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Exclusive Report from the MTV Video Music Awards

Greenday, Gwen and Greenday's Tre Cool

Green Day cleaned house today at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards (see my photos of the event here). The punk-pop trio won an impressive seven awards at the show, included "Best Video" and "Viewers' Choice." I attended the event and had a chance to speak with Green Day, Diddy, Kelly Clarkson, Brandon and Ronnie of the Killers, Amerie, Paris Hilton, Heatherette and a bunch of other artists about music and gay fans. I'm still in the process of getting my notes and tapes organized to write one coherent story with some hot, exclusive quotes and interview audio for this blog.

This year's show was a well-produced extravaganza that did not leave much room for any spontaneity (besides 50 Cent's feuding with Fat Joe at the end of his set). Diddy did a mediocre job hosting the event. My main criticism is that he put himself too much in the spotlight. This show is a celebration of music videos, not a Diddy lovefest. MTV should consider bringing back a comedian to host the show.

Performances by Kanye West, Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson left a lasting impression. R. Kelly's "In The Closet" was a terrible performance that was not broadcast-worthy.

The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" was taped last Monday at Hotel Victor in South Beach. I would have preferred to see the guys bring it live on the mainstage. The Killers' win for "Best New Artist" is well-deserved and was one of the evening's biggest surprises. The Vegas foursome was overjoyed and a little giddy (or drunk?) when they took questions from the press after their win. Newly-wed Brandon Flowers appeared on the White Carpet with his wife. (The band appeared on the press stage with a very drunk reality star who was swiftly escorted away.)

The news about the shooting of rap mogul Suge Knight at Kanye West's private bash on Saturday night was ignored by most artists involved. West refused to speak with the press during the event to avoid questions.

So later more. For now, I have a Flickr photo album with some exclusive photos of the event. I was trying to cope with a tape recorder and a digital camera so what I managed to get are some snapshots of the event. I was not allowed to make photos in the press room, but when Green Day showed up I made some photos anyway. I was also able to do something special for fellow blogger Trent...

Stay tuned for more.

August 29, 2005 in Kanye West, Special Reports | Permalink


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what a great report, arjan. looks like a good time.

Posted by: scott at Aug 29, 2005 11:16:13 AM

diddy or whatever he is called now was sooo lame.

Posted by: twilite at Aug 29, 2005 11:17:25 AM

every year I am less interested in that show. Could I be getting old? I didn't watch last year's show and I won't watch this one either. Esp with Diddy. Ick.

Posted by: xolondon at Aug 30, 2005 5:01:41 AM

Thanks for the cool report.

P.S. The band's name is Green Day. Two words.

Posted by: just another reader at Aug 30, 2005 9:19:37 AM

Twilite - You're right, it does get worse every year. It's gotten so over the top that the show and performances can't meet the hype. R Kelly should be banned from the stage - when M.C. Hammer shows you up it's time to hang it up....

Posted by: Tropico at Aug 30, 2005 12:54:46 PM

The show certainly underscored the pathetic shape the recording business is in. Green Day, Killers, & Coldplay at least showed some artistic credibility. It's really sad that rock 'n roll has come to this. No wonder ringtones are a hot commodity. But I must know...who was the drunk reality TV guest with the Killers?

Posted by: JonJon at Aug 30, 2005 4:01:34 PM

Do the Killer's seem genuine and awestruck when you talk in person to them? I gather that from other interviews that the fame is still something that they have not grasped. Just wondering for your take

Posted by: Ethan at Aug 30, 2005 5:32:09 PM