I have been bad with my blog this month, between starting a new job, getting to meet and hang out with new people, being bad about keeping touch with friends etc...this has suffered. One of the things I have thought about is how much pop culture I consume (not just film) so I want to make sure I start to cover things that are a part of the different avenues, specifically more music and television. So what better way to move in this direction than to discuss something that involves music television.
While I was on a work retreat, I came back to find that MTV had announced their Video Music Award (VMA) nominations. This has become a yearly tradition for this network since the year I was born 1984. During the eighties into even the very 2000s MTV actually played music videos on a consistent basis. Since the cancellation of Total Request Live and the inception of more shows like Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, True Life, endless dating shows etc. MTV has not played music videos much anymore. The only time you can see them is very early in the morning. I hate what this network has become. this network was once the pioneer for launching great music careers, now it launches the career of "celebrities" like Snookie from the Jersey Shore. The VMAs helped launch Madonna, and many other artists to great careers. My rant against MTV could go on forever, like the fact that they control the programming for LOGO (the LGBT channel) and the programming is awful, but I want to focus a little more on the nominations today.
Here is a list of all the nominees (from Perez Hilton) Katy Perry had the most nominations; she is is not the best singer, but this year her videos went above and beyond most, and she deserves many nominations. I think that Firework is one of my favorite videos because it just has a wonderful message. The problem is I since these music videos are on I have to search for them, and predicting the winners or even picking a favorite is difficult.