by: Miller McGuff
The 2014 MTV VMA’s were nothing shy of EXPLOSIVE! From the opening minutes, viewers saw a mash-up melody of songs from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J. Each sang there respective single, followed by “Bang Bang,” which features all three ladies. Although Minaj struggled through the final set with her wardrobe malfunction, her sexiness commanded the stage none-the-less.
Taylor Swift is coming out of her shell more and more as years pass. She gave a sensual rendition of her song “Sake if Off,” which included lots of choreography and fashion from the Roaring 20’s Era. With a crew of about 30 musicians and dancers, Swift moved gracefully through the stage, showing the audience that her “Bubble-Gum” image is fading into the twilight.
Every year there’s an artist who vocally rocks the auditorium at the VMA’s. This year, that superlative belonged to Sam Smith. His song “Stay With Me” rang through the crowd and left millions of viewers in awe. Performing completely stationary, his performance seemed very sincere as if he were reaching out to a past lover.
Usher came to the VMA’s as if he had something to prove. He not only channel MJ in dancing, but in its entire iconic glory. He glided, slid, and pop lock all over the auditorium, finally picking up a guitar and playing a few riffs as Nicki Minaj hit the stage yet again, to join him while performing “She Came to Give It To You.” The scary thing about Usher’s performance was the fact that he’s a 20 year veteran in the music industry. Last night he proved he still has lots left in the tank.
As the night went on, the ceremony featured the first televised performance of “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora. In addition Maroon 5, and 5 Seconds of Summer gave performances that were good enough to hold you over until the main event.
Closing out the show was Beyonce’, whom was this year’s recipient of the Micheal Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The highly coveted award symbolizes the culmination of a Recording Artists videography. Beyonce performed elements from the tracklist of her self titled album released back in December. Just before the closing credits began to roll, Knowles’ husband, Jay-Z presented her with the award along with their toddler daughter, Blu Ivy.
Although many viewers of the urban demographic are no longer interested in the VMA’s, the award presentations, live performances and intermittent “fluff” all flowed exceptionally well. MTV is well on their way to curating the VMA’s into Grammy or Emmy Award Show caliber.