicted)
  • Best Collaboration – Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce, “Telephone” (I knew would win but I wanted Jay-Z/Alicia Keys to win)
  • Best Female Video – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (Correctly predicted)
  • Best Rock Video – 30 Seconds to Mars, “Kings and Queens” (Incorrectly predicted, I guessed Florence + the Machine)
  • Best Male Video – Eminem, “Not Afraid” (Correctly predicted)
  • Best Pop Video – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (Correctly predicted, but wanted someone else to win)
  • Best Hip Hop Video – Eminem, “Not Afraid” (Incorrectly predicted, wanted Jay-Z to win)
  • Best New ArtistJustin Bieber (I knew  he would win, but I picked someone else)
  • Breakthrough Video – The Black Keys, “Tighten Up” (Correctly picked)
  • Best Direction – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (Correctly predicted)
  • Best Choreography – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (Predicted but wanted someone else to win)
  • Best Special Effects – Muse “Uprising” (Incorrectly predicted, but not upset)
  • Best Art Direction – Florence + the Machine, “Dog Days Are Over” (I actually picked this as a runner up)
  • Best Editing – Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (I guess I predicted it, but I wanted someone else to win)
  • Best Cinematography – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” (Correctly picked)
  • Video of the Year Lady Gaga (Correctly predicted and had a strong feeling almost a year ago, without actually saying “best video winner”)

And now for the highlights in performances:

  • Nicki Minaj & will.i.am -strange & stranger… (and scary).
  • Hey will.i.am, is this what future black people will look like in your world?
  • Eminem – awesome, loved the drums and surprise by Rihanna
  • Justin Bieber – pass…
  • Usher – possibly best performance? I’m a sucker for SFX and I loved the laser and use of the lighted stage floor
  • Florence and the Machine – had I not known who she was or saw the video, I would pass on this performance, but it was well done
  • Taylor Swift – great use of the stage but I didn’t care for the song. Why was her drummer “outside“?
  • Drake – Hey Mary J! Looked like Casablanca.
  • B.o.B/Paramore – not bad, nothing stellar. The light bulbs at the end was a nice touch
  • Linkin Park – good show, loved the multiple stages
  • Kanye West – typical. Not amazed but definitely not boring either.
  • Chelsea Handler had few funny moments, including the house hat, the new artist sketches, and the Jersey Shore hot tub. Other than that, don’t come back next year.


And the other things that happened:

  • Oh, hi Lindsay Lohan.
  • That’s why Kim Kardashian is famous: fashion icon?
  • What happened to fun pairings to present awards… like Busta Rhymes and Martha Stewart?
  • When trash bags go to award shows, they wear a Ke$ha.
  • Sofia Vergara, I love you.
  • Cher brought back an outfit she should’ve left in the past no matter how well she can still fit it.
  • Sofia Vergara, I wish I was that Moon Man.
  • I was sad there was no handshake/hug between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Not that I am losing sleep over it, but I’d like to see a duet or a skit or something so we can go on to our next controversy… like will.i.am midnight face and hair helmet.
  • The stage/set stole the show each and every time it was used to full capacity, most notably with Usher. Most of the performances utilizing the stage were great, visually. I wish that whole stage was a room in my house.
  • Mmmm... Sofia Vergara

    I wish Sofia Vergara was in my house too.

  • I also wish I could watch deadmau5’s head and other animations all day too. One of the best parts of the show. Let’s have him host next year.
  • Oh yeah, and Lady Gaga’s meat dress.

Other than that, a tame telecast compared to past shows. Sad to say, the VMAs are getting kinda lame. Let’s step it up next year guys. But for a whole lotta bunch more stuff VMA related, head over to MTV.com for pics, videos and even the whole show repeat… Not sure why you would want to watch this particular telecast again, in my opinion, it wasn’t worth it. I would include more stuff that happened but I’m tired and I’m late. But as I said to a friend to sum up this year’s show “Hey MTV, I’m really impressed with your stage and Imma let you finish but last year was one of the best VMAs of all time!”

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