Last year, Adele astonished the VMA audience with a moody, meditative performance of “Someone Like You” that dispensed with the electronics and pyrotechnics and presented the star as a classic torch song crooner. She sang over a piano, and that was it. It was moving, it was accomplished, and it was brave.
This year, Frank Ocean pulled off something similar, sitting in front of a bonfire as a single guitarist quietly picked out arpeggios. The young R&B star who this summer announced that his first love had been a man. , seemingly lost in thought, delivered a fragile version of “Thinkin’ Bout You,” a stream-of-consciousness confession from “Channel Orange,” his consistently intriguing new album. Ocean can toggle between a falsetto as wispy as smoke and a full voice firm as a handshake, and he did so at the VMAs, furthering his reputation as one of the most impeccable singers in contemporary R&B.
This Thursday the VMAs handed out just six awards in two hours. (More were announced online.) The members of the love triangle of Rihanna, Chris Brown and Drake all won: Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris) was video of the year; Mr. Brown’s “Turn Up the Music” was best male video; Drake’s “HYFR” (featuring Lil Wayne) was best hip-hop video. Drake’s label mate Nicki Minaj won best female video for “Starships.”
Broadcast live on MTV last Thursday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the MTV Video Music Awards are now in their 29th year, making them older than an overwhelming majority of the latest winners.
Rihanna looked like a true star in a backless sleek white dress rocking a short hair do. She showed up solo, but looking fierce as ever. Favorite look of the night hands down!
Is it just me or is Alicia Keys looking more edgier lately? Could it be a case of new album, new look? But she looked fabulous. Alicia wore a Alexandre Vauthier dress and had matched her dress with Gucci shoes and Lynn Ban and Repossi jewelry. She later performed her new song, Girl On Fire wearing a pewter-colored top and black form-fitting tights. She featured my least favorite person right now in the performance, Nicki Minaj. In a surprise twist, the stage lights darkened and a spotlight in the crowd shined on the Pink Friday MC who rapped a story about the ghost of Marilyn Monroe while wearing a curly blond yellow and pink wig. “Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me, audibly/ Ballin’ she/ Said that she would never leave/ Continue to torture me,” she rhymed.
The Young Money rapper continued to link bars with her head down before her final line brought everything full circle. “And I got ’em aggy because I win the gold like Gabby,” Gabby Douglas took to the stage doing an array of flips and cartwheels.
Alicia then marched center stage belting out her latest girl anthem while pumping her fists. With her last note, Keys arched her back, dipped her head back while striking a pose singing into the air, without any interruption from Lil Mama.
Nicki Minaj is just too much. I can’t deal (full stop)
Like Beyonce at the 2011 VMAs, Amber Rose used the VMA 2012 red carpet to reveal her baby bump in all its glory. Because in case you missed it, Amber Rose is pregnant!
Rose, who is engaged to rapper Wiz Khalifa, had been the subject of pregnancy rumors for several days. But with her VMA fashion choice, a form fitting lace dress, the model announced the news to the world. And she did it in style. I am pleased to report that Amber swapped out her stranger styles (camo jumpsuit, anyone?) for ONE of the most tasteful red carpet maternity looks I have ever seen.
Congrats to the proud mom-to-be on both her bun in the oven and her awesome red carpet fashion!
Taylor Swift was the same old boring Taylor Swift in a white two piece suit from J. Mendel. She closed the show with a very Taylor Swift performance. And just as she started her performance. The awards ended for me.
And that was the show folks!