Lady Gaga feathers

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MTV’s Video Music Awards are guaranteed to be a source of drama, delirium and disaster. The 2009 entry, dedicated to the late Michael Jackson, rang true on all accounts, thanks to the likes of Kanye, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

The good, the bad and the tacky

1. Kanye West has the maturity of a 4-year-old

The star rapper’s outburst during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech went beyond rude: he showed a national audience what a self-centered, hostile man he is. He’s guilty of not only bad judgment but also bad moral integrity with a side of vulgarity. Yes, we already know rappers are hardly role models. But honestly, who does Kanye think he is to take the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech? Does he really think the rest of the world cares about his pick for Best Female Video? FYI, Kanye, narcissism is not and never will be an attractive quality in a celebrity.

Within two hours of airing on TV, videos of Kanye’s vulgar outburst had popped up on YouTube. He tried to do damage control, of course. His blog update around 11 p.m. read:

“I’M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM.…………………… I’M IN THE WRONG FOR GOING ON STAGE AND TAKING AWAY FROM HER MOMENT!…………….. BEYONCE’S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FANS IF I LET YOU GUYS DOWN!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FRIENDS AT MTV. I WILL APOLOGIZE TO TAYLOR 2MRW. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!! EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!!! NO DISRESPECT BUT WE WATCHIN’ THE SHOW AT THE CRIB RIGHT NOW CAUSE … WELL YOU KNOW!!!! I’M STILL HAPPY FOR TAYLOR!!!! BOOOYAAAWWWW!!!! YOU ARE VERY VERY TALENTED!!! I GAVE MY AWARDS TO OUTKAST WHEN THEY DESERVED IT OVER ME… THAT’S WHAT IT IS!!!!!!! I’M NOT CRAZY YALL, I’M JUST REAL. SORRY FOR THAT!!! I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR TAYLOR AND I’M SINCERELY SORRY!!! MUCH RESPECT!!!!!”

Very sincere, Kanye.

Since the incident, West has issued a second, slightly more heartfelt apology to Swift. Swift, a fresh performer with many younger fans, will likely accept West’s apology. It will certainly be more than he deserves.

2. Lady Gaga has the same wardrobe and friends circle as a 4-year-old

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga. Her “Fame” in the past year has become obnoxiously difficult to avoid on the airwaves and in magazines. However, I applaud her for bringing Kermit the Frog as her date to Sunday night’s award show. Why not? One of the most likeable things about Lady Gaga is that she is unafraid to be different: She’s made a name for herself by dressing brazenly. Most of her songs are about sex. And together, these elements have emboldened her with the freedom to act as she wants without being criticized.

Kermit the Frog reminds me of my childhood. If you say you didn’t watch “Muppet Babies” as a kid, you’re lying. Or deprived. So, go you, Lady Gaga, for bringing back Kermit. It’s a nice reminder of our youth. (That it comes from a singer whose first hit was about drinking herself into amnesia at a club… well, we’ll just let that irony slide).

Lady Gaga blood

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A lot of people like the way Lady Gaga dresses. And that’s cool.  Her outrageous outfits give the public something to talk about – much like Britney’s dominant stripper wardrobe at the beginning of the decade – but they also lack something fundamental that even performers should strive for: taste. The whiplash blood streak she decorated herself with during her performance of “Poker Face”/ “Paparazzi”? This isn’t a film shoot of an M. Night Shymalan movie. The feathery facemask? Phantom of the Opera came out five years ago. At the very least, her black arrival gown decked with sparkles, feathers, and velvet should’ve come with a sign reading “No Peacocks Were Harmed in the Making of this Dress.”

Hits

  • Madonna’s moving tribute to Michael Jackson
  • The entire Michael Jackson intro, complete with dancers acting out “Thriller” and culminating in Janet’s recreation of “Scream”
  • Beyonce’s classy response to Kanye insulting Taylor
  • Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sharing the stage
  • Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner: you can see how much more comfortable Pattinson and Steward have become with their fame. Also, Stewart’s cropped black hair (adapted for a Joan Jett biopic) is a nice change.
  • The “New Moon” trailer: evidently, this sequel will have the exhilaration, special effects, and bolder cast that the melodramatic “Twilight” lacked
  • Tracy Morgan and Eminem’s comedic shorts
  • Taylor Swift’s subway performance, coming minutes after Kanye’s diss. She kept her cool and proved why she deserved her award.
  • Finally, an awards show where Miley Cyrus was hardly anywhere to be seen.

Misses

  • Russell Brand’s hosting: now that it’s the British comedian’s second time around with this gig, what was shocking and water cooler-worthy last year came off as dry and unfunny this year.
  • Shakira and Pink showing up in the same dress.
  • Katy Perry’s stale rendition of “We Will Rock You” – the girl has pipes, but this song would’ve been better suited for someone who could’ve given it an interesting twist
  • Tracy Morgan and Eminem’s comedic shorts
  • Lady Gaga winning Best New Artist. Lady Gaga has dominated the charts for the past year; she’s hardly “new.” This award should shine some light on less popular artists.
  • Britney Spears accepting her Best Pop Video award via video. Sure, we know she’s on tour, but for a former pop queen supposedly in the middle of a comeback year, it would’ve been nice to see her in person.

-Sonya Chudgar