Saturday, June 15, 2024

VMAs: Johnny Depp NOT in the Room Where it Happened, But Anyone Who Is There Wins an Award


MTV’s Video Music Awards are upon us like a migraine headache.

Live from the Prudential Center, the VMAs at about the halfway are the usual ridiculous Halloween show.

Johnny Depp was not there in person. He taped a couple of video inserts that the production loaded into the animated head of their Moon Man. It was embarrassing and stupid. He looked pathetic. If he really wanted to do something there, he should have gone to the show. These kids don’t know who he is unless he’s dressed like a pirate.

And then there are the awards: Any star who shows up wins something. The awards pre-arranged. Harry Styles won Album of the Year and sent in a pre-taped speech.

Adele lost Album of the Year. It was a big mistake letting her “30” album into that category. The takeaway is “Adele lost.” It does look like Sony is going to throw its weight behind Harry Styles “Harry’s House” for the Grammys. Adele is out in the cold.

Why is LLCool J hosting this show? He was finally relieved from his Grammy hosting duties after too many years. Well, MTV is owned by Viacom, which owns CBS, which airs LLCool J’s “NCIS Los Angeles.” His agent really deserves an award of his own.

Nicki Minaj’s husband is a convicted sex offender, so she didn’t thank him (I don’t think) nor is he there. She thanked their baby son, named Papa Bear. Just beautifully horrifying.

We are so far from music, it’s not funny. But it’s been a long, long time and we should be used to it. They actually have a contest going on called “Name that Sample.” LOL. Pathetic

Highlight of the night: Red Hot Chili Peppers, the only actual musicians present.

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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