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An Indie Rocker Steals The Show at the 2010 VMA’s

Sunday night, MTV reminded us why the Video Music Awards are the easiest to watch awards show. Each year the show seems to focus less on the awards and more on the performances. This year was no exception. With gorgeous sets paired with epic performances there was plenty to keep you entertained. Instead of breaking down the show step by step, here are my top five moments from the 2010 VMA’s.

  1. Florence Welch

    Florence + The Machine: The number one moment of the show came about halfway through the night. After lip sung ridden performances by Usher and Justin Bieber, Florence Welch took the stage, introducing herself to most of America while providing the most passionate performance of the night. The choreography was perfect and she was able to perform a song that most people had referred to as “that song from the Eat, Pray, Love commercial.” Now America has a face and a name to go along with the song and this was truly the coming out party for Florence + The Machine.

  2. B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams: Performing a mashup of three great songs from 2010, the three hit the stage performing “Nothin On You,” the song that launched by Mars and Bobby Ray (B.o.B.) to stardom. This was followed by the smash hit “Airplanes.” It was awesome to see Ray bouncing around the stage, performing the song with Williams at his side. Finally, Williams stepped away from the group and joined the rest of Paramore for a semi-acoustic performance of “The Only Exception.” Overall, this was great because it was a true fan performance. It was something we all wanted to hear and we were rewarded.
  3. Lady Gaga: Despite the lack of a performance, Gaga still graced the stage three times, taking home awards for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Dance Video and five others. During her third aired acceptance speech for Video of the Year (the nights highest honor), she said that if she won this award she would announce the title of her new album. She came through on her promise announcing the albums title, “Born This Way” and sang a small piece of a potential new song. With one of the best two year runs in the history of music, Lady Gaga used the 2010 VMA’s as a victory lap and it was great to watch her do it.
  4. Eminem and Rihanna: Opening the show performing in what appeared to be a small underground club, Eminem emerged onto the grand stage of the VMA’s performing his single “Not Afraid.” He was later joined by Rihanna who helped him perform one of the summer biggest anthems “Love The Way You Lie.” The performance was great despite some clear issues in Rihanna’s monitors. Eminem really doesn’t need anyone else to put a performance over the top. The one disappointment at the VMA’s was that Eminem ended up taking home awards in two on air categories but could not stick around the accept them. Luckily, Katy Perry accepted one of them on his behalf. I think we can all agree, the more Katy Perry the better.
  5. Kanye West: This performance was bittersweet. It was great to see MTV welcome him back after his antics at the 2009 VMA’s. What MTV failed to deliver to us in 2010 was Taylor Swift. A show known for controversy, bringing together amazing collaborations and brilliant moments, failed to deliver anything from the Swift camp. Although many people wanted a duet or a brief appearance from the southern princess, I would of settled for a shot of her in the audience. This could of (and probably should of after last year) been the nights best moment. Instead, it was a great performance by a talented artist that left us feeling as if something was missing.

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  • Comment by mell style posted September 14, 2010 at 04:56

    What happened to this year’s show? Although there were a lot of performances, the quality of the show diminished. It was rather boring. There just wasn’t the “it” factor to it. I was looking forward to see more artists, but I think the most of them weren’t present. Glad to see Eminem making a good comeback. along with Usher. Other than that, it was a waste of 2 hours +

  • Comment by Kathleen Beseke posted November 11, 2010 at 05:23

    OMG I simply adore Lady Gaga! I like that she is so extreme. Thank you for writing about her. I have bookmarked your website and will certainly visit again!