The VMAs felt short this year and I am not complaining.
I don’t know if it was the move to a cavernous arena in Los Angeles, an off-night (so I’m told) for host Kevin Hart, a lackluster crop of nominees or what, but I’ve watched every VMA show since MTV played videos and this one will be forgotten as soon as I finish typing this post.
You can check out my other posts to see what you might have missed during the show, but for a final wrap-up, Alicia Keys, another member of the Who Needs Hair Club, performed her new song “Girl on Fire” for the first time. Keys stood behind an electric piano, a clopping beat pushing the song along as she sang its big, anthemic chorus – though was surprisingly off-key through patches of the tune.
Taking over for Lady Gaga in the spotlight-hogging department, Nicki Minaj popped out to provide a mid-song rap, while Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas was also called out onstage by Keys (why not the rest of the girls, who were just there to introduce the performance with Douglas?).
Since these awards are meaningless, it only matters for the sake of curiosity that Rihanna’s “We Found Love” won the big award of the night, video of the year (fellow nominee, and seatmate, Katy Perry blew Rihanna a kiss as she headed onstage).
The mercifully brief show wrapped with Taylor Swift performing her latest ex-boyfriend screed, the super-catchy “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Swift isn’t well-regarded as a live singer, but she handled the lead on the shout-along fist-pumper with spunk and seemed to enjoy herself as she even crowd-surfed at song’s end.
So the 2012 VMAs are in the books. Did you have a favorite performance? Take our poll or let me know in the comments below.
And check out our gallery from tonight’s show.