Welcome to Idolator’s third annual liveblog of MTV’s Video Music Awards, an annual tribute to the televisual representation of pop music that inspires waxing poetic about The Old Days and generalized bitching about the state of the channel’s programming alongside the occasional water-cooler-worthy music-related moment. Tonight we come to you from the basement of Radio City Music Hall, which was the venue for the inaugural occasion of Moonman-bestowing—hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd, in case you want to think about how far we’ve come— and which will, tonight, play host to performances by the likes of Jay-Z, Lady GaGa, Beyoncé, Pink, Taylor Swift (pictured), and Green Day, as well as a show-opening tribute to the late Michael Jackson undertaken by his younger sister Janet. Will I be able to handle this task while not on a couch? Find out after the jump!
7:45 p.m. 75 minutes to showtime, and I am (perhaps ill-advisedly) drinking some of the catering-provided coffee. The in-press-compound monitors are showing a Very Special VMA-Synergized America’s Next Best Dance Crew. JC Chasez got to judge a re-creation of the 1999 performance of ‘N Sync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart”! Aw.
7:46 p.m. I mentioned this on Twitter, but i will repeat the list of artists with charting singles right now who are not scheduled to perform tonight: Black Eyed Peas; Jay Sean (and his sidekick Lil Wayne); Miley Cyrus; Rihanna and Kanye West; Kings of Leon; Mariah Carey; Jason DeRulo; Drake; Keri Hilson; Shakira. (Dear Mariah Carey fans, please don’t get mad at me for pointing this out, OK?)
7:53 p.m. Sorta quiet in here—most of the other bloggers are still up by the red carpet. I don’t really follow ABDC, but it doesn’t really seem like one of those shows that you have to keep up with in order to “get.”
7:57 p.m. PRE-VMA QUIETISH PERIOD PSA: If you need a new password to log into comments, e-mail me at mauraATidolatorDOTcom and I’ll hook you up.
7:58 p.m. Oh boy, it’s the prelude to the pre-show! Can you taste the excitement! Does it taste like catering coffee or what!
8:00 p.m. The pre-show has begun, and with it comes a closeup of Lady GaGa’s outfit for the evening. She is wearing a hat that is attached to her head with feathers. It gives her a sort of delicate linebacker look.
8:01 p.m. BTW: I am wearing Top American Designer Michael Kors! Eh, you know, I don’t get out of the house much, so when I do I kind of have to step it up.
8:03 p.m. Billie Joe Armstrong continues his transformation into a miniature Robert Smith.
8:05 p.m. And the Internet invades the proceedings with the introduction of “Internet Celebrity” iJustine and the VMAs’ Twitter-circle. This Twitter experiment is much more sucessful than last time, no?
8:06 p.m. Kermit The Frog is accompanying Lady GaGa? Maybe they will duet on “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.”
8:10 p.m. Oh look, a football-themed “refresh” of that Pepsi ad. Not that this baseball season was anything that made me happy in any way, but I always get sorta sad at the encroachment of the gridiron, because it means that I’ll start having to count down to pitchers and catchers soon.
8:11 p.m. WAIT WHY IS A FIRE TRUCK PULLING UP OUTSI— oh, it’s just Pink. Well. Whew on that one, am I right?
8:13 p.m. So now GaGa is a phantom of the opera… who’s trying to infringe on Miss Piggy’s turf… and who has an accent that can only be described as coming from the Great Nation Of Madonnania. On the bright (?) side, her breasts have yet to catch on fire.
You might also like