The Winners and Losers at the VMAs
Kanye West acts like a jerk, Janet Jackson brings the house to its feet, the extended trailer for New Moon rocks, Lady Gaga is just weird and more — BettyConfidential hands out its own awards for last night’s VMAs
The MTV Video Music Awards didn’t disappoint on Sunday with laughter, tears, profanity, shocks, hot numbers (we’re not just talking about dresses) and more. BettyConfidential has some awards of our own to give out based on the night’s best and worst moments. And the winners are:
The Best Yet Saddest Moment of the Night Award: Tribute to Michael Jackson
Madonna gave a tearful, touching opening speech at the VMAs about the King of Pop where she remarked that she and Michael Jackson, who were born the same year, had many things in common, but there was one marked difference: “I never had a mother but he never had a childhood… I think he got the short end of the stick.” She ended by telling the audience that her two sons (Rocco, 9, and David, 4) are fans of the late King of Pop and revealed, “There’s a whole lot of crotch grabbing and Moonwalking going on in my house.”
Her speech was followed by a group of dancers, performing moves from “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal,” before the video for “Scream” came on and Michael’s sister Janet appeared. She sang along as Michael lamented, “Stop pressuring me… makes me want to scream” and then danced in almost perfect sync with her brother. As Madonna put it, “Sometimes we lose things before we can truly appreciate them.”
The Most Censored Opening Monologue Award: Russell Brand
We knew (and hoped) that Russell Brand would be as provocative as he was when he hosted the VMAs last year, and he didn’t disappoint, but did he really need to say he was staring at Katie Perry’s “glorious entrance” from under the stage, or that he was trying to f*** Lady Gaga despite (or because of) rumors that she is a hermaphrodite, or go into explicit details when explaining that the Brits call a fanny a vagina? We love Russell, but as the great Groucho Marx said “playing dirty” is the cheapest way to get a laugh. Please Mr. Shagger of the Year, try harder next time. And we don’t mean that in the way you’re probably going to take it.