Kicking off with the always-entertaining Lady Gaga, the rest of the show saw performances from Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Adele, Bruno Mars, a Britney Spears tribute, an Amy Winehouse tribute featuring Tony Bennett, and the not-so surprise appearance by rap’s reigning kings, Kanye West and Jay-Z. As always, we’ve got all the coverage for you below, complete with every dazzling musical spectacular and massive disappointment. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the grand old time. Because, in all honesty, the human race has been through a lot worse lately.
Lady Gaga – “You and I”
Proving that she makes a dynamite woman and an awe-inspiring man, Lady Gaga brought out her Jo Calderone alter-ego for this revival-esque performance. Oh, and Queen’s Brian May was there, too.
In a night filled with transvestite divas, Tyler, the Creator’s feel good message of DIY, and the announcement of the second coming of the Messiah, Adele’s “Someone Like You” highlighted the power a bare-bones, booming performance can have in netting people’s attention. Simple is not a bad word, pop music.
Beyoncé – “Love On Top”
To proud mama-to-be takes the stage with the swagger of a lioness and belts out this Etta James-inspired cut from 4. Not even the shot of Katy Perry dancing in that stupid hat cant take away from the vocal prowess Queen B demonstrates.
As if people weren’t already going to go out and download Tha Carter IV in throngs, Lil Wayne closed out this year’s VMAs on a romantic note with “How To Love”. Sans YMCMB cronies, Weezy attempted to command an entire audience with just his vocals and a rare sunglass-less gaze. Of course, with love clearly being a dead concept, Tunechi ended his slot by going shirt-less, sampling Black Sabbath, and cursing up a storm in a bleep-heavy version of “John”. Sadly, Weezy’s offering ended just like most year’s festivities do: with most of the world glad these awards only go down twice a year.