Billed as one of the most memorable awards show, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards show was largely unforgettable.
I had high hopes for host Chelsea Handler, but her jokes and delivery fell flat. The best part of her shtick was finally seeing actress Lindsey Lohan fess up to at least one of her vices. During the opening skit, Lohan confronts Handler about the comedian’s alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet going off.
“Wake up Handler, pull it together,” said Lohan. “You are a mess. Do you think anyone wants to work with a drunk? Take it from me, they don’t.”
Shortly after watching Usher’s performance, I bailed on the VMAs, deciding I’d rather watch them on DVR this morning so that I could sift through the trash. He didn’t even bother to lip sync during a performance that was better suited for So You Think You Can Dance. And the operative word here is think you can dance.
On the other hand, indie band Florence & the Machines killed it with “Dog Days Are Over.”
I also enjoyed Eminem’s opening act. The rapper performed “Not Afraid,” which won for best male video and hip-hop video, and was then joined by Rihanna for “Love the Way You Lie.”
Lady Gaga, who entered the night with the most nominations (13), also took home the most awards with eight wins. While accepting her Moon Man trophy for video of the year, Gaga revealed the name of her new record.
“It’s called Born This Way,” said Gaga, who then belted out a lyric. “I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way.”
30 Seconds to Mars picked up best rock video for “Kings and Queens,” beating out Florence & the Machine, Muse, MGMT and Paramore.
Paramore’s Hayley Williams teamed with B.o.B. for “Airplanes” and then joined the rest of her band for “Only Exception.” Watch it below.