Lady Gaga turned her “Bad Romance” into a good one and was the big winner on Sunday’s VMAs. The always interestingly-dressed pop artist took home eight Moonman trophies including one for Best Collaboration for “Telephone featuring Beyonce.” YouTube breakout teen artist Justin Bieber also took home a statue for Best New Artist. Other winners were Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds to Mars for Best Rock Video, Florence + the Machine for Best Art Direction and The Black Keys for Breakthrough Video.
This year’s VMAs were hosted by comedian and E! talk-show host Chelsea Handler, who happened to be the second female host in the show’s history since Roseanne Barr hosted in 1994 The outspoken Handler zinged in her opening monologue when she referenced what some of this year’s nominees might have been up to back then.
“Justin Timberlake was in the Mickey Mouse Club pretending he wasn’t having sex with Britney Spears,” Handler joked. “‘The Situation’ was just a classy way to refer to a teenage pregnancy. And Justin Bieber’s mom had just given birth to her 401k plan.”
Handler also dressed up like Lady Gaga, claimed she got high in a prayer circle with Snoop Dog and did a skit about getting impregnated in a Jersey Shore hot tub.
After last year’s Kanye West/Taylor Swift microphone snatch, for which West made numerous apologies, the most recent on Twitter, their two performances were the most anticipated. Swift sang “Speak Now” and seemed to forgive West with the last lines: “Who you are is not what you did/You’re still an innocent.” West closed the show by showing a clip from his upcoming movie and then rapped about “douchebags” and his advice to deal with them: “I got a plan/ Run away as fast as you can.”
Other highlights included Lady Gaga announcing the name of her new album “Born This Way,” Eminem and Rihanna’s performance and the debuts of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.
Young stars who dazzled on the white carpet included Selena Gomez, Twilight star Ashley Green, The Hills alum Audrina Patridge, Emma Stone, Jersey Store stars Snooki and Sammi “Sweetheart,” and Ciara. The look for the men attending was black, leather and sunglasses.
Video of the Year: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best New Artist: Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris “Baby”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem “Not Afraid”
Best Pop Video: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Male Video: Eminem “Not Afraid”
Best Rock Video: 30 Seconds to Mars “Kings and Queens”
Best Female Video: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Collaboration: Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce “Telephone (long version)”
Best Dance Music Video: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Art Direction: Florence + the Machine “Dog Days are Over”
Best Choreography: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Cinematography: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind with Alicia Keys”
Best Direction: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Editing: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Special Effects: Muse “Uprising”
Breakthrough Video: The Black Keys “Tighten Up”