VMA's: wild acts, celeb revelations bring record ratings to awards show
Another year, another MTV Video Music Awards, and it's safe to say that this one was completely out of control - in a good way. Lady Gaga's gender-bending opening act, Beyonce's pregnancy announcement and Katy Perry's predictably weird outfits made for quite the live television experience. Exciting performances by artists such as Chris Brown, Pitbull, Adele and Bruno Mars rounded out an entertaining and star-studded night of musical excess.
To begin the night, Joe Calderone, Lady Gaga's male alter-ego, gave a dark monologue about past flame Lady Gaga. Gaga was in full drag and remained in character all night, which was a little exhausting to watch, especially when she accepted her award of Best Female Video for "Born This Way" on behalf of herself. She delivered her opening performance of "You and I" well, but her embarrassing fall off the piano - and later, the glass of scotch from which she appeared to be drinking - sparked rumors that she was drunk during the show. Perhaps Calderone had a little drink to take the edge off.
Later in the evening, Beyonce's performance of new single "Love on Top" served a dual purpose: She not only wowed the crowd with her outstanding voice but also used the moment to announce the impending arrival of the her and husband Jay-Z's latest collaboration - their first child. Beyonce was looking a little fuller during the performance, and I mused to myself that she could be pregnant, but dismissed the thought until she opened her jacket, rubbed her belly and revealed she was wearing maternity pants.
As for the almost-kiss between Calderone/Gaga and Miz Britney Spears, it was quite anti-climactic. Lady Gaga, still dressed as Calderone, presented the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award to an emotional Spears after a choreographed tribute to Spears featuring videos from her first hit, "Baby One More Time," through her latest, "Til the World Ends." As Calderone and Spears edged closer to one another - à la Spears and Madonna at the 2003 VMAs - the sexual tension built between them. At the last second, Spears pulled away, but she warmly embraced her fellow pop diva after accepting her award.
Apart from these buzzworthy moments, the biggest winner of the evening was Perry, who won Best Collaboration for "E.T." with Kanye West as well as the coveted Video of the Year Moonman for "Firework." Other notable winners included Tyler the Creator for best new artist, Nicki Minaj for best hip-hop video - beating out Chris Brown and mentor Lil Wayne - and Justin Bieber for Best Male Video. Bieber accepted his award from longtime friend and newlywed Kim Kardashian. Who said these awards weren't pre-planned?
Thankfully, the 2011 VMAs delivered the appropriate amount of drama, glamour and quality live performances to talk about for the upcoming weeks. If you didn't watch it live, I highly recommend you try and catch it online - after garnering a record-setting 12.4 million viewers and generating countless entertainment news headlines, this year's awards were not to be missed.