This year is my second go at covering MTV's Video Music Awards, which spotlight the music industry's most lucrative personalities with an orgy of self congratulatory speeches punctuated by A-List celebrities regurgitating bad writing.
Chris Brown trying valiantly to dance his way to redemption: No matter what dark secrets his checkered past holds, the dude hasn't lost his abilities on the dance floor. Cutting up the stage with incredible dexterity, Brown performed to a medley that curiously involved cuts from Wu Tang Clan mixed with Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Best Orange County Reference: OC's Young the Giant got the opportunity to perform their song “My Body” at the show. And they played admirably, putting on a lively performance that saw singer Sameer Gadhia leaping into the crowd and getting tossed around like a pin ball between flippers. But best of all, they were introduced by 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer, and Jim Jones protoge Jared Leto. Onstage with Leto was actress Zoe Saldana who referred to Young the Giant's hometown as “Irvin” Califronia.