So many great music videos, only so many Moon Men to go around. Last night was the highly anticipated MTV Video Music Awards – an event that brings Hollywood’s most talented artists together for a night of musical mayhem. And what an epic night it was, what with Gaga going onstage in drag and almost kissing Britney Spears Russell Brand paying tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, and let’s not forget Beyonce’s exciting news – she’s pregnant! The show had more than a few moments you should be aware of, and just in case you missed all the excitement due to a busy social life or a lack of power caused by a certain hurricane we've got them all lined up for you.
1. Lady Gaga is a dude for the entire show.
Leading the pack to kick off the show was Gaga herself or should I say her male alter-ego Jo Calderone. Strutting out onto the stage with a white T-shirt, black jeans, and greasy hair, the not-so-lady Gaga puffed on a cigarette while presenting her own version of a comedy routine. Jo then did what any normal boyfriend would do: he complains about his girlfriend Lady Gaga, talking about her hair and wearing heels in the shower, which honestly mostly felt like a time filler than anything else. But then true to Gaga form, the singer took to the piano and the real entertainment began. But if you were expecting Gaga to show her face once her opening performance was through, then you would have been disappointed. She chose to remain in the form of her guy counterpart for the duration of the show. If you ask me, it’s downright eerie how well Gaga can portray a man – the stance, the walk, the talk. It just further proves that she can do just about anything.
2. The show was left host-less.
Everyone knew MTV decided that there would be no host for the awards show this year, but it was still just so hard to believe. Could they really not find someone right for the job? Apparently not. At the beginning of the show, Kevin Hart explains how he wanted to be the host and thought he was going to be until the network told him (in the words of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Facebook page) Hell to the No. Hart was kind enough to share with the crowd just what he would have said if he had been the host joking about Lil Wayne’s skateboarding accident and saying STD jokes about Jersey Shore – only making us all thankful that he was in fact not given the host job.
3. Nicki Minaj’s fashion faux pas.
If Gaga’s meat dress last year was dinner, then Nicki’s was dessert. The cupcake necklace, cotton candy hair, and mirror ball dress – you could tell the singer was trying to be the next Lady Gaga with ground-breaking fashion trends, but it just doesn’t seem to work. Nice try girl, we still love you though.
Katy Perry almost set off some fireworks of her own last night when she and Kanye won Best Collaboration. While accepting their Moonman, Perry made a jab at her fellow artist saying “Now, this is a time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye.” She’s of course referencing when the rapper infamously cut into Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 VMAs. Was it funny? Of course. But it seemed like an odd moment for a roast, right in the middle of their joint victory. Perhaps Taylor put her up to it. Katy also made the mistake of thinking this was Kanye’s first Moonman, but he quickly corrected her saying that he already has one. Awkward all around.
5. Britney Spears rejects Gaga’s kiss.
Britney may have made out with Madonna, but she rebuked Gaga’s advances last night. After Lady Gaga presented Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (dressed as Jo Calderone of course), she tried to lean in for an intense lip-lock, but Britney awkwardly turned her head and declined the offer. Ouch. But Jo took the rejection like a man and joked, “I don’t want Gaga to get pissed.” Who knew Britney had developed such high make-out standards?
6. Chris Brown learns how to fly.
Chris Brown flew through the air with the greatest of ease. While Adele’s chops may be a cut above the rest of the night’s performances, Chris Brown proved that he’s got some mad skills of his own – dance skills. His routine was hands-down, the most exciting performance of the night – for me anyway. His dance moves were superb and he even flew above the crowd doing flips all while wearing a classy white tuxedo. The guy definitely has flaws and made some mistakes in the past, but you have to give him credit – last night he reminded everyone just how great of an entertainer he can be. His act was done like the pro that he is.
7. Jessie J sits on a throne all night.
Was anyone else a little confused why Jessie J was sitting on a white throne in front of everyone throughout the entire show? It seemed to be her job to transition and entertain viewers and the crowd itself during commercial breaks with renditions of a variety of songs including her "Price Tag" song, Katy Perry’s "Firework," and TLC’s "No Scrubs." It almost felt like she became the host in a way as she remained a constant presence on stage. I knew MTV would find a way to create a fake host to help ease things along.
8. Beyonce Announces She's Pregnant!
Sasha Fierce is about to be a mommy. The diva goddess announced she was pregnant to the press at the beginning of the show last night, but just in case anyone missed the news she really drove her point home during her performance number. At the beginning of her song she hinted about it into the mic saying “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me,” and then continued to wow us with her spectacular musical abilities. I swear, that girl knows how to work a fan no matter what song she’s singing. She then finished the song by throwing down the microphone, rubbing her belly, and nodding happily at the crowd. Jay-Z was shown off-stage grinning from ear to ear, already a proud Papa. It’s so cute how happy they are and this is going to definitely be one lucky baby. Just in case you missed it, check it out now!
9. Cloris Leachman wants Pauly D.
Cloris Leechman presented an award with the girls from Jersey Shore. Before announcing the nominees, she goes on to explain how much these two generations have in common: women her age don’t know who the Shore girls are, while everyone their age thinks she’s Betty White. After JWoww comments that she was so happy when she came to Italy to chill with them, Cloris responded saying, “Well, when you get a booty call from Pauly D, you answer it. You better believe I’m DTF.” Pauly D fist pumped in response. There’s only one word to sum all that up: eww.
The night’s emotional highlight came when Russell Brand took the stage to give an emotional speech about the late singer, calling her a genius. Jazz legend Tony Bennett also introduced footage he recorded with Winehouse last March for his Duets 2 album. Then Bruno Mars performed a rendition of her version of "Valerie," which seemed to lift up the entire audience and had them all singing along. It was a very moving moment and paid great respect to Winehouse’s contributions to the music industry.