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Contrived and Mediocre at best
kynthegame from United States
25 January 2005
As the MTV Video Music Award 2004 wraps up, i cannot help but feel
violated and unfulfilled. I had been looking forward to this event for
the entire summer and now that it has happened, i am left wanting so
much more. The potential for this event to be great was enormous. With
mega hits like "Hey Ya," "Yeah," "The Reason," and "Breaking the Habit"
by established superstars, the rise of Yellowcard, Maroon 5, JoJo, the
Darkness, and many others, the retirement of Jay-Z and hyped
performances of Kanye West, Yellowcard, Maroon 5, Jet and Alicia Keys,
this year could have been awesome. Instead, it turned into a 3 and a
half hour ad for apathetic teens to get out and "Rock the Vote."
The first three hours contained bits on how it's "vote or die" and
"uniting" to vote with the Kerry and Bush daughters, but in the last
half hour, MTV ruined what could have been a superb performance by
Outkast by shoving voting banners, voting booths, red white and blue
balloons and confetti down our throats. In the three and a half hours
of promoting the election, they only said that we need to LEARN THE
ISSUES once, yet they said we need to vote upwards of 500.
Back to the VMAs. It was held in Miami. Not New York, not LA, but
Miami. never before has it been held in Miami. Miami is in Florida.
they suck at deciding who to vote for because it's in Florida which
filled with old people, drug dealers, Haitians and Cubans, and Shaq's
ego. It is also an Election Year. Florida screwed up big time in 2000.
coincidence? i think not. Here are a couple other things that reeked at
the VMAs this year:
1) People coming in on Boats. They hyped this up big time, and it turns
out only 20 people came in and 15 were in P Diddy's entourage. I want
the red carpet. i want to see all the stars coming in and wearing their
barely there clothing. The red carpet is how you know what big stars
arrived. They way they presented it, the only people there were P
Diddy, Nelly, Usher, Lil John and Jessica Simpson.
2) Lack of star power. Where was Eminem? D12 was there, but no
Marshall. where was Britney? she was nominated 4 times. and where was
50, snoop and Dre? where are the TV and movie stars that usually flood
this event? oh yeah, they're in New york and Los Angeles.
3) no host. how do you not have a host!?!?! they hyped Dave Chapelle up
to be the host and he only came out twice. he would have been an
awesome host. he could have done hilarious skits as Lil John, Rick
James' ghost, prince, that crack addict. but no. they had a bunch of
different people announcing a bunch of other people. you need something
to keep the show together, that links it. there was none.
4) sub par performances. with the exception of Usher, they all blew.
they were uninspired and boring. Outkast's Andre 3000 had his hands in
his pocket while singing Hey Ya at the end of the show. HEY ACT LIKE
YOU ENJOY IT AND MAYBE I WILL TOO! they also crammed three great bands,
Yellowcard, Hoobastank and Jet into one set that lasted 5 minutes. they
should have each been given their own slot, instead of wasting it on
every god damned rapper under the sun. they say it was a big year for
hip hop and i can respect that, but it was also a big year for rock.
5) Shaq pretty much spitting in the face of every fan he had in Los
Angeles. He shows up looking like a rail. Lakers ask him to lose some
weight and he PMS's, he goes to Miami and in 2 months, he lost like 200
lbs. Screw you Shaq, Kobe is our star now and he has this thing you
don't have: work ethic and dedication.
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