What You Missed From Last Night’s VMAs (From Someone Who Didn’t Watch The VMAs)

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Last night I made the conscious decision to miss the 2013 MTV VMAs. It was not out of despite for the award show (in fact this year had plenty of great music videos) but I had a commitment to another major event that I just couldn’t get out of (*cough* Breaking Bad *cough*).

I do not regret my decision, but after looking at all the various headlines from last night I realized that I missed a pretty good VMAs. Now keep in mind that a good VMA show means that it’s still the VMAs, so there were still plenty of cringe-tastic moments (most of them having to do with Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift). But in 2013 there were a few redeeming performances and news. Here’s some that I could find.

Kanye West performed “Blood On The Leaves”, and it was incredible.

 

One Direction won Song of the Summer (but the best part was Vampire Weekend introducing them).

 

Lady Gaga can still rock a good live show…

 

…but now we know that Katy Perry can too.

 

Eminem will release a new album this November produced by Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre.

The NYSNC reunion lasted exactly one minute and twenty seconds. But it was still great.

Every ten seconds the camera would focus on Taylor Swift to watch her awkwardly dance.

And Miley Cyrus has a problem.

 

AND THAT’S IT FOLKS

Oh, and Daft Punk didn’t perform, but their presentation of Taylor Swift’s award will still be talked about for a month. That’s Daft Punk for ya.

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Music History 101: Radiohead’s Awkward MTV Gig

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Today’s lesson: Radiohead’s awkward performance of “Creep” on MTV’s Beach House.

In 1993 Radiohead was a struggling young band trying to catch a break. Their first single (and still probably their most famous song) “Creep” was slowly climbing up the charts, and it wasn’t long before MTV wanted to cash in on this new and upcoming band.

Below is the infamous MTV Beach House performance, where a young Radiohead plays an awkward show for a young crowd that thinks they like Radiohead but they’re not sure.

Its beauty lies in its awkwardness. Enjoy.

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Extra! Extra!: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced

Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a group of worthy musical acts, and this year’s class has some big names.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (otherwise known as The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), and Laura Nyro will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The award ceremony will be held on April 14 and will be televised on HBO sometime in May.

This is an impressive group of musicians, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion.  The band members have been talking over the years about getting back together – the original lineup hasn’t played together since 1990 – and this ceremony might be all the band needs to bury the hatchet and get back together.  Let’s see if Axel Rose and Slash can actually kiss and make up though.

In order to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music act must have released its first record at least twenty-five years ago.

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