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MTV VMAs 2010: Kanye West's New Song, Lady Gaga's Outfits and More

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Sep 13th 2010 1:00AM
Chelsea HandlerOnce a year, MTV puts its reality shows on pause to play music videos. And so the music industry elite (plus Ke$ha) gathered at the 2010 Video Music Awards to sing, dance and don ridiculous-looking fashions.

Chelsea Handler, MTV's first female VMA host in 16 years (seriously, MTV?) started the night out with some advice from D.A.R.E's newest spokesperson, Lindsay Lohan. The jailbird looked haggard and hardened by the clink, but at least Larry Rudolph is already at work rehabbing her career.

Lady Gaga then took the stage with a single-family home on her head and a dove tucked in her crotch. This could've been authentic Gaga until Handler peeked out of the home's garage to start her opening monologue, which riffed on The Situation and Justin Bieber, and practically begged the audience and performers to act out, cause a ruckus and be very, very bad.

Memories of shenanigans from shows past immediately came to mind. Remember when a Rage Against the Machine member scaled the stage's scaffolding; when Lisa Marie smooched Michael Jackson on stage; when Lil' Kim let one boob hang out of her dress? This was not that show. Thanks to Kanye West, every star was on his or her very best, stick-to-the-script behavior.

Handler was giddy and game for a good time throughout the night, but most of her skits fell flat: She jumped in the hot tub with the 'Jersey Shore' cast (heels and all) and exited with a tired joke in the form of a faux baby bump. She addressed last year's West-Swift debacle by warning off stage crashers with a stupid self-defense demonstration. She filmed a running skit with Ke$ha about a VMA meet and greet. And she made an unfortunate joke about riding home on the face of the hot werewolf from 'True Blood.'

The show had the most success with its live performances, which were plentiful, visually pleasing and mostly lip-synced. Eminem, with a surprise appearance by Rihanna, opened the show with 'Not Afraid' against a backdrop of a city up in flames. RiRi wore an oversized tutu with combat boots. It was very Tinkerbell goes to war.

Then teen dream Bieber sang for a gaggle of brace-faced fans on an outdoor stage. His backup dancers were kids, some as young as seven, in letterman jackets. It was refreshing to see a teenage artist actually dressing the part.

Florence and the Machine performed a rousing version of 'Dog Days' dressed in her ethereal, indie best. Unfortunately her opening choreography resembled that Seasonique commercial where ladies on birth control do synchronized swimming.

And then it was time for Taylor Swift to sing her new song. Since no one involved with this show, including Swift herself, will let us forget last year's acceptance speech hijacking, we were forced to watch the footage yet again as it was part of her set piece. She condescendingly crooned about Kanye, "Who you are is not what you did...You're still innocent...32 and you're still growing up now." Enough already, Taylor.

Kanye's big comeback closed the show, and being the egomaniac that he is, he sang about himself: "Let's have a toast for the douche bags!" Despite the ridiculous lyrics that followed, You've got to give it up to the guy. His stripped-down performance was the best of the night. He wore a red velvet suit and the only dancers on stage were three ballerinas, perfect little ladies pirouetting before the big bad douche bag. Kanye got massive applause and a lingering chant from the crowd.

Unfortunately the presenters this year were decidedly C-list: the guys from 'Jackass,' Jared Leto channeling David Bowie, Ashley Greene from 'Twilight.' Hollywood just didn't show up for this shindig.

The winners (and their acceptance speeches) were also anticlimactic. 'Bad Romance' deservingly took home the awards for Best Female Video and Video of the Year, and Gaga accepted each award in a different outfit. The first one was a leather ballgown which she herself classified as "fashion roadkill." When she received the second award, she thanked her little monsters and announced the title of her new album, 'Born This Way.' She also sang an a cappella preview of the title track while wearing an outfit made of meat. Bieber won Best New Artist, no surprises there. And Eminem won Best Male Video and Best Hip Hop Video.

In the end, Cher in her Vintage 'Turn Back Time' electrical tape getup was the biggest surprise of the evening (but not really because she has a new movie to promote). Too bad most people watching the show probably have no knowledge of that classic piece of music video history.

So what did you think of the show? Are the VMAs still relevant? Who had the best performance? And what's the deal with Kim Kardashian's crush on the Biebs?

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Starmom4U

Don't know if you watched the same show I did, but I thought Chesea Handler was hilarious. I fell out laughing several times. Thought Taylor AND Kanye both fell flat. Kanye's performance was just was just weird. I thought the song he did was horrible. The lyrics were disgusting and I thought it ridiculous that the crowd went wild and chanted his name. Let's all reward an a**hole for bad behavior. It wasn't all that and a bag of chips. Lady Gaga has turned this into a joke with her frequent costume changes and especially the last disgusting meat outfit. That was so America's Next Top Model. She was so fashioned challenged that she had to have people help her walk. How pretentious! With all of the many videos done this past year and we could only admire hers? She doesn't even dance. She just does weird motions. I think she is having a big laugh at America. She thinks, "How much ridiculous stuff can I do and they all still adore me?" Please don't misunderstan; I sing along to her music like everyone else, but is she really the only artist we can admire? As for Florence and the machine, who the hell is she and what is that weird song she did? It wasn't pop and certainly not rap. So what category of music does she do? And who is "the Machine"? The VMA's are becoming less and less relevant. I noticed that last year, there were frequent shots of all the famous people in the audience. Basically, the only people they showed on camera this year was Lady Gaga and the Jersey Shore people. Don't get me started on the pre-show. I tuned in hoping to see all the stars arriving on the red carpet. Apparently not that many famous people showed up, because all they talked about was how Twitter was "blowing up with the VMA's" and show a bunch of no-name people who won a trip to the VMA's from some contest. I wish I had not DVR'd it cause at least the commercials I would be forced to watch might have been entertaining.

September 13 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rey Flemings

Would you doofs PLEASE stop saying she was the first female host in 16 years? Sarah Silverman hosted the VMAs in Las Vegas in 2007. Wake up and get your facts right.

September 13 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rebecca,

Maybe do a bit of research before making comments. Taylor wrote that song in 2009 shortly after the incident and performed it now because it was the same show that inspired the song and also because to promote her new album (which this song is on) which comes out next month. And on the side, you had no problems with Kanye performing a song about last years incident - even calling it the best performance of the night, but you chastise Taylor for doing the same?!? You, Rebecca, are a joke!

September 13 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tkvaillancourt

I dont really care when she wrote it. I and a bunch of other people are over it. She is not the first artist to have her acceptance speech interrupted and she wont be the last. Do you see the other bands creating songs and things like that. Get the F over it and lets move on. She is an adult and needs to act like one.

September 15 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RossettaThorpe

Alas, Chelsea flunked-I felt very uncomfortable for her many times..The music community is actually very closed, although they are "out there" a lot. Her jokes were not hip, nor funny..She seemed almost desperate at times to be cool, but even Cher upstaged her..Way out of her league. also, the show was so damn high tech and busy you could barely follow what was going on..
I loved Slim Shady be GONE by the the time he won!
perfect music biz...Rossie

September 13 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Val

Kanye is the reason for Taylor Swift's Ultra Stardom. There is no way she will let us forget it. I forget she is in her 20's the way she cries about this crap.

September 13 2010 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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