...OK, now that that's out of the way, here are the 2013 VMAs GIFs that recap the night's performances and memorable reactions. Your welcome, those of you who chose to watch Breaking Bad tonight.
In chronological order...
Lady Gaga opened the show, underwent multiple wigs and wardrobe changes eventually landing on this seashell bikini, causing Kevin Hart to rave about her, um, cakes, in his first appearance. Not in GIF form: Lady Gaga wearing a box.
Not a GIF actually (yes, I know this is the second image), but it was during the VMAs' first commercial break that Eminem announced his new album, MMLP2, and later on in the evening a video preview of the new single "Berzerk" (out Tuesday) that reveals a new (old) bleached blonde look. This announcement made this year's VMAs already better than most year's VMAs. Details here.
Drake does not look entertained by Miley Cyrus and teddy bears. And thus begins a strange and GIF-worthy night for Miley Cyrus.
Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke in the Beetlejuice suit and Paula Patton googles "divorce lawyer".
Rihanna & One Direction's reaction to Miley Cyrus. I have no joke here.
The last non-moving image, I swear! A glorious one though as the Smiths also react to Miley Cyrus.
Thankfully, Kanye West saves the day. His performance of "Blood On The Leaves" tonight was memorable for the silhouette dancing above. This GIF accurately sums up one of many 'Ye performance spazzes that are all equally awesome, and therefore all need to be seen. Watch the artful "Blood On The Leaves" and see Kanye's explanation of the powerful image he's dancing in front of here.
A new Kanye performance spaz: the roundhouse!
Oh, I guess there should have been another warning for the ladies that JT dancing is on a 2 second loop. Anyway, this is approximately at minute 9 of 24.
Gaga and friends personifying girls everywhere at the reunion of *NSYNC.
*NSYNC off stage excited to find out if they made it to Hollywood after their reunion
Bruno Mars wins an award (oh yeah! they give those out here) for Best Male Video, which the woman next to him thinks he doesn't deserve.
Rihanna reacting to Drake's performance like they've had some sort of history or something...
Jaden Smith, on the other hand, very much liked Drake's performance. Very much.
Relive what I thought was an amazing performance of "Blood On The Leaves", made even stronger by the explanation Kanye West just provided on his website below.
Bravo, 'Ye. Brilliant use of negative space for the first part, and the silhouette effect I thought was phenomenal. 'Ye has the most signature on-stage moves that were seen so vividly in this performance. Looking for that GIF...
Eminem "Real Slim Shady" x "The Way I Am" @ 2000 VMAs
It's VMA night! Later today the 2013 version will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will feature performances from Kanye West, Drake, Lady Gaga, the reunion of *NSYNC, the reunion of Danity Kane, (one of these doesn't belong), and more surprises I'm sure. So naturally, for this version of #OldSchoolSundays, I had to relive one of my favorite performances at any award show: Eminem at the Radio City Music Hall in the year 2000.
This was Eminem at the height of his popularity — both for the astronomical album sales and the controversy surrounding him for whatever reason the mainstream media would choose. "Real Slim Shady" was the unofficial most recited song in America and the music video brought together countless Eminem look-a-likes as Em rapped amongst them as the "Real Slim Shady". So how could Em live up to the hype to kick off the VMAs? By bringing the music video to the main stage as Eminem was accompanied by, emphasis on a ton, more Slim Shadys. I can't get this image out of my head, now many years later. It was surreal to see on the street, let alone that he was performing on the street in the first place, and it was surreal to see all the Slim Shadys walking through the aisles.
The performance was also notable for Eminem's famous diss on Fred Durst as Em didn't dap him up in the aisle after Durst's name-drop in the song (Em was successful on the dap for Carson Daly, who was also name dropped.) After "Slim Shady" concluded and Eminem was on the stage, he went into a furious verse of his second single off The Marshall Mathers LP, "The Way I Am" (and probably my favorite song off that album.) With the late Proof by his side (R.I.P.), it's a chilling and energetic performance to watch today.
One last fun note on the video above — Jim Carrey as the VMA host and doing hilarious Jim Carrey things to introduce Eminem. Ha! One of my all-time favorite funnymen.
Thanks to Complex.com, we have an inside look at the seating arrangements for this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, probably so that we might begin to plan in advance what memes and .GIFs will come of the festivities, because as a generation we are unable to express ideas or emotions unless they can be explained in a looping image format or someone tweeted about it. This is important stuff, people. Given the nine pictures provided by Complex, I'd like to breakdown my predictions of what kind of zany tomfoolery will come of this year's VMAs based on where our favorite celebs are sitting.
1.) Keen planning on the part of MTV producers here, placing JT, Kanye, Kevin Hart and what looks like J. Biebs all together, perfect for some funny reaction shots or just something for the guys in the booth to cut to during wardrobe malfunctions/drunken polemics/etc. Expect lots of moody, affectless looks from Kanye, juxtaposed with Justin Timberlake looking wholesome and nonthreatening while Kevin Hart talks through the whole show.
2.) Meanwhile, in the "WTF Corner," the Smith family plots world domination as Ciara, Nelly and Jason Derulo contemplate why exactly they are still considered relevant (Nelly's anxiety is assuaged when he remembers the Honey Nut Cheerios ad he was just in). And then there's Elijah Wood, who was placed there because the producers forgot they invited him until the last minute. Expect lots of nervous laughs by Wood at key moments, like when Taylor Swift wins an award and makes some thinly-veiled reference in her acceptance to 2009's Kanye incident, with producers cutting to him because he seems just as meek and vulnerable as Swift, but with less relationship problems, and also because they feel bad for forgetting about him and assume most of America has likewise also forgotten about him.
3.) Nothing too shocking or notable here, other than Lady Gaga's face in that picture. I mean, Jesus God, is she planning on making an appearance on "The Walking Dead"? Is she trying to look like an ebola survivor? My prediction here is that Lady Gaga infects Katy Perry with whatever pestilence she is harboring, causing them to both turn into ebola-demons and then eat Bruno Mars, who will later write a song about the incident, entitled "I'm Being Savagely Mauled by Demon Lady Gaga and Demon Katy Perry," which will peak at a modest 78 on the Billboard charts but will attract derision from critics because it sounds too much like every other Bruno Mars song, with the exception that in this one, he is clearly being mauled by two pop-stars-turned- ebola-demons. During this whole fiasco, fun. will look disaffected yet at times poignant and wistful.
4.) Lots of good times to be had in this section. Robin Thicke, at the conclusion of the VMAs, will serve as a case study that the old wive's tale "if you keep making the same weird face it will get stuck like that" is actually very real, and Thicke will never be able to look anything other than suave and pointlessly inquisitive again, which will cause him a great deal of inner turmoil for the rest of his life, a kind of pain that he will be unable to truly express because seriously this guy never stops making that stupid face Jesus, come on. Pharrell will spend most of the show recording at least three new songs before everyone forgets about him for five years again. Miley Cyrus will try her darndest to be as hip and "with it" as her fans now think she is by making as many juvenile expressions as possible whenever the camera is on her. DJ Khaled will propose to Nile Rodgers because from behind he looks like Whoopi Goldberg, a woman whom Khaled has been crushing on since grade 10. Upon realizing Rodgers is not Whoopi Goldberg, nor even the same gender as Whoopi Goldberg, he will insist the whole thing was a joke anyway and frantically call his agent and tell him to delete the YouTube video proposal he recorded for Whoopi Goldberg, and also swallow the $8 million ring he bought for the occasion.
5.) Not even gonna touch this one. Mostly because I have no idea who Danity Kane is and I feel like I'm better off that way.
6.) 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and Vampire Weekend will all whisper amongst each other, wondering who the hell "Nervo" is. Busta Rhymes will talk too fast. Big Sean will let other rappers take the spotlight and be "totally cool with it." Hopefully that old guy will be there.
Tune into MTV on Sunday to watch the VMAs and see these predictions come true (seriously, these are all happening, trust me).
And this is how MTV hilariously announced it. Bravo. I have never once not laughed at the thought of croissants since Yeezus came out last June.
'Ye will be performing "Black Skinhead" (via Pitchfork) as he joins Lady Gaga as one of the VMA headliners as she'll be debuting her new single "Applause". Should be an entertaining night to say the least on August 25th.
Earlier today, Gawker posted an audio of Kanye West recorded the night he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The recording was supposedly taken at a restaurant in New York's West Village where West was dining with other musicians after the show. In the audio, the artist is engaged in a pretty heavy rant about his hard work, his mother's death, the choice of Pink to perform at the ceremony over him, and of course, Taylor Swifts win over Beyonce. Check out the transcript below and head over to Gawker to hear the recording.
I'd rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it's like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn't say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I've, like, defended myself... [Tape break] I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin' 'Run This Town' verse for a fuckin' month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin' care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I'm alive! And if I'm alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I'm alive, you gon' have to deal with it. 'Cause there ain't gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin' sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin' Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn't even get asked to perform "Heartless." "Heartless" is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don't know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink! They put me in a fuckin' room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the fuck did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear - "ran all this shit," maybe]. I said, "Nigga, I'm gon' do this until y'all put a bullet in my head. I'm runnin' up to y'all, put a..." [tape cuts].
Though there were no Kanye moments or meat dresses, the VMAs still had some great highlights.
Taylor Swift crowd surfing, a quick peck between Chris Brown and Rihanna, Frank Ocean perched on ice (such a fiery stage... I'm sure he made his own ocean, the VMAs had some wonderful memorable moments.