I love award shows. Emmy's, Oscar's, SAG's, I'm a junkie. I already had an idea of what I was getting into with the MTV Video Music Awards this year as I had recorded it to watch later on but had seen the large amount of tweets and Facebook posts regarding the various performances.
Some of my thoughts after my viewing and letting it all sink in:
Why is it that every solo female performer last night felt she needed to make a spectacle of herself? Costume changes, multiple wigs, clam shell bras, giant teddy bears, latex bikinis, boxing rings, things that had nothing to do with the actual song or music. Why do these ladies need to strike attention in this way instead of letting the music speak for itself? All of the male performers last night were very minimal in their performances in comparison. Some lighting design, some background dancers, some pyrotechnics but, alas, no stripping, no twerking. The focus was on the music, as it should be. Even Kanye West, who I perceive as an incredibly arrogant person, took that stage on his own and was shadowed by the light so all you really got was his silhouette and the music. Why are the leading ladies of music today constantly trying to out-do each other in the "crazy" jaw-dropping, attention-grabbing sense? Why can't they let their music speak for itself? If you are that talented a musician, you don't need to put on a crazy show that clouds your song. Unless you are not actually confident in your song and music or your voice and your performance, and you're trying to mask it at all costs. I go to a show to hear my favorite songs live, not to see what crazy stunt an artist is going to do next, just to get people talking. Your music should get people talking.
- I personally think that Miley Cyrus is looking for her lost childhood. It would explain the giant dancing teddy bears and that little episode in 2009 when she pole danced on an ice cream truck during the Teen Choice Awards.
- Why does Taylor Swift always call out the boys who have "done her wrong" in her acceptance speeches? So bitchy. Everyone is already aware of who you write your songs about; you have made that perfectly clear.
- How many other people think that Justin Timberlake took his cue from Beyonce's Super Bowl performance this year when he had N'SYNC pop up and sing the chorus of *Bye Bye Bye* with him before he left them in the dust (again) to continue his solo performance?
- You would think that with everyone talking about an N'SYNC reunion that they would perform a whole song. Maybe a song that they didn't sing in the year 2000 when they are now in their mid-30s. Don't you think that's just a little pathetic? I was never an N'SYNC fan (BSB 4 Ever) but I think if you're talking about a reunion then you at least sing a whole song. I feel bad for those guys.
- I really wish they gave out more actual awards during an "award show"
I don't even know what else I can say. The words "train wreck" come to mind. MTV really needs to take a step back and consider who they are and what they want to portray to their audience; if it's 20 year olds twerking on near 30 year olds or glorifying teen moms , then they're set. I thought this was "music" television...