Young Money’s Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and more united last night (September 6) at the annual Video Music Awards with memorable attire, performances and awards.
Tensions initially flared when host Kevin Hart attempted to patch up the perceived feud between Drake and Chris Brown during the show’s introduction.
Host Kevin Hart, who promised no one would be spared his comedic barbs, opened up old wounds between Brown and Drake in his opening monologue, spoofing the two for the bar brawl that took place between their entourages in June. Drake and friends Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sat stone-faced as Hart joked: “Nip it in the bud, guys. I’m tired of it. Fix it tonight.” (Huffington Post)
Despite the uneasy beginning, a handful of Young Money artists went home with trophies.
Chris Brown pulled off something of an upset in the best male video category. Rihanna’s former boyfriend won for his self-directed video “Turn Up The Music.” Drake won best hip-hop video for “HYFR,” which featured Lil Wayne. Minaj, dressed in a skintight full-body outfit, won best female video for “Starships.” Coldplay took best rock video for “Paradise.” And Calvin Harris – the show’s house DJ who’s featured on “We Found Love”_ won the first best electronic dance music award for “Feel So Close.” Beyonce, Perry, Skrillex and Demi Lovato won awards not televised on the show. (Huffington Post)
Singer Frank Ocean left fans with a memorable live performance of his “Thinkin’ Bout You” smash.
Ocean’s words seemed to disappear in the pauses between the softly strummed acoustic guitar, and credit MTV for playing to Ocean’s strengths. As much as his debut, “Channel Orange,” experiments with electronics, this is old-school soul music with just a nip of a modern sheen. The setting was that of a backyard fire, although the giant, “Lost”-like crystals obscured any sense of time and place. No matter, as the closeups were all on Ocean, and as he shifted from graceful singing to wavering falsetto, it was never less than riveting. (Los Angeles Times)
Grammy-winning singer Rihanna also came through with her own live set.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards featured performances from Green Day, Taylor Swift, Pink, Frank Ocean and Rihanna (winner of Video of the Year); it also hosted appearances from the U.S. Women’s Olympic gymnastics team and the cast of “Twilight” (minus Kristen Stewart). But the show was stolen by actress Rebel Wilson, who wore a blouse with a naughty picture of an unwaxed bikini-clad body. (Wall Street Journal)
The night also served as an opportunity for fashion bloggers to applaud and critique select artists.
It’s clear that rapper 2 Chainz has yet to go through a proper media training session. As if the bedazzled/shimmering everything that he wore for his first VMA appearance wasn’t tacky enough, when asked during a red carpet interview about his outfit, the rapper quickly replied: “I’m wearing a car.” This was in reference to how much the designer leather jacket, pants, hat and overload of gold chains and diamond bracelets that he was wearing cost. Oh, the silly things people do and say when they’ve got new money. (Washington Post)