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MTV VMA’s 2012: Best and Worst Moments

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards provided a glorious victory for British sensation “One Direction” who took home Best Pop Video and Best New Artist, taking down their arch rivals The Wanted. Pink rocked the house with giant dancing lips, Drake sweetly dedicated his Best Hip-Hop Video trophy to victims of bullying, and Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones scored some laughs with their obtuse attempts at “sensitive” rap. Plus, DJ Calvin Harris provided music throughout the night that kept the audience dancing.

Here were the best and worst moments of the VMA’s:

The Best:

Alicia Keys debuts “Girl on Fire” with help from U.S. Olympic Gold-Medalist Gabby and appearance by Nicki Minaj

Rebel Wilson makes lustful use of co-presenters The Wanted while handing out the VMA for Best Female Video.

I could’ve lived without the Bridesmaids actress’ dress/shirt with the painted on bikini, but her naughty contention that MTV had promised her a member of the British boy band if she would present an award was the night’s sole successful moment of shock humor. “This one’s bisexual,” she purred at one Wanted member. And later, after threatening to go “finish myself off,” Wilson declared she’d take all five of ‘em.

Taylor Swift closes the show with a flirty, fun rendition of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

I’ll admit I haven’t always been the biggest T.Swift fan, but “We Are Never…” is one delicious piece of ear candy and Swift brought it to life with solid pitch and jaunty house-party staging. Indeed, with her “Where’s Waldo” top and sunglasses making her look ready for a vacation day at the beach, the country superstar was one of the night’s few performers who looked like she was genuinely having fun.

The Worst:

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne either give a brilliant rap performance or made a whole lot of noise while acting like fools.

I’m pretty sure the whole song was a whole bunch of bleep sounds. Also, how did Wayne’s yellow-and-black print shorts not fall to the ground despite swinging precariously below his butt through the performance? Sorry, but it was not the best performance of the night.

Rihanna rehashes her infamous “crotch-ography” while singing every sixth word of a “song” called “Cockiness.”

Enough Riri! Your usual sexy bad girl image is getting old.

Kevin Hart’s Opening Monologue

Kevin Hart’s opening monologue was not at all that amusing. I had some mixed feelings while watching it. A basic tenet of good writing is “show, don’t tell,” but alas Hart was more interested in boasting about how he planned to tackle controversial celebrity topics than in skewering the music-industry personas that filled the audience. MTV, bring Russell Brand back.

What did you think of the 2012 VMAs? Leave a comment below!

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Hi my name is Monica Morales and I am a sophomore at UC Berkeley. I am majoring in Media Studies and hope to one day work in television or for Vogue magazine. I love to travel and I love sports. I am currently a student ambassador for both Bobble water bottles and for sports app Fancred.
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