MTV VMAs 2012: What's the verdict?
September 7th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

MTV VMAs 2012: What's the verdict?

The biggest night in music television was ... fine, we guess, but it definitely lacked the reckless, "what's-going-to-happen-next?" abandon that we've come to expect from MTV.

Maybe we're just getting old ... or maybe, after 29 years of putting on the show, it's MTV that's aged.

And we know it's not just us, because culture critics - those who weren't tasked with watching the Democratic National Convention, which was also on as VMAs host Kevin Hart flailed, One Direction sang and Lil Wayne looked bored - weren't all that taken with this edition, either.

The most shocking aspect of this year's show, said Billboard, was the fact that absolutely nothing at all was shocking.

"The Kevin Hart-hosted affair ran largely by the book," Billboard reviewed, "with a mix of goofy gags, performances, and a smattering of awards."

The L.A. Times agreed that "water cooler fodder was scarce with this year's show, which earned the dubious distinction of being less entertaining than Thursday's other big TV event, the Democratic National Convention." The paper also made a point that we'd like to heartily second: "In the absence of real razzle-dazzle, MTV seemed determined to turn the event into an episode of 'The Rihanna, Drake and Chris Brown show.' "

It seemed this year's VMAs just couldn't live up to the memory of 2011, as New York Magazine's Vulture explains, which, to be fair, would be difficult to top. For starters, Beyonce put the world on notice that a Blue Ivy was to be born, which could've been an entire show in itself. And then Adele proved that she still only needed a mic and a spotlight to put on a flawless, effortless performance, while Lady Gaga showed us her masculine side.

"Frankly," Vulture said, "[this year's] ceremony was kind of boring, as if the kids knew they should behave so as not to steal the thunder from the President come 10 p.m."

But for us, a large part of the problem was what the New York Times said was MTV's position of "[playing] host to warring constituencies." The VMAs offered proof, as "heritage pop acts like Pink, Alicia Keys and Green Day who still need the bite of youth credibility brush[ed] up against legitimate young stars and ... new acts who’ve garnered their fame in totally unconventional, non-MTV-centric [and non-TV-centric] ways."

If you're tempted to go back and watch a replay, the best moments were delivered from Rihanna and Katy Perry, but off-stage: The two girlfriends, sitting in the audience, easily provided some of the most watchable entertainment of the night - certainly entertaining enough to nab a Moon Man.

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    September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elle Royal aka Elle Boogy

    dang. what's up with all those supposed superstars. the boredom rest on them not MTV. MTV needs some fresh meat as all cause clearly the family that was there couldn't deliver. i bet when the next gimmick passes thru we will get a great burst of it.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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  6. Bizness

    The people who commented on watching the VMAs are the idiots for watching it in the first place...Probably bunch of pedaphiles gawking at the teenage girls in the audience...LMAO

    September 13, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. PooPoo

    well done

    September 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Poo

    great show.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. are you paranoid

    are you tired listless, do you pop out of parties..if so i have the answers to alll your questions..yes folks its called
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    September 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. are you paranoid..

    are you tired listless, do you pop out parties..if so i have the answers to alll your questions..yes folks its called
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    September 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. pootie tang

    You all are sooooooooo old!

    September 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. how many?

    i hate MTV

    September 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. truefriends

    same bore.

    September 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Leon Peris

    Sidney Arden is a great Humanitarian and Doctor!

    September 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Brad Spielman

    Wrestling promoter Dougllas Scharfberg, saved 9 children from a blazing fire on Rittenhouse Square Concominium.

    Doug, died in this fire, he Commands and should have a memoiral.

    September 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. John

    MTV sucks and so do the idiots who watch their crap.

    September 9, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  19. Leena

    where was the defranco family? sheesh

    September 9, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  20. Chris

    I think I'm just too old. The last time where I felt that there was a lot of overlap between what the show was presenting, and my actual musical tastes, was 1992. The last time I recall actually feeling any kind of excitement watching the VMAs was in 1997, but even then I didn't like much of what was happening on MTV, musically.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lena

    popularity is what counts or ratings fall.

    September 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sammy

    MTV doesn't deserve the name MTV for starters. They should change their name to STV for Sh!# TV. Since when are shows like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore related to music? Exactly, they aren't!

    As far as the music awards, I agree, it's nothing more than a popularity contest and has nothing to do about the music. They should be honest and just have the awards for the best body, prettiest face, most auto-tuned and the most compressed album.

    September 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. fryde and clyde

    thought the show was great, wish donny osmond and david cassidy could have been there

    September 8, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  24. Joanna

    it's all just a popularity contest, its never truly about music. This year's ceremony was boring because all the COOL people weren't there.. Beyonce, Jay-z, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and of course KANYE

    September 8, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  25. Heeeeerrrrrrrrreeeeeee's Johnny!

    i love this show.

    September 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hear comes Honey Pig-Pig

    This VMA was soooo stupid.Lol.One Direction???????? Are you for reals??????? The only people who should be watching this is teen girls.Any one else,just no...

    September 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Texa

    this is just low end blogging....i helped write a speech for the ceo


    September 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ring

    your a bore...

    September 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ring-a-Ling

      If you're going to keep repeating this inane line, why not try spelling "you're" the correct way? (Hint: It'll make you look a little less ignorant... but just a little.)

      September 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimdandy

      It's "you're", not "your". Idiot...

      September 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jess

    Or Creedence? Why wasn't anyone good there?

    September 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ring!!!

    your a bore--

    September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ring....


    September 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jess

    Why wasn't JimI Hendrix or Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison or even Canned Heat there? Not even Iron Butterfly. No way this was a music show. Just a bunch of squealing kids chewing bubblegum.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      Yeah they should have dug folks up and brushed them off for it. Maybe spray some lysol

      September 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

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