Shakin’ what their mamma’s gave them

I admit it, I watched the MTV Video Music Awards last night. And while I have to say that it was impressive that the girls ruled the evening, I am a bit shell-shocked over how much booty I saw.

It was all about the booty.

All of it.

I always like watching these award shows, as I hear new and emerging artists and inevitably get exposed to different music. It’s great. It’s what I love about music. I also like watching the red carpet, seeing how everyone gets dolled up, who opts for shock value and who opts for the safe or expected ensemble.

Last night I didn’t watch the red carpet, as my kids were up and I wasn’t sure what we’d see. So I tuned in just in time to see Katy Perry’s throwback homage to Brittany and Justin in an all-denim getup.

In hindsight, she rocked that dress. And was one of the most covered up artists of the evening.

As the show began, I was left wondering what all the hype is about this new girl, Ariana Grande. Because I’m going to be honest here and say I don’t get it. I don’t think she has the moves, the looks or the chops to last. But that’s just my opinion.

Nicki Minaj showed us…well, almost everything. I don’t know what the big deal is about Anaconda. Men have been parading half naked women around in their videos for years; decades even. I think the fact that she samples Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 single, Baby Got Back, is hilarious. You have to keep in mind that Minaj is all about the shock value. Yes, the video is racy and has been getting a lot of feedback because of that. But I think I like the idea of her taking a song that is 22 years old and making it her own. There are no men in the video (except Drake), and yet she sings about all the males that want/like her behind. On the flipside, remember the old school videos where women were on display, and shaking their behinds, for no reason? I think that Minaj took the power back, in an odd way. Can the women who paraded around naked in the Blurred Lines video say they had any power?

I don’t think so.

So yes, while I think it isn’t a video I will be showing my kids, I do think in some way she is taking a bit of that power back. The girl can rap, even if it is grating at times, and there is no doubt she can make fun of herself. But I think she makes fun of men’s ideals too, and the fact that Drake can’t touch her in the video, leaves him looking like a bit of a pervert.

So back to the show and yes, her performance was something. As was Jessie J’s, who I truly believe does have talent. That girl needs to come out from the “featured” spotlight and show off her pipes more!

From there we saw more butts, more booty and more behinds that I would have cared to see. Between the cleavage and the pelvage (really?! Why do I have to look at your pelvic bones?) and body suits, I just feel old. Not to mention all the cut-outs on dresses, a la Jennifer Lopez. I think there were more open areas than fabric! She did look great though!

On the topic of body suits, I don’t understand how these are even cool anymore? Body suits were a staple when I went clubbing, back in the early 90’s, when you wore them with pants! Now they are cut high, worn with boots and bedazzled.

I don’t get it.

The main act, and one that everyone was looking forward to, according to the Twitter feeds I followed, was Beyoncé. And while I will admit that I’m not so familiar with her current album, I have to say she put on a great performance. I did feel a little turned off at all the provocative moves she did on stage the minute they showed her daughter was in the audience. At two years old, she doesn’t understand what she’s seeing, and I’m not sure I liked that she got to see her mommy grind all over a bench on stage.

I’m being honest. This bothered me more than Anaconda.

There were a lot of legs and booties in the air – and on chairs! I understand that I was privy to some strategic camera shots that perhaps that little girl and live audience weren’t, but I didn’t think it was appropriate for her to see that.

So I will remind myself that she is a performer and I am not one to judge. I have no right to judge either the performance, or her parenting choices. She was getting an award after all and it was a sweet moment to share with her family on the world stage. So I’m happy for her.

The landscape of music is definitely changing, but before we all get up in arms about what those artists are wearing (or not wearing), remember that this has been happening for a long time. Please remember Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and last years’ performance by Miley Cyrus. All have had performances that left people talking and even some that solidified their careers. So enjoy the music for what it is.

That’s the point of an award show, right? Well, I guess there are the actual awards too.

In honour of the Video Vanguard Award winner, I’m going to go back a bit and feature Destiny’s Child 1998 hit Bills, Bills, Bills. This is where I first started liking Beyoncé.

Happy Monday!


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