Another Year, Another Dud: 2017 MTV VMAs Recap
Over the past couple of years, the VMAs have not been as good as they used to be. I remember in my adolescent years being so anxious and excited to see the performances, fashion, and all the celebrities. One of my wishes growing up was to go to the VMAs and slay the scene. Now, that excitement is gone and continues to decline each year. This year, for sure, was not the best MTV could give to viewers and the audience that was there. There were some good moments but also some really boring ones. Let me just get you into the night.
Katy Perry as a Host
Having a great host that will make the night worthwhile and worth watching is essential to awards shows. Unfortunately, Katy Perry did not make the night fun. She didn’t engage or have funny punchlines. Her cut-scenes were wack and her outfits were not cute. Most of all, her “back to earth” theme wasn’t executed good enough for it to make sense. I just could not get with her hosting. MTV, y’all could have asked ANYBODY else in the world to host besides Katy Perry. The night would have been better.
Taylor Swift’s Video Premiere
Since Friday, the Internet gassed up the premiere of Taylor Swift’s video for her new song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” I may not care for the girl or like the song, but I give her credit when it’s due. But not this time. Taylor Swift has had better hits than the mess she calls “Look What You Made Me Do.” The video was four minutes of her attempting to throw shade. In one part of the video, she crashes into a pole and her car is damaged, but her Grammy goes unarmed through the whole thing. Basically, she was saying to her haters, “I may crash and burn but I still got Grammys, bitch.” At the end of the video, a bunch of Taylor Swifts are seen on a stage. Each of them take shots at the criticism she has received over the years. For example, one of the Taylors has a snake in her hand and says, “Getting receipts,” which is a clear jab and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Taylor, if you think for one second this video and song is a proper diss track, you are so wrong. Baby, you are too late. Try again!
Kendrick Lamar opened the night with a performance of his hit single “D.N.A.” As always, Kendrick brought the heat and made a statement. What stood out about the performance is the beginning when the narrator talks about police brutality. With how times are now, it is so imperative for celebrities to make their stance on racism. I will forever be a Kendrick Lamar fan because he isn’t afraid to use his platform to talk about it.
Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Shawn Mendes, and Miley Cyrus’ performances were solid, but I could have done without them. Their song choice just didn’t fit in with the rest of the performances of the night.
I was legit confused through Lorde’s whole performance Why? SHE DIDN’T SING. Everyone else sang except her. She literally got on stage and danced to her own song. Baby, you could have gotten someone else to do that. I did see she tweeted that she was battling the flu, so I commend her for still putting on getting up there and still doing something.
Fifth Harmony SLAYED my life with their performance, you hear me? They threw a little shade at Camila Cabello at the beginning, as a way to say their final goodbye to her being a part of the group. I loved it.
Although the vocals were not as strong as they could have been, their energy level was through the roof. When Normani hit that split, I lost it. Their outfits were bomb and their dance moves were on point. The performance was sexy! Gucci Mane came looking real nice too and killed his verse. I am all here for the new and improved Fifth Harmony!!
Demi Lovato did an amazing job. Her vocals were on point, which was what the show needed. Everyone else up until this point in the show was satisfactory. I think people sleep on her and don’t give her enough credit. I’ve been a Demi fan since her Disney days and I’ll continue to be one.
Logic’s performance with Alessia Cara and Khalid hit home for me. Having suffered from my own depressed thoughts and tough times where I wanted to just give up, it is so heartwarming seeing that you are not alone in this thing we call life. Great song with an even better message.
Katy Perry got my nerves once again with her performance of her single, “Swish, Swish.” The song is so stupid and is an awful “diss” record. Katy was all over the place, swinging and playing with basketballs. She should not have performed or it should have been at the beginning. Not a good way to close the show.
Pink’s Vanguard Performance
When I heard Pink was receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, I was so happy. Pink has a wide repertoire that has resonated throughout my entire childhood and adult life. Her performance and acceptance proved why she deserved the honor. She was able to mix all of her hit songs in a way that was classy and simplistic. Pink is and will continue to be a force in the music industry for years because she is raw and unapologetically Pink.
Paris Jackson’s Mini Speech
I have to give a shout out to Paris Jackson for calling out the bullshit that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was not expecting her to speak out. Then again, her dad did say, “They don’t really care about us.” She knows what’s up.
I think the awards that were given out tonight were deserved. For example, Best Pop Music Video went to Fifth Harmony. I am honestly glad they won. A lot of people, including myself, thought they wouldn’t make it without Camila Cabello. Them winning the award proves everyone wrong. Go, ladies!! On the other hand, I am kind of shocked Bruno Mars did not win Artist of the Year. Ed Sheeran got the award instead. I love both artists, but I think Bruno Mars had a strong album than Ed Sheeran.
Fashion did not stand out this year compared to other years; however, Demi Lovato, Yara Shahidi, and Nicki Minaj slayed the scene.
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Overall, the VMAs did not shine like other years. It does not seem the production team really thought out the order of performances or zoned in on a great theme. I will give them props on bringing awareness to suicide prevention and racism. As I stated earlier, now more than ever, people need to speak out against the hate in the world and be strong for those who feel like they aren’t enough.
MTV, I think you need to go back to the drawing board. It’s time to make the VMAs great again.