Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Win Big at the 2010 VMAs (Obviously)
The 2010 Video Music Awards took over the Nokia Theater in L.A. on Sunday, and wowed audiences with impressive performances and an unbelievable set design. But while the production made our mouths drop, most of the evening's wins were pretty predictable.
Lady Gaga swept the night, nabbing eight of the 13 awards for which she was nominated, including Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. Although she announced the title of her new album, 'Born This Way,' and even sang a sample from it on stage, we weren't surprised to see her take home so many Moonmen. Hello, she got 13 noms!
As expected, the outrageous singer wore three over-the-top outfits during the evening -- one for each televised win -- and said "I love you" to Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley and Jane Lynch when she accepted her Best Pop Video award from them. Gaga is such a Gleek!
In more un-shocking news, Justin Bieber took home top honors for Best New Artist. He was only nominated in this one category, and since it was determined by fan voting, we had no doubt that the 16-year-old's army of Beliebers would hook him up. Although the win was huge, and his outside performance was a hit, we felt bad for the Bieb when his name was called, because apparently no one told tell him how to get onto the stage. Justin was lost for a minute, but soon found his way.
We knew that Taylor Swift wasn't going duet with Kanye West, but the 20-year-old did become a last-minute addition to the list of scheduled performers, and all eyes were on her. Taylor's number opened with clips from the unforgettable moment when Kanye interrupted the country star's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, and it soon became pretty clear who her song was about. The whole performance was much darker than what we've seen from Taylor, but in a cool way. (P.S. The tune will be on her new album, 'Speak Now,' due out on October 25.)
Kanye managed to stay off stage during Tay's performance, but he, too, got to send a message through song when he closed the show with a huge debut of 'Runaway.' From his lyrics, it seemed that the rapper was owning up to his flaws (at least some of them) and maybe even apologizing for his bad behavior. How was it received? Well, let's just say half of the audience booed Kanye when he first got on stage, but then everyone was chanting his name in unison as he was walking off.
As for the rest of the show, Usher killed it with his performance and we got the B.o.B./Hayley Williams duet we were hoping for. Ashley Greene, Selena Gomez and Emma Stone took the mic as presenters as planned, and aside from a few tongue-twister moments, the girls did a great job. For a full list of winners, visit MTV.com. Did you watch last night? What do you think of what went down?