I have struggled with whether or not to even write this piece. I like to write about causes and upbeat things. I like to write things that are positive.
One thing I am totally positive about is that there is a change needed. Look, I believe in artistic expression. I am a writer, a songwriter and a poet. I also believe we should be able to do things and express them the way we want to but there has to be a limit.
When you are in the public eye you are and should be held to a higher standard. The VMA’s are typically an awards show for younger artists so you have got to expect some wild and crazy moments. You expect a slip of the F-bomb which Taylor Swift nicely delivered to the VMA’s when the cameras panned in her direction to see her reaction when New Direction and Harry were on stage and Taylor swiftly said, “Shut the f*ck up.” You could clearly see her lips saying this to Selena Gomez. There was no mistaking this. I saw no provocation to this reaction other than a woman scorned but I digress.
You expect to see colorful performances. The VMA’s got that from Lady Gaga who ended her performance in Conch shells. I was very glad to see her new diet is working for her.
The Miley Cyrus number was crude, lude and sexually explicit. It was not unlike the music video that was in second place to the New Direction music video for the past few weeks. As they say in the business, no publicity is bad publicity. The public is having a very negative reaction to her performance and behavior on the show. The other music artists in the audience during the show did not seem impressed and you could see plenty of the male artists looking down at the floor when she was on stage. Nobody seemed amused and I at several points in her performance was very embarrassed for her. We all know she is grown up and Hanna Montana is gone but there has to be a happy medium and I hope she finds it.
Let's get into the thick of things, pun intended. At 36 years old you would have hoped that wisdom would have come with age for Robin Thicke? I can think of several parents who are most likely red faced today after their offspring’s performances on the VMA’s last night.
You have to wonder if the producers of the show had any input at all about what the performers were going to do and I think they need to share in the responsibility of this debacle because several acts, the production and the presentation were lacking, to say the least.
I did enjoy Katy Perry’s “Roar,” but that performance took place at and outside stage in front of the Brooklyn Bridge so it was part of the show in general, but it was not part of the inside show. It was upbeat, fun and innovative. Loved the boxing ring and Katy's costume and the song ROCKS.
Interesting and exciting moment was that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us" who are INDEPENDENT ARTISTS won the Award for Best Hip Hop Video.
The highlight for me was Selena Gomez on the red carpet and her winning and accepting her award for Best Pop Video.
Twitter, Facebook, and all other social media is still blowing up today about the VMA’s last night. Most of the comments are negative but that is not necessarily a bad thing for MTV. It’s like this, terrible car wrecks and train wrecks, people know that they should not look as the view can be catastrophic and emotionally damaging but they just can’t help themselves.
The reason for the show was to give folks awards for their hard work. The Moonman was given to:
Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez, "Come & Get It"
Artist to Watch Presented by Taco Bell®: Austin Mahone, "What About Love"
Best Collaboration: P!nk feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
Best Video with a Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lewis, "Same Love"
Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, "Up in the Air"
Best Art Direction: Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N"
Best Choreography: Bruno Mars, "Treasure"
Best Cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Best Direction: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"
Best Editing: Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Best Visual Effects: Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
Song of the Summer: One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
A clear and concise message to the Artists who went for the SHOCK FACTOR in their music videos and performances at the VMA’s last night, do they see their names on the list of winners!! No? Maybe that should tell them something. Artists don’t have to do SOFT PORN to win awards. In the moment they will get the attention although negative attention and maybe even a movie made about their downfall somewhere down the line like Linda Lovelace but is that the legacy they really want to leave for their kids?