Music’s most unpredictable night lived up to its expectations as Lady Gaga dressed up as Lady Ga-guy, her male alter ego Jo Calderone and opened the show with ‘You And I‘ with a little help from Queen guitarist Brian May, and accepted the award for Best Female Video for ‘Born This Way‘, Britney Spears was handed over the Video Vanguard Award at the mighty age of 29, by none other than a very horned up Jo Calderone (Gaga) who leaned in for a smooch, while Britney laughed off his/her advances (and this is the same Britney who landed in a wet one with Madonna and Rihanna), while Beyoncé stole everyone’s thunder by announcing her pregnancy, along with delivering a stunning performance of her song ‘Love On Top‘ showing off her baby-bump during which she declared, “I want you to feel the love growing inside of me”, at LA’s Nokia Theatre on Sunday August 28, 2011.
Adele and Katy Perry were the big winners of the night with Adele winning 4 and Katy Perry winning 3 Moon-men. Surprisingly, Adele was sidelined from the main categories, she won all 4 of her awards in the technical categories. Perry’s ‘Firework‘ won Video Of The Year, Best Special Effects and Best Collaboration for ‘E.T‘ with Kanye West.
“Now this is the time when you wanna interrupt me Kanye,” Perry joked, referring to the rapper’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech two years ago. West laughed and simply thanked “Katy Perry for being so brave for letting me on her record.”
Britney Spears added on to her collection of Moon-men with Best Pop Video for ‘Till The World Ends‘ and The Video Vanguard Award, while Nicki Minaj, who looked like a toy store had collapsed on her, fended off major heavyweights of the hip-hop world including Lil’ Wayne to take home the Best Hip-Hop Video for ‘Supebass‘.
Adele’s stunning rendition of ‘Someone Like You‘ brought in a touch of class, while the much touted Amy Winehouse tribute turned out to be a bit of a damper by Bruno Mars and Tony Bennett. Adele and Gaga would have been perfect for the tribute.
Here’s the complete list of winners at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards :
Pop Music Video: Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends.”
Rock video: Foo Fighters, “Walk.”
Hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass.”
Collaboration: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Male video: Justin Bieber, “U Smile.”
Female video: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”
Video with a message: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”
Choreography: Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls).”
Editing: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Special effects: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Cinematography: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Art direction: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Direction: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Best new artist: Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers.”
Video of the year: Katy Perry, “Firework.”
(Photos from Billboard.com)