In Drag, Flying High and Preggo?
Every year I religiously watch the VMA’s regardless of how disappointed I felt the year prior. I wait eagerly for Sunday, and at the strike of 7 pm (DIRECTV baby!), I take a seat on my comfy couch, as if I’m at the actual theatre and feel a rush of excitement take over me. After all, with performances by: Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Adele, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Bruno Mars, excited was the least I could feel.
So how did I feel after it was all over? Still pretty satisfied.
Here’s my re-cap of best and not so great moments…
Opening Act—Lady Gaga. If you’ve read my first blog you know how much I love this woman. Last night, she did it again for me. As she performed to her latest single, “Yoü and I,” she incorporated all her skills from acting, to playing piano to singing to dancing, all that an artist should be. Many of you might be tired of all the “messages” she attempts to send, but last night it wasn’t just a message I was getting out of her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone, I was impressed by how well she carried the character throughout the whole night. There’s really no telling what’s up her sleeve, all I know is that I loved it. She didn’t need any fancy stage effects, fire coming out of her bustier, or to be carried in an egg, she just let her theatrical talents speak for themselves and that in itself was entertaining. Bravo!
Second act worthy to mention, Chris Brown! I admit, for the past year or so, he hasn’t been on my “I love” list, mainly due to his childish and aggressive behavior. But one thing I can get used to, are his one- of-a-kind dance moves. That’s the thing with this kid, he makes you feel like dancing, let me rephrase that, he makes you feel like busting some badass moves (and then realizing, damn, it’s not as easy as it looks). The way he dominated the floor from start to finish was definitely standing ovation material. Brown took us back to 1993 with Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Your Neck, and then to 1991 with Nirvana’s hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” then finally took us to the “future” into an acrobatic-techno realm, flying high, with “Beautiful People.” Indeed Beautiful! (Chris Brown please continue on this path, no more beating women please!)
Lastly, my third favorite, no one else but… Beyoncé! I was a little surprised she didn’t do her new rhythmically catchy “End of Time,” with her massive female ensemble; instead she rocked to her new soulful track “Love on Top.” She sang with such passion, with this certain glow. And what better song to announce to the whole world that she’s now preggers! What was even more adorable was Jay-Z smiling from ear to ear, a picture perfect moment.
Now for my critique of the night, I’ll keep this short.
Britney Spears for Best Pop Video? Really? I don’t believe she’s where she should be. I’m happy for her recovery but still not satisfied with her latest appearances, her fans really deserve the old Britney (regardless of her lack of vocal talent, she used to put on a great show).
Moving on…Nicki Minaj, what the hell were you wearing? I think you’re a great female rapper but we already have one Lady Gaga, please try to find your own fashion statement. Katy Perry that goes out to you too, what’s with the cube on top of your head?
Now Amy Winehouse’s tribute was something I was definitely looking forward to, and not to say Bruno Mars didn’t do a great job performing to “Valerie” because he was awesome, but it was too short, it left me wanting more. There was so much speculation of who would cover her songs, and I think quite a few wanted Adele, were expecting Adele, and when it was over, it was like, “that’s it?”
As a closing act, Lil Wayne didn’t really do it for me. I don’t have much to say besides I really didn’t understand what he was saying on the last song, I was too distracted by his saggy pants. I don’t get it; just don’t wear pants next time, problem solved. He’ll probably have a new line saying, “Boxers show, don’t care,” or maybe he’s endorsing some underwear line.
Lastly, thank you Kanye, for not interrupting anyone or going psycho on Katy Perry when she insinuated it was your “first time” in winning a Moonman. I guess that time off stage was really life changing. Gracias!
That’s my take, what’s yours?