MTV’s VMAs: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV
But, alas, here we are.
Mashable was at The Forum in Inglewood, California, for the big awards show, which means, naturally, we got glimpses of many pants-less celebrities accepting silver moon men as symbols of their musical achievements. Here’s what we saw that you (probably) didn’t.
1. More than 5 seconds of crowd-pleasing
5 Seconds of Summer were crowd-pleasers at the MTV VMAs.
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As celebrities took their seats moments before the start of the show, T-Swift and and Katy Perry garnered more than a few excited shrieks from the crowds of humans in the pit in front of the stage. But the biggest screams? Those were saved for 5 Seconds of Summer, the Australian YouTubers turned MTV boy band. Part of the intense reaction may have been attributed to the fact that the crowd on the floor was comprised of 85% females between the ages of 18 and 21, per our unscientific estimates. Also, the guys are “dreamy,” according to an unofficial poll of ladies in the bathroom.
2. Improvisations, ahoy!
Actors Jim Carrey (L) and Jeff Daniels speak onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
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As you might know (and, if not, sorry in advance for crushing your dreams), the words coming out of presenters’ mouths are prewritten. Yes, even that awkward exchange between Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev and Trey Songz during which he came off as a creeper. He was just reading the teleprompter.
But not everyone played by the rules. Jim Carrey improvised that joke about Coachella/Ebola, and he skipped a scripted line about Burning Man. Jeff Daniels attempted to get him back on track by mentioning Burning Man, but the bit continued to go off the rails and Daniels eventually went with the flow (until Carrey tripped and fell, that is). Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler skipped a joke about penises, and, despite her cringe-worthy “thank you for being so white” speech to Taylor Swift, the omission was probably for the better.
3. Stage drama
Usher performs at the 2014 VMAs.
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Being part of the audience is harder work than you might imagine, especially for the people on the ground in front of the main stage. They have to muster enthusiasm after hours of standing, take direction during commercial breaks, and pretend to love every single act that comes on stage. (God forbid getting caught yawning or texting on the teleprompter.) Oh, and sometimes you have to dodge scary moving stages.
So a lot of effort is put into ensuring the audience was safe during tricky stage maneuvers. But there was a glitch: Usher’s gliding stage proved a problem for at least one audience member, who tripped and fell between the moving stage and the stationery one. Luckily, a quick-thinking crew member heroically dodged between the stages and lifted the audience member off the ground before any real danger was present. Phew — that could have been scary.
4, Laverne Cox dancing like no one was watching (before they actually were)
Laverne Cox gets her groove on at the MTV VMAs.
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We’ve all seen the photos and GIFs of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox’s sick dancing moves. But you didn’t see her dancing for several minutes in the dark before the cameras turned their lenses her way. Someone is giving in-crowd dance master Taylor Swift a run for her money.
5. A Beyoncé performance edited for TV
Not feeling this Beyonce medley. JT’s last year was much better so far. Sleepy. Bring it up a notch, B! #VMAs
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) August 25, 2014
The Internet — nay, the world — is obsessed with Beyoncé. But Queen B actually took quite some time to pump up the crowd at The Forum, at least on the right side of the stage, which was filled with many industry professionals. It wasn’t until “Partition,” which took the singer off center stage and closer to the audience, that the house crowd seemed to start jamming. Watching the performance on TV, though, you’d think she was on fire from the moment she set her sparkly stiletto on stage.
It makes sense that her set would be tailor-made for TV with tons of close-ups and beautifully artistic direction, since that’s how most of the VMAs audience would see her performance. But for those watching live from the upper wings? It wasn’t quite the performance of the night. (Don’t call the Beygency.)
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