War Journal Post #002
Okay, let’s get right to it.
How many of y’all saw that debacle called The MTV Video Music Awards? Show of hands?
Oy vey. This was bad. I mean really bad. And the worst of the lot?
And for a really bad show, that’s sayin’ something. I mean, everybody, and I mean everybody was waiting for Brit to premiere her new single and this “one of a kind” performance. Well, it was a one-of-a-kind all right. It sucked to high heaven. Brit looked bored and/or totally out of it. She still had some of that baby fat (and that ain’t a bad thing) but when you come out in a teeny tiny studded bikini, you better be in shape. She was lip-syncing (oooo, big surprise there…) and her dancers seemed more enthused than she did. The faces in the crowd told the story. They looked like they were in agony.
Hell, even I felt sorry for the bitch.
Meanwhile, the show lumbered along with maybe two or three really standout performances. The two stellar performances were Chris Brown and Alicia Keys. What makes Brown’s performance more important is that we’ve come to expect Alicia to bring the heat. She has a track record. Chris, on the other hand, raised his game to an unseen level. He literally saved the damn show. The classic Michael Jackson dead-on impersonation, the Little Tramp homage, and straight killin it with a performance that will be repeated ad nauseum, the kid raised the level, the bar, and literally with one performance went from Boy to Man.
Alicia, on the other hand, did what Alicia does – make you remember that Britney, Beyonce, Ciara, and all the rest can’t fuck with her when she’s on point. Alicia premiered her new single, “No One” and then went into a killer rendition of “Freedom” that George Michael could only wish he ever did. By the time she was finished, the crowd had remembered that the VMA’s used to have perfomances like this on the regular and was glad at least one performer remembered that.
Meanwhile – the suites. Yeah, because MTV took over Vegas, they had certain acts in suites performing to mini parties. This is where this idea went south. You took your hottest acts and put them in suites. WTF? Oh, I’ll give you a list:
Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Linkin Park performed in the main club, JT with Timberland and Nelly Furtado, and Fall Out Boy. Some of those performances were better than the main stage. Kanye’s “Good Life” with T-Pain, Foo Fighters with Gnarls Barkley, Fall Out Boy with Rihanna (more on her later), JT and Timbo with Fiddy. All good. And JT, Timbo and Nelly closed the show with a decent performance that was cut short because of time.
Then there was the force called Rihanna. Ri-Ri nabbed the biggie of the night – Video Of The Year. She also put in work for Chris Brown’s performance, and then did “Shut Up And Dance” with Fall Out Boy. Ri-Ri was all over the place and you could see that she is definitely the new “face” for this generation and took the spotlight from Brit.
In a way.
Brit was the talk of the show, but not for the reasons she hoped. They felt bad for her. The kiss of death. Some other notes:
Timberland, who was the musical director of this year’s VMA’s, was against Brit opening the show. Guess who was walking around like he had the biggest dick in the room for the rest of the show?
Tommy Lee and Kid Rock got into a fight over Pamela Anderson during Alicia Keys’ performance. Pam, for all it was worth, seemed disgusted by the whole thing. I guess she finally grown up. She introduced Kanye and did the usual “I’m Pammy and I’m sexy” deal – no biggie.
Diddy introed the last performance with Dallas Austin, Nelly and Yung Joc. Diddy let everyone know where his party was and I bet he had a killer party – the one thing he knows how to do is throw a party.
Dr. Dre showed up for the Vanguard Award and to present the Video Of The Year award. The man looked like he’s been hittin’ the gym hard. Dre was brolic. Between him, Fiddy and Timberland, they looked like they could take out the room if they had to.
That’s it. The show sucked. Alicia and Chris saved what could be saved. Rihanna won damn near everything.