The speed at which that story by The Onion savagely ridiculing CNN dot com's decision to put the "news" of Miley Cyrus' VMA performance on its front page yesterday was astounding. It filled Facebook and Twitter feeds--currently sitting at an astounding 243.5k FB likes and 13.4k Tweets. (Even more astounding: 1.7k people have shared the story on Google +) The Onion spoof is a story people want others to see, because it's a story that directly reflects their outrage about real news being swept under the rug in favor of salacious dreck. Now, some enterprising someone has created a similarly minded Tumblr, "Miley Twerking On Things We Should Talk About." Take a look at it.
Just before Miley destroyed the world by dancing lasciviously with sad bears, the stars of Sunday's VMAs trotted their fit and happy haunches down the red carpet in front of a thirsty press corps eager to ask them who they were wearing and snap pics of them posing. Nothing too special, we suppose, considering the red carpet is a time honored tradition of ass kissery that started long ago and will go on until the sun goes dark. Buuuut this red carpet took place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, up Sixth Ave and rounding the corner at Dean St., a relatively quiet block (save for the NYFD testing their Jaws of Life a couple times each day) with friendly long-time neighbors and a trusty corner bodega, Dubai Mini Mart, which made for some very special moments. Like this: Dubai Mini Mart is selling a strip of the VMA red carpet that hosted Snooki, Sway, Taylor Swift, One Direction and the rest of God's Most Perfect Angels on eBay. It can be yours for the measly "Buy It Now" price of $5,000.
This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, but when outside sources are left with the task of looking back, it's lead to some pretty unfair and harsh judgments. Sunday's show marks 15 years since the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, a VMAs which has come to be frequently ranked among the worst ever broadcast. I disagree. In fact, 1998 was a pretty important turning-point for the show that helped continue to build a VMAs legacy that continues today.
2013 MTV Video Vanguard Recipient Justin Timberlake
This Sunday is the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The 30th installment of the annual anything-goes award show, this year's festivities are, for the first time, broadcasting live from Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Also historic is the brand new KAWS-created redesign of the iconic Moonman. Unlike last year, where some of the show's thunder was stolen by running opposite the Democratic National Convention and President Obama's speech, MTV seems to know that all eyes will be on it this year and have stacked the show from top-to-bottom. So, for those of you who are thinking of tuning in because you've finally outgrown those "MTV doesn't play videos" jokes, here's our rundown for what'll be going down Sunday night.
Has the live-blog been obliterated by Twitter? Let's find out on MTV's biggest night of the year, the Video Music Awards, which this year will feature Taylor Swift (in business casual on the double-decker red carpet right now), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Green Day, among others, as well as honors to various clips designed to big-up the biggest pop tracks of the year.
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the cable channel's annual paean to musically borne decadence and its own self-storied past. Tonight's roster of performers includes Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Pitbull, and Young the Giant, as well as a "surprise" performance by Jay-Z and Kanye West, a tribute to Britney Spears (not dead and celebrating the 10th anniversary of her dancing uncomfortably with a snake), an homage to Amy Winehouse (R.I.P.), and the looming possibility that Tyler, The Creator will crap himself onstage. The blogging starts below.
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
Would you look at all that postmodernism?
For a multimillion-dollar event orchestrated with the dictatorial hand of all awards shows, there's always been a certain thrilling seat-of-the-pants quality to the Video Music Awards at its best. Maybe it's just the amount of big (and often liquored up) egos in one room, and the potential that one of them might do or say something dumb or funny or unexpected. But even with producers attempting to control every micro-second of the broadcast, viewers at least get the sense that anything might happen, even if 99 percent of the time nothing outlandish (or even very entertaining) usually takes place.
Most of the WTF watercooler moments from past VMAs seem plenty corny in retrospect. (Fiona Apple's mildly profane acceptance speech in 1997, for instance.) Occasionally, though, things get away from the producers to such a degree that clips from the shows can produce a feeling of avert-your-eyes queasiness years later. (Pretty much the entirety of the apocalyptically awful 2007 installment.)
But there's also another kind of awkwardness, the sort that comes with watching a show forced to reinvent itself from year to year; the whole thing can fall flat on its face for reasons that have nothing to do with drugged-out performers or presenters who go off-message. Like every company that attempts to stay on top of the fickle tastes of teenagers and act as both taste-maker and taste-agglomerator, MTV is in a constant race to keep up with the pubescent Joneses. And so, you rarely get more than two VMAs in a row that look or feel much alike.
Last night MTV announced the nominees for this year's installment of their annual pseudo-event extravaganza, the 2011 Video Music Awards, and once again, the nominees for Video Of The Year have three pop picks ("Rolling In The Deep," "Firework," "Grenade"), one sop to the olds in the crowd who still like to trot out the hoary, "LOL MTV, they should just call it 'TV'" argument (the Beastie Boys' "Make Some Noise"), and one pick designed to tickle the fancy of those people who like to chatter on the internet about pop music and its trappingsTyler, The Creator's "Yonkers," which also got a Best New Artist nod but which didn't get nominated in any other categories. (You'd think the oft-put-upon MC would be peevish about not being up for Best Director, but I guess his butt got sufficiently kissed by his being up for the Big Moonman. He really wants it, you guys!) Anyway this is all pretty much a rerun of 2007, when the narrative suggested by the nominations was setting up an all-Kanye extravaganza in Las Vegas (he sampled Best New Artist nominee Peter Bjorn & John and got pissed at fellow Video Of The Year nominee Justice for beating him at MTV's European award-show arm) but then Britney And Her Bad Weave happened and that was out the door.
Anyway, consider yourself warned for the 9,356 thinkpieces and threats of MTV boycott and Twitter-arguments that will ensue between now and the VMA telecast on Aug. 28. Full slate of nominees below.