The 2009 MTV VMAs started out with complete class as Madonna delivered a genuine and heartfelt tribute speech to Michael Jackson, followed by a video montage of some of the King of Pop’s best videos.
Dancers onstage mimicked his famous choreography for “Thriller,” “Bad,” and “Smooth Criminal,” prior to Janet Jackson breaking through a safety glass screen to recreate the “Scream” dance-off with her brother.
From there, it didn’t take long for the show to take a total dive. First up, let me say that in no way do I get the appeal of host Russell Brand. His screaming grated on my nerves, and I can’t believe that MTV couldn’t secure a better host.
But let’s move on…I’d like to congratulate a very shocked Taylor Swift for winning Best Female video, but first I need to congratulate Kanye West for being an absolute jacka**.
Swift had barely begun her acceptance speech, saying, “I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me the chance to win a VMA award,” when up popped Kanye West. West grabbed her mic and shouted, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’m a let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
Really Kanye? One of the best videos of all time? A song with, I’ll give you a catchy female empowerment hook, but a video that features Beyonce and sidekicks in black leotards shaking their stuff for three and a half minutes against a white or grey screen is the BEST of all time? Yes, she’s got a rocking body, she can sing, she can dance and yes, I liked the video. But the best video of all time? Please! Cause, I’m pretty sure five minutes earlier we saw some of the greatest videos of all time, and regardless of whether you like Swift or not, shut your pie hole Kanye. You are not the judge and jury and your opinion doesn’t mean squat, and you ruined a young woman’s night because of your senseless actions!
Here’s Kanye with one of Fender’s favorite artists, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz….maybe the Hennessy was to blame?
Beyonce did go on to win Best Video of the Year for “Single Ladies” and graciously tried to make up for Kanye’s faux pas.
“I remember being 17-years old, up for my first MTV awards for Destiny Child and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life, so I’d like for Taylor to come out and have her moment,“ said Beyonce.
Moving past the drama of the evening, applause to Green Day for picking up the Best Rock Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction for “21 Guns.” So congrats to our Fender artist and Green Day’s bassist Mike Dirnt. Green Day also performed “East Jesus Nowhere.”