The 2010 VMA biggest moments were actually a little bit disappointing this year, despite host Chelsea Handler’s plea to the audience to be on their worst behavior. But from an innocent Taylor Swift to Kanye West not acting his age and Lady Gaga, here’s a look at the 2010 VMA biggest moments and the night’s big winners:
Chelsea Handler’s Opener – Host Chelsea Handler started the night with one of the many 2010 VMA moments that involved a “surprise” celebrity appearance, as she was chastised by Lindsay Lohan for her fake SCRAM bracelet going off (she tried to play it off by telling Lindsay that it just meant her table at The Cheesecake Factory was ready). Great moments from her opening monologue included calling Lady Gaga and Beyonce “leotarded”; stating that some of her favorite hits of 2010 were the duets between Mel Gibson and “that Russian woman”; and telling the audience not to applaud the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ because they are the reason MTV isn’t playing any of their videos anymore. She also tried to emulate Lady Gaga by wearing a house on her head, releasing a dove from beneath her skirt that Lady Gaga later turned into a hat (as if her meat dress wasn’t enough to incite PETA’s wrath).
Rihanna’s “Surprise” Appearance – It wasn’t really a surprise that Rihanna appeared on stage to sing with Eminem, considering I read the news on Perez Hilton before the 2010 VMA show aired. The duo did well together, although it looked like Rihanna borrowed one of Nicki Minaj’s wigs and was planning on marrying Eminem in a punk rock wedding.
One of the biggest 2010 VMA winners picked up one of her first awards, as Lady Gaga accepted her moon man for Best Female Video wearing a dress that made her look like a bird of paradise that crashed through a classic painting. Another of the 2010 VMA winners was 30 Seconds to Mars, who snagged a moon man for Best Rock Video.
Justin Bieber’s Biggest VMA Moments – He got to be introduced by Kim Kardashian, who cracked that she was ordered to stay 51 feet away from the pint-sized pop star, and I was amazed at how great Justin Bieber sounded after sprinting onstage to avoid the zomBiebers trying to chase him down. He obviously can sing, so why did Justin Bieber lip synch his songs? And that wasn’t the only of the 2010 VMA moments that involved Justin Bieber being fake; Chelsea Handler tried to tug off his hairpiece in a skit.
Usher and Trey Songz performed in one of the biggest moments for the 2010 VMA stage; the floor kind of overshadowed Usher’s dance moves, and I was half expecting him to bust out with one called “the seizure” after being in the middle of all those crazy lights. I also can’t stand the fact that more and more artists that can actually sing are using autotune.
Talk about one of the 2010 VMA biggest moments! Two of the best (and biggest) body parts in pop, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, announced another of the night’s winners, although Eminem wasn’t around anymore to accept the award for Best Male Video. So instead we were treated to Katy Perry making a vulgar joke about the moon man’s solidness on his behalf.
Florence and the Machine performed “Dog Days Are Over”, as the ravishing redhead found herself surrounded by dancing mini Avatar aliens.
When the Glee cast came onstage to announce another of the 2010 VMA winners, I was half expecting Jane Lynch and Chelsea Handler to make out (there was no big kiss this year). Instead the Glee cast got to fall all over themselves when Lady Gaga accepted the award for Best Pop Video in a dress that took Ke$ha’s garbage bag gown idea to the extreme. From the head up, she looked like a horned Gagasaurus.
Taylor Swift’s Innocent Performance – Of course Taylor Swift’s moving performance of “You’re Still an Innocent” was one of the 2010 VMA biggest moments, although I want to ask her, “why so serious?”. I would have loved to see her have fun with the ridiculous moment from last year involving Kanye West, but she had to take the high road (although I think referring to Kanye West as “an innocent” still growing up at age 32 was a bit condescending). Honestly, I wasn’t terribly impressed with Taylor Swift or Kanye West’s performances, but I think the actual more innocent one came out ahead.
The whole “60 seconds until…”; “30 minutes until…” thing was extremely annoying and a true testament to this generation’s attention span. It’s also pretty sad that we kept getting updates on how many VMA-related tweets were popping up on Twitter. Seriously, people have to tweet while watching TV now? I also sincerely hope saying “hash tag” before a word or phrase doesn’t become a thing. #endrant
It was nice to see an artist who can really sing in Mary J. Blige, although Drake’s spitting was supposed to be the center of attention when they shared the stage (at least he didn’t use autotune).
Chelsea Handler’s Situation – Chelsea Handler joined the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast in their iconic hot tub for one of the 2010 VMA biggest moments, voicing her concern that the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast were turning themselves into a not-so-tasty Italian dish while boiling in the water when she joked about feeling what she hoped was a meatball there. She also found herself in quite the situation when she emerged from the tub with a pregnant belly, ending the skit with a quip about hoping that it wasn’t too late for the morning after pill.
I could listen to Sofia Vergara try to tell jokes all day, even though I have to idea what she’s saying. But when she announced another of the winners, Eminem for Best Hip Hop video, I did here her say that she’s taking his moon man to Columbia.
B.o.B. and Hayley Williams offered yet another of the night’s biggest moments involving bright red hair and did a good job, although I could have done without Hayley’s goat bleat “yeahs”.
Justin Bieber wasn’t one of the winners of the night to sweep more than one category, but his army of followers did manage to help him snag the Best New Artist award. He gave his acceptance speech rather quickly, making me wonder if he feared a Kanye-esque interruption.
Linkin Park performs. Who cares? Everyone is just waiting to see Kanye.
Cher vs. Lady Gaga – Wow. Cher came on stage to present the award for Video of the Year to one of the night’s biggest winners, Lady Gaga, and I must say that, at age 64, Cher looks just as good as the meat-covered madwoman she presented the award to. I wonder how Lady Gaga will be dressing when she’s Cher’s age? Will we still care by then?
Kanye West’s Fisher Price Keyboard – And Kanye West ends the show with one of the night’s most anticipated performances, banging away on a kid-sized keyboard. I guess Taylor Swift’s dig about him still growing up at age 32 (now 33) was true; he sang about giving a toast to the jerkoffs, douchebags, and scumbags, ending his song with some extremely painful autotune. I was kind of hoping for a Taylorruption, but no one disrespected him by crashing his horrible-sounding performance.
So, sadly, the 2010 VMA show was a bit disappointing, but at least we have the great Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West debate that will likely follow to look forward to.