The show was full of moments that appeared to make presenters, award recipients feel uncomfortable or they looked incredibly awkward. As I watched Just Bieber receive his award he thanked not only God but Jesus too. I know that Bieber is younger, but that moment made me think about Will Ferrell when he prays in the film Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, and he prays to the baby Jesus and tells his family they can pray to whatever for of Jesus they like.
In my second favorite moment of the evening Russell Brand walked on stage to pay tribute to one of his good friends, Amy Winehouse. Brand stated"When I first met her, she was a daft, dopey person. A little bit crazy." "But," he continued, "she was a genius. When a talent like Amy Winehouse comes along, it affects all of us." I have never seen this man heatfelt or genuine in real life, but in this moment I had felt like he had lost a friend and that it had hurt to talk about someone he cared about so much. Tony Bennett also paid tribute to and her brassy voice; he like Brand compared her to Billie Holliday, and Ella Fitzgerald, and highlighted their upcoming duet from his CD Duets II. To close out the the tribute Bruno Mars gave a great perfomance of Winhouse's "Valerie."
To close out the evening Katie Holmes; she is the big celebrity they got to announce video of the year, I wonder how much Tom Cruise paid to have that happen, presented the award to Katy Perry for Firework. Lil Wayne also closed out the show as his album was dropping soon after the award show was ending. After this mostly painful hour (I decided I would skip mention Chris Brown all together-waste of typing) I decided two things. I am 95% sure I will not be watching this award show next year, and I may be potentially past my MTV generation years.
Best new artist: Tyler, The Creator
Best male video: Justin Bieber, "U Smile"
Best female video: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
Best hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"
Best pop video: Britney Spears, "Till The World Ends"
Best rock video: Foo Fighters, "Walk"
Best video with a message: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
Best choreography: Beyonce, "Run The World (Girls)"
Best editing: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"
Best special effects: Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, "E.T."
Best cinematography: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"
Best art direction: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"
Best direction: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep