Video Music Awards: The Awesome and the Awful

The MTV Video Music Awards took place last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” earning two top trophies for Video of the Year. Other big winners included Bruno Mars, whose “Locked Out of Heaven” was named Best Male Video, Taylor Swift, whose “I Knew You Were Trouble” won the Best Female Video award, and One Direction, whose “Best Song Ever” earned Song of the Summer honors. Other awards went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Best Hip-Hop Video, “Can’t Hold Us”), Selena Gomez (Best Pop Video, “Come and Get It”), and P!nk (Best Collaboration, “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess).

THE AWESOME

Thanks to Justin Timberlake for showing the pop music industry that the way to become a superstar is by showing off actual talent. He performed for well over 10 minutes, including this much anticipated reunion with NSYNC

THE AWFUL

Other than JT's performance, the show was generally awful. Many so-called entertainers would rather get people talking about them by being shocking and provocative. Miley Cyrus, for example, would be better served spending time in a dance -studio learning moves rather than dreaming up ways to make us want to puke. I talk more about this in the podcast above. Here's a short sample: