There was a time not so long ago that I was a teeny-bopper, tween or whatever other cutesy name you might want to give a young, almost teenager. From the ages of 12 to 14, I LOVED the Backstreet Boys. I remember the late 90s and its pop music fondly. Part of that love led me to watch MTV’s Video Music Awards to see what awards the BSB, N Sync, Britney Spears, etc. might take home.
As my music taste has evolved, my desire to watch the VMAs deminished. Much of my favorite music was recorded between 20 and 40 years ago, and I don’t think I’ll be seeing The Beatles on MTV anytime soon. Last night, I happened to catch the first hour or so of the VMAs, and I can’t say that I feel like I’m missing out much on most of today’s “popular” music.
My first question is how can MTV still host the VMAs when it hardly shows any music videos? Total Request Live was its last countdown show, and it went off the air awhile ago. I don’t believe it has been replaced. Last night’s broadcast was simulcast on VH1 — at least it still has its weekly Top 20 countdown. I most often watch music videos on YouTube. It seems to me YouTube would be a good sponsor for the show.
Maybe I’ve just outgrown the VMAs, but I can’t say I was too impressed with what I saw. I wish Taylor Swift and Kanye West had performed together. West caused controversy last year when he interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to tell viewers and voters that Beyonce made a better video. What better way to rehash the incident than to find a cool and creative way for them to perform together? Instead, they performed separately — and I didn’t think either performance was earth shattering.