Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MTV VMAs: Show Up and Win for Lady Gaga (Artist, Song of the Year), Ariana Grande, BTS As Expected


The MTV Video Music Awards are on, if anyone cares.

As I predicted, Lady Gaga picked up the two biggest awards– Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande, who won a made up award for Best Video Made at Home. Basically, the show needed celebrities, these two came, and voila! Congrats!

Korean boyband BTS won an award because they also performed. Ditto The Weeknd.

Taylor Swift won Best Direction of a Video and sent in a pre-taped acceptance speech from her bedroom.

Latin singer Maluma won something because..are you getting the idea?

And so on.

The show is canned, and looks kind of awful. They have fake audience noises. Keke Palmer is doing her best to host the proceedings. She gets an A for effort.

Producers gave a nod to Chadwick Boseman with a dedication card at the start of the show. They couldn’t do anything else because it was all pre-taped.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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