I skipped Breaking Bad in favor of the 2013 VMAs, the holiest of holidays here on Mad Betty. This year’s roster had more star power and musicians I care about than VMAs of recent years. (But Breaking Bad recaps will resume tomorrow!)
The strongest act of the night was Lady Gaga’s show opener. Multiple costume changes and a proficient dance troupe made it feel like a Broadway performance. But had the production been smaller scale, it still would have outshone the others, as Gaga escaped the pitchiness that hurt most of the performances. Her look did not disappoint, either. Each costume was wacky and weird, which we’ve come to expect.
Here’s a little reminder of Gaga at previous VMAs:
Miley Cyrus also had some wacko looks, although the effect was less than pleasing. I’m sorry, I can’t stand her. I hate her tongue constantly hanging out of her mouth, I hate her twerking all over the place, and I hate her style. Robin Thicke was so painfully off-key, that I’d consider the collaboration the worst performance of the night. He rocked that Beetlejuice suit though.
Kanye West did a sad autotuned number in silhouette. It’s been speculated that his permanent grill causes him great embarrassment, which is why he never smiles or speaks in public. I don’t know if that’s true, but we didn’t see much of the new dad last night.
The most hyped performance of the evening came from Vanguard Award and Video of the Year award winner Justin Timberlake. His ten song medley stretched on for 15 minutes, most of which he danced through. The anticipated N’SYNC reunion was short and sweet, with JC Chasez clearly enjoying himself a bit too much.
Other highlights included a touching performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis after they won awards for Best Hip Hop Video and Best Video featuring a Social Message. Bruno Mars took home Best Male Video and sang his new single Gorilla. I love that song and desperately hope it’s not overplayed; I didn’t really want it to become a single. Katy Perry closed the show with her new hit Roar. Her boxing themed performance was perfect for the powerful anthem and it took place at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn was the real star of the evening, with mentions about every three seconds.
It seems MTV has abandoned the use of a host, which has tightened up the format, cutting an hour off the show’s normal length. Lousy comedian Kevin Hart was on standby to fill gaps and I do wish they’d bring in a stronger comedian for that purpose. May I suggest bringing back Arsenio Hall?