I'm totally hating Nelly Furtado's hair, it's the same as the color of her skin which is always a no no.
I'm totally hating Nelly Furtado's hair, it's the same as the color of her skin which is always a no no.
Watching this show made me realize how much I don't give a rat's ass about most of today's music or performers. Pretty sad. And don't get me started about Britney. If that wasn't the final nail in the coffin, I don't know what would be.
I was surprised at how bad Britney Spears' performance was. I saw a clip of her rehearsal the other day and it looked MUCH better than the actual performance.
I agree with everyone who said this year's VMAs really sucked. I hope they go back to their older format next year. And what's with it apparently only being aired just once. I do not get MTV at all anymore.
Wow. The press and blogiverse coverage of both Britney's performance and the VMAs themselves is BRUTAL. Makes us look like a bunch of pussycats.
I've read about thirty articles thus far that range from sad to scornful to sarcastic. There's no need to quote all of them here, but here's a small sample:
This one's particularly warm and cozy...
Adrants » Britney Spears Waddles Through MTV Music Awards Performance
Mainstream ain't being much nicer...Quote:
Britney Spears Waddles Through MTV Music Awards Performance
There's one sure thing that can be said about Britney Spears' performance at last night's MTV Music Awards. She delivered exactly what everyone expected; a horrifically embarrassing performance that had to have Kevin Federline rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably. Practically tripping over herself throughout the limp, lifeless, lip-synced performance, Spears began the performance looking as if she'd just stumbled out of a bar drunk searching for something to hold on to so she wouldn't fall over.
From there, it didn't get any better. Several years ago - before Federline, before kids, before physical and emotional meltdown - Spears would have been all over that stage exploding with high energy dance moves. But at least twice last night, she had to be hoisted up and down from a riser like an overweight kid trying to climb out of a swimming pool.
As she wearily sang, "gimme more, babe," you could almost feel her begging the audience to help infuse her with energy so she could at least make it through the routine without passing out from exhaustion. It's really not a good thing when the backup dancers exude ten times more exuberance than the star.
See the disaster in all its glory here. Damn. Poor girl. At least she didn't pull an Ashlee Simpson and leave the stage. Points for that. It all makes us pine for the days of the Britney/Madonna Kiss.
washingtonpost.com - In VMA Comeback, Britney Makes All The Wrong Moves
In VMA Comeback, Britney Makes All The Wrong Moves
By John Maynard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 10, 2007; Page C01
Britney Spears was not ready for prime time.
The fallen pop idol made her much-hyped comeback last night to open MTV's disjointed and just plain boring Video Music Awards show, giving a thoroughly underwhelming performance of her new song "Gimme More."
Britney Spears lip-syncs to
Britney Spears lip-syncs to "Gimme More" at the MTV Video Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. (By Mark J. Terrill -- Associated Press)
Dressed in sequined black underpants and bra, an out-of-shape Spears moved tentatively around the stage, getting totally outgrooved by her backup dancers and badly lip-syncing her way through the song whose main lyric was "Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme."
To make matters worse for Spears, raunchy comedian Sarah Silverman took the stage next and proceeded to bury her. "She is amazing," Silverman said. "She is 25 years old and has already accomplished everything she is going to accomplish in her life."
Then Silverman added a doozy: "Have you seen Britney's kids? They are the most adorable mistakes you will ever see." That wasn't the end of it, but the rest of her remarks weren't suitable for a family newspaper.
Like Spears, the awards show never seemed to hit a groove. MTV was hoping to reinvent the program, which has dipped in the ratings over the past five years, and opted to spread the action throughout Las Vegas's Palms hotel and casino. Along with one main stage, there were also performances in a number of suites throughout the resort.
Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland (the evening's "maestro," according to MTV), the Foo Fighters and 50 Cent were among those performing away from the main stage. When the network did cut to them, they were sometimes halfway through a performance, robbing viewers of any potential enjoyment.As for the awards themselves? Well, Timberlake won Quadruple Threat of the Year and Male Artist of the Year, Rihanna won Monster Single of the Year for her ubiquitous hit "Umbrella," and Beyonce and Shakira won Most Earth Shattering Collaboration for "Beautiful Liar."
The Spears appearance likely will goose the ratings for the VMAs. MTV President Christina Norman called this year's version of the show a "total reinvention." Ratings have been sinking steadily since 2001, when the show peaked with nearly 12 million viewers. Last year, the VMAs drew 5.8 million viewers, its smallest audience in 10 years.
And if you missed it last night, sorry. MTV has promised that the live telecast would be the only one (though it does plan a "remix" of what viewers voted as the best acts).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Pop Machine - Entertainment with all the fizz | Chicago Tribune | Blog
So much for the Britney comeback
Here are a few tips for anyone else who might attempt to rejuvenate her career by opening the MTV Video Music Awards:
1. Don’t lip-synch obviously and poorly.
2. Don’t wear high-heeled boots if you want to show off your dance agility.
3. Don’t wear a bikini if you don’t want viewers to ponder differences between your 25-year-old, post-two-kids physique and the 18-year-old form that you stripped down to a flesh-colored bikini on the very same stage.
4. Don’t perform as if the director just said, “Hey, let’s have a lazy walk-through.”
5. Don’t let Sarah Silverman follow you onstage.
Alas, this advice comes too late for Britney Spears, whose zoned-out performance of her new single, “Gimme More,” opened Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards on a flat note. (See for yourself by clicking here.)
So much buildup for this? Where were the surprise, the magic (supposedly to be provided by illusionist Criss Angel), the controversy, the energy? Instead we got a lackluster routine with men in suits groping the barely-breaking-a-sweat Spears while female dancers engaged in pole dances.
Then came comedian Silverman, who was typically brutal: “Britney Spears, everyone! She is amazing. She is 25 years old, and she’s already accomplished everything she’s going to accomplish in her life.”
It only got worse, with Silverman getting typically vulgar with cracks about Spears’ kids, jokes that appeared to make the audience as uncomfortable as Spears’ performance. Britney’s comeback balloon has hit a sharp stick.
The show’s producers particularly must have regretted the lethargic opening because they had otherwise taken drastic steps to pump up the telecast’s energy. The pared-down awards show, shortened from three to two-plus hours, was staged at Las Vegas’ the Palms casino, which appeared to have been transformed into one mammoth MTV party.
The awards were afterthoughts (Rihanna's collaboration with Jay-Z, "Umbrella," was the big winner), and frequently the main room, where guests sat around illuminated tables, felt like one too. Many of the performances took place in four “private VIP parties,” hotel suites where Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, the Foo Fighters and Fall Out Boy rocked the close-up crowds. As the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl explained on the pre-show: "We're in the corner of a hotel suite, there's beer bongs everywhere, and we're just jamming."
West’s performances of “Stronger” and “Good Life” felt especially celebratory, with the Chicagoan rapping through the partygoers, down a spiral staircase and onto his suite’s dramatically scenic balcony. The problem was that every time the show would cut to one of these suites, such as when Timberlake won his Quadruple Threat Award (“singer/dancer/actor/clothing line,” don’t you know), you couldn’t help but think: Hey, if these big stars have better parties to attend than the actual awards show, why aren’t we hanging out with them?
Timberlake underscored another irony when he twice implored MTV: “Play more videos!” The network has little use for videos these days, and the same goes for the Video Music Awards show, which played microseconds of video clips while emphasizing the kind of sloppy spontaneity that is the antithesis of the highly art-directed videos that initially propelled the cable network.
Too bad the directing approach was as attention-deficit-oriented as always, showing snippets of the hotel-suite jams (coupled with aggressive cross-promotion with an Internet music service) before cutting to something else. The technical aspects were rough, with Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz enthusing about something into a silent microphone.
Yet despite the seat-of-your-pants feel, moments of shock, controversy or train-wreck enjoyment were surprisingly lacking. Wait, the big surprise musical legend at the end was Dr. Dre?
Still, the show zipped by enjoyably enough if you didn't mind watching other people have a good, rowdy time. And, you know, Chris Brown may have lip-synched, too, but his post-Michael Jackson dance moves roused the Video Music Awards crowd to its feet in a way that Spears no doubt regrets she didn’t.
This may be the only time you'll hear this from me, but I'm glad Carrie didn't win the award she was nominated for. It's better not to win than to be somehow associated however loosely with this mess.
I didn't watch that train wreck. If any of you missed Britney's performance there is a clip at MTV Buzzworthy Blog » Britney Opens The Vegas VMAs.
I didnt see a thread for the actual show and I wanted to post my thoughts. I heard that MTV wasnt going to re-run the show like it has in the past, so I thought I better watch it when it was really live.
I thought Brit tanked. She seemed a bit uncomfortable, preoccupied?, and it seemed like something was missing (besides her REALLY singing). Her hair looked dreadful, I dont know why she didnt at least cover it up with a hat like she has been doing. She had a perfect opportunity here to really wow everyone and in my opinion she failed.
I loved Chris Browns performance, along with Alicia Keys, and of course J.T. was awesome. Apparently Kid Rock and Tommy Lee got in a fight, over what Im not sure. The details will probably be out today no doubt. Lee was a bit rude when Pamela Anderson was on stage, he wouldnt stop whistling, and she turned around and something to the effect of "knock it off".
The suite performances were ok, with a couple of match ups that were pretty cool. Neyo, Gym Class Heros, and Fall Out Boy was a good one.
All in all, its pretty sad that I was more interested in seeing who was in the audience as opposed to who was winning awards. I saw Travis Barker and Shanna, Robin Thicke, 3-6-Mafia, real world sydney people.
What did everyone else think?
AmyKay...most everyone posted their thoughts on the show last night in the nominations thread so you might want to go check that out :)
I feel very sad for Britney....I was telling my son last night that it made me very sad to see how she had become and especially with the fact she had 2 beautiful little boys at home that just want a mommy....I told him that I'm afraid one day (soon probably) we are going to wake up and hear that she has died.....
Britney's performance was terrible & the song sucked too. All she did was grunt, groan & shake her flab. She needs to lose about 20 lbs. before she comes out shaking her big butt & gut. Too much junk in the trunk! :nod