All of music’s hottest stars aligned on Aug. 25 in Brooklyn for the 30th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. There were some truly unforgettable moments in what is undoubtedly the most energetic music event of the year. While the "Washington Post" notes Miley Cyrus was mentioned more than anyone else on Twitter for her racy performance with Robin Thicke, the fact remains the show opened and closed with a pair of powerhouse vocal vixens in Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's ultra-pleasing productions. And, Justin Timberlake’s performance ala ‘N Sync reunion popped, preceded by an explosive intro from the ever-effusive late night wild man Jimmy Fallon.
Lady Gaga strutted her stuff back onto the VMA stage and while her eyes in the white box were creepy at times, she proved she’s still Mama Monster and deserves a big round of the tune she was putting out, “Applause.” There were several costume and wig changes, and even that funky make-up. All-in-all, she proved she’s got vocal prowess, actual skills – beyond gyrating and using electronics to hone what she sings.
To all of her weight gain critics: The bikini thong proved she’s still got the body to rock it. Bottom line: Gaga brought it in the opening, in a very dramatic Gaga-licious way.
Justin Timberlake/Jimmy Fallon Bromance Unplugged
Who better to pump us up for Justin Timberlake and the ‘N Sync Boyz than fan-boy friend Jimmy Fallon? Fallon has a knack for revving up a crowd and when he said JT was going to blow our minds, we were ready for the explosion.
And JT? Of course he delivered! He totally deserves the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Everything Fallon touted about him is true. He’s been entertaining global masses for more than two decades. He’s practically reinvented reinventing himself and something tells us he’s not even close to being done.
In fact, the mega-talented star confirmed it in an open letter to his fans on his website, by addressing the upcoming Sept. 30 release of “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.” He said:
“The last time I wrote you an open letter, it was in January and I promised that it would be a "Big 2013." Since then, from The Grammys to the release of the first part of 'The 20/20 Experience' to the crowd's response at the VMAs, it's been a wild ride. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. This letter is to tell you that we're not done...Not even close.”
He wasn’t kidding about the crowd response at the VMAs. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and even Gaga herself were rocking out to JT and his former band mates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick while they performed a medley of hits, including “Bye Bye Bye.”
Fallon’s enthusiasm for his "History of Rap," SNL pal bubbled over in a mega-fun bromancy kind of way, bowing at his feet, literally screaming the long list of JT’s accomplishments ending with , “I’m talkin’ about The 20/20 Experience at the top of the charts all over the Go**mn world! What else is there to say about this guy? He’s the best in the business! Ladies and Gentlemen, my friend, the legend, Mr. Justin Timberlake!”
Aww ...way to pump up your BFF Jimmy!
The sweetest moment, perhaps, came when Justin won the Video of the Year Award for “Mirrors” and explained how much the award meant, because the song is a tribute to his grandparents. He shared his grandfather passed away in December and then looked straight into the camera and said, “I hope my grandmother’s watching right now. This is for you Granny.”
We’re ready for anything Justin Timberlake’s got to give from here. We can't help but wonder if an Oscar will be next ...
Katy Kat “Roar”
Katy Perry had the tough job of closing out the night, following Justin Timberlake’s climax. The pop Diva rose straight to the top of that musical challenge and slayed it by performing her record-breaking single, “Roar.”
Everything about the number sizzled, including the boxing ring, her boxing outfit, jump rope sequence and her undeniably hot vocals. There’s a reason legions of Katy Kat fans love her. She’s not afraid of delivering strong messages, and “Roar” proves no exception. Anyone that’s been oppressed by anyone else could feel the victory chant in her self-affirming chorus.
So, Let’s Not…Instead, Let’s
So, let’s not pick on Taylor Swift for what she might have said to her friend Selena Gomez during ex-beau Harry Styles’ speech. Let’s not go on and on about how inappropriate Miley Cyrus was. Let’s not pit Gaga against Perry in some sort of who-bested-who competition.
Instead, let’s recognize and celebrate the collective body of diverse talent that gathered this year at Barclay’s in Brooklyn for the MTV Video Music Awards. Let’s give all the winners and the nominees a healthy round of applause. Where would we be without music, anyway? Making great music (and music videos), after all, is ultimately what it’s all about.