Review Revue: The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

If you sat through last night’s MTV Music Video Awards, then you’ve likely got an opinion on how well the show played. (We went ahead and listed the six moments we felt were upbeat highlights.) Regardless of which artists won moon men or lost out, we couldn’t help wondering what the Internet at large thought of the awards gig itself, and so we rounded up an assortment of comments from other sites. Read on!

:: Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix pointed out, “Lady Gaga’s male alter ego took the MTV VMA stage a second time to present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award to Britney Spears, and for a man who opened the show complaining about the constant spotlight on Lady Gaga, he seemingly could not stop hogging it for himself.”

Beyonce baby bump MTV VMAs Video Music Awards:: Rolling Stone went right for the jugular: “Traditionally, the Video Music Awards bash is the one night a year when MTV gives it up to music fans. This was not the case last night. MTV has never looked so hilariously embarrassed by what’s left of its own music programming… Even on the big VMAs weekend, MTV took a grudging let’s-get-this-over-with approach – instead of hyping the franchise, they devoted the weekend to a Teen Mom marathon, a Jersey Shore marathon and the 2002 Adam Sandler film Mr. Deeds.”

:: The Washington Post was equally unkind: “This year, the VMAs actually got classy a couple of times (see Adele, Bruno Mars’s tribute to Amy Winehouse). They got awkward on more than a few occasions… (Seriously, what does it take to make Justin Bieber stop looking so freaking nonplussed? Aren’t you the guy who sings ‘U Smile, I Smile’?) And yes, there were a few moments that fell into the VMAs tastelessness of hall of fame.”

:: The Huffington Post just didn’t get Brit’s bit: “Britney Spears was awarded the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, the VMA’s lifetime achievement award, at the show Sunday night, but you wouldn’t know it from watching. The vision behind Britney’s big tribute was so poorly conceived, it bordered on surreal, like much of the night.”

:: The Baltimore Sun quipped, “When we look back at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we will remember two things: 1) This Jessie J thing is not going to happen, America, but it wasn’t for lack of effort, and 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby.”

:: The Daily Mail turned their eyes toward the night’s youngest couple: “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are clearly done with the cloak and dagger antics from the start of their relationship. The cute couple are out and proud – maybe a little too much, judging by Bieber’s PDA performance while his girlfriend was attempting to co-host a pre-show at the MTV Video Music Awards tonight.”

Lady Gaga Jo Calderone Britney Spears:: USA Today observed, “Even though Adele lost best pop video to Spears, the British soul singer captivated the audience with her powerful performance of ‘Someone Like You’.”

:: Global Grind zeroed in on the backstage drama between Kreayshawn and Rick Ross: “Up and comer Kreayshawn is new to the rap game, but she’s already well versed in one of its most important aspects: emcee beef.”

:: Speaking of beef, CNN seemed to be longing for the days of the meat dress: “This time around, Lady Gaga didn’t shock viewers with blood-spattered lingerie, or a hat that wouldn’t make it past airport security. Instead, Gaga donned a pair of black slacks and a white T-Shirt as her musical alter ego, Jo Calderone. Ironically, it was the most street-friendly outfit we’ve seen her sport.”

:: Even more to the point, the Chicago Sun-Times thought Gaga was a total drag: “She’s a singer and musician, and she didn’t praise her own singing or musicianship. Welcome to Music Television, kids!”

What did you think of last night’s Video Music Awards? Let us know below!

  • Nyan

    I really enjoyed them! (I skipped all the commercials and junk since I had it recorded.) However, MTV doesn’t deserve to have the VMAs or even be called MTV.

  • Dustin Farmer

    MTV needs to trim the fat. I feel like I only saw 4 awards go out. Jessie J was awkward. Gaga was (as much as it hurts me to say) awkward as well. Beyonce, Adele, and Bruno Mars were amazing. I really wanted the Britney Spears tribute to be over the top and well thought out, instead it was a let down. Someone should be fired.

  • Andy

    the mtv video music awards show is 1 of the best shows there is

  • Andy

    your comments are very confusing

  • MIA

    A huge let down. Too many commercials, not enough awards, and way too much of Lady Gaga’s alter ego. It was a great way to start the show, but after that, bring her back as the LADY GAGA she is. Also, to end with Lil Wayne was an insult to all artists. He is disgusting. He has no talent and is very hard to watch.

    On a positive note, the Amy Winehouse tribute was incredible and Beyonce, Adele, and Bruno Mars gave outstanding performances.

  • jsay

    Nice to see Britney healthy; Adele & Gaga too. Rock stardom takes its’ toll much too often. Amy we miss you forever. Miss Gaga, please come out and stop teasing. Your positive impact will be much admired, adored and appreciated, just like your incredible talent, and your Monster ooze can only grow.

  • James

    I was very disapointed with the Britney Spears Tribute!! It was so poorly produced and it should have been just as over the top as her Iconic performances!! I think MTV should do a 2 hour tribute special to Britney to make up for that god awful tribute!! And didnt it seem like Lady Gaga was totally hogging the stage when Britney recieved the award??

  • sv

    Her… “monster ooze”…? Really, jsay? I worry about you little monsters…

    They were messy and awkward, but there were some positive notes that made up for the bad: Adele, Beyonce, and the Amy tribute. The Britney bit was a huge letdown, I really expected something more.

  • moonchild63

    Just watching it in Hk. It too was shown live, but was working. So far i would say VMa has never been taken too seriously, by the Music Ind. Im not sure how the stars feel about VMA!! But dont forget VMA has had so many musical moments. Madonna wedding dress. The Kiss with Madonna, Britney & Christian? remember those? But yes, from what i just read , MTV has not really done its total promo. Even in Asia. Previously it would show clips and talk with the normonies etc.. But yes, it is the most respected video award show in the world, and yes it would be mice to see it move upgraded and then it might get the respect it needs. Maybe even having it shown on national tv (CBS, NBC etc..). It think we all expected more. I too was confused with the Lady GaGa performances. So far ir has had it moments. Kanye west? nothing to say? after getting his awrd with Kathy? hmmm. Anyway, i will still always watch the VMA!

  • Jermyth Carcamo

    I like Lady Gaga’s character for the performance, but then it was way too much, and people need to get over Adele loosing to Britney. Yes Adele is more vocally Talented and I do believe her voice is going to be timeless, but it is a VIDEO award. Till the World Ends was a better video than Rolling In The Deep, it was way more entertaining. Adele Simply sat on a chair the whole time. Not saying it’s a bad video, but not the best representative of a pop video.

  • spat

    Lady Gaga was/is ridiculous! stop giving the he/she a stage and spotlight!
    Adele was the BEST part of the show! everything else was second rate! MTV? what a’s all reality television now!

  • Cindy

    I liked Lady Gaga back when she came out with “Just Dance” now, I feel she tries to hard to be different. Her performance was off and she looked drunked the enitre time. Jay-Z and Kanye West’s performance was great! Adele was a little shaky but I liked her performance. Chris Brown’s performance I liked, but only because he incorporated Wu-Tang Clan and Nirvana. I thought Beyonce’s performance was cute. The Amy Winehouse tribute was very good. Lil Wayne’s performance was a waste of time, I couldn’t understand a word he was saying.

    Overall, I’m just going to stop watching these award shows. The Mtv VMA’s are suppose to be about Music Videos, but they feel more like “Who wears the weirdest outfits” awards!

  • tiara

    adele?? Who cares?? Shes not saying anythng we havnt heard before, i am lil waynes biggest fan but the performance could hve been a bit longer, wish he wuda picked a song with less cursing so we at home could hve enjoyed his voice more, lady gaga was amazing, funny’, and entertaining, was very dissapointed with lack of awards given out. Whats with justin beiber winning against emienem and rhianna, not impressed, dnt kno how anyone could say lil wayne is disgusting, he is the most clever recording artist alive, every lyric evry verse is mindblowing, cant stand adele like i said, she aint saying aythng new and we all kno fat women can belt a tune, brittney trib. Great, amy winehouse, no body liked her when she was here now everyone thnks they have a right to comment on mtvs selection on how they wud honor her, beyonce, amazing. Kanye west seems like he turned into a big douche, but his and jayz performace very cool. Jesse j should have never even been allowed to be there, shes in a leg cast! Who wants to rock out to someone with a leg cast!!!?? Nicki minaj is the greatest!

  • terry

    What a joke this show has become. Used to look so forward to the VMA`s. Videos from last year being nominated again because they don`t have enough good videos for a category. Lady Gaga bit went way overboard. Total yuk!