Nicki, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Wow At VMAs
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards once again proved that this is an awards show where the awards almost-always take a backseat to shock value and surprises. On a night when pop superstar Katy Perry took home the award for Video of the Year, and Young Money sex symbol Nicki Minaj netted the Best Rap Video Award, the night will best be remembered for weird outfits and one surprising announcement.
Minaj showed up wearing one of the most elaborate outfits in recent awards show history, but even she was trumped by Lady Gaga--who spent the entire night dressed in drag, oddly-resembling Ralph Macchio's character Pony Boy from the movie The Outsiders. In another strange turn of events, Britney Spears was presented with the Vanguard Award at the ripe old age of 29. R&B star Chris Brown gave an eye-popping performance of his hit "Beautiful People," while Adele's performance of "Someone Like You" with a simple piano accompaniment was the night's classiest performance.
Fans were also treated to Tyler, the Creator's mother jubilant reaction to her son winning Best New Artist.
But much of the night's thunder was stolen by megastar Beyonce--and not just because of her stellar performance of "Love On Top."
Bey revealed that she and hubby Jay-Z are expecting their first child together, much to the surprise and delight of fans.
There were several awkward moments; including Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Seth Rogen in an unfunny Beastie Boys sketch and Katy Perry's playful-but-somewhat awkward dig at Kanye West. "Now this is a time where you want to interrupt me, Kanye," she said, referencing West's infamous bum-rushing of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs.