Another year, another MTV VMAs in the can, and as per usual, music’s biggest night boasted its fair share of oh-no-they-didn’t moments. While Miley kept her fingers (foam or otherwise) to herself, there were still plenty of shockers that had us doing a double-take.
Here’s a closer look at why our necks are so sore this morning.
1. Katy does Britney
What was more unexpected: The fact that Katy Perry is still hanging out with scuzzy, platinum-toothed rapper Riff Raff or that the duo decided to dress up like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001? While we could take or leave Riff Raff, their homage to denim might just have been our favourite thing on the red carpet.
2. Please, Nicki Minaj ain’t got time for no zipper
Although it felt like Nicki Minaj performed about a hundred times last night, one appearance really — er, popped. Following her performance of “Anaconda” at the top of the show, she resurfaced to join Ariana Grande and Jesse J to perform their hit “Bang Bang.” Unfortunately, Nicki didn’t have enough time to change costumes and came out half undressed, clutching her LBD so her boobs wouldn’t pop out. Props to Nicki for, um, holding it together.
3. That’s Mrs. Kim Kardashian-West to you. (But not you, Sam Smith.)
You can learn a lot about a person at the VMAs. Take Kim K., for example: 1. It’s Mrs. Kardashian-West now. 2. Kim and Sam Smith are really good friends, guys. 3. Also, her breasts defy gravity. Discuss.
4. Well, that was awkward
Oh, Jay, Jay, Jay (Pharoah) We love you on SNL. We did not love you at the VMAs. Neither did the Kardashians. Stick to your
day night job, sir.
5. Pharrell. Won. Nothing.
Riddle us this: How is it possible that Pharrell Williams has had the biggest song of the year in “Happy,” complete with Weird Al paraody, and he didn’t win a single thing? Not “Best Male Video,” not “Pop Video,” not “Video of the Year.” Nada. Zilch. Zip. We’re guessing he’s not so happy now.
6. Why hello there, Big Sean
It’s official: The backstage spy cam was the best thing to happen to the VMAs since Kanye West. After all, without it, we never would have spied a young Ariana Grande holding hands with former song collaborator and apparently new boyfriend, rapper Big Sean. Scandal!
7. Miley stayed off stage
When it came to the biggest award of the night, “Video of the Year,” the moon man went to Miley Cyrus for her pants-less, Terry Richardson-directed video “Wrecking Ball.” While we certainly didn’t see that coming, the bigger shocker was that a young homeless man named Jesse accepted the award on her behalf, drawing much needed attention to runaway and homeless youth. We’ll take that over foam fingers any day, Miley. Bravo.
8. Hold on, that was the Robin Williams tribute?
A touch brief, no?
9. Over here, Lorde
It’s hard to rag on young Lorde, because she’s awesome. But after winning the award for ‘Best Rock Video’ last night, she somehow managed to give her acceptance speech to a camera on the side of the stage instead of the main one that everyone else was speaking into. She was really confused. We were really, really confused.
10. Surprise: This is really a Beyonce concert!
Bey ran through a sweet medley of her latest album before she was presented the Video Vanguard Award by her husband, Jay Z, and daughter, Blue Ivy. And you didn’t even have to shell out $150 bucks! Baby Blue was way into it and so were we.
The royal couple of music would like you to know that everything is fine. Beyonce sweats and cries real tears like the rest of us, and Jay’s 99 problems have nothing to do with his Video Vanguard-winning wife. We good?