If you were expecting something controversial to happen at this year’s Video Music Awards, you didn’t get it, thankfully. But there were some decent performances, and that nagging feeling that we were all too old to be watching the show. Though at times it did feel like a really long opening act for Beyonce, the night also belonged to Nicki Minaj and asses. So congrats, MTV, you put together something great. Let’s try to do this again next year!
The show was opened by Ariana Grande performing her new single, “Break Free.” Grande has a great voice, but it would be better if I could understand what she was singing about. Nicki got to perform “Anaconda“ solo, and it seemed that after one of her dancers got bitten they abandoned the snake all together. The two were joined by Jessie J for “Bang Bang,” a song I like, actually. Nicki had an odd wardrobe malfunction, but managed to keep her dress on for the duration of the performance.
Nicki also helped Usher out during his performance of “She Came To Give It To You.” Ursh is always reliable as a performer, but we do wish he’d put out another “Yeah“ for us to properly bounce to.
Taking a break from all the booty, Sam Smith provided an emotional moment with his rendition of “Stay.” He’s not my cup of tea, but he does have a great voice. Apparently, he’s BFFs with Kim Kardashian. Who knew?!
Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox and Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ being super fabulous as they presented an award.
Rapper Common took a moment to talk about the recent uprising and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.You had to wonder if some of the folks there really cared, but I can appreciate the moment of silence.
Jimmy Fallon, who should have hosted, came out to Rae Sremmurd‘s “No Flex Zone.” Seriously, go listen to the song, it’s so great and so stupid. He instituted the “Hug Cam” and “High-Five Cam” which is the feel-good silliness that we’ve come to expect from him.
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for. Without introduction, Queen Bey performed the entirety of her self-titled visual album. “Haunted“ and “Partion“ were especially great, but she brought us all to tears with “Blue,” which features and is dedicated to her adorable daughter. Blue Ivy sat in the audience with dad Jay Z and auntie Kelly Rowland dancing and clapping along to her mom’s performance.
Then Beyonce received the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” from her family, and held back tears as she thanked them and her fans.
If her performance didn’t give you life, then you’re dead. That’s it. Case closed!