The Video Music Awards took place the other night on MTV and it was interesting to say the least. The first thing I noticed watching this award show is that it’s turned into “who can have the weirdest performance.” There were some really good performances. The ones I liked best were the ones where the point of the performance was to really get the most out of the song, and not just do something weird that would get everyone tweeting about it. I recognize that it’s an award show and it’s supposed to be kind of weird and I don’t want to be that guy that says “well, they used to be so great,” what happened. I think people are starting to grow old of this “act weird” trend and it’s head- ed more toward liking artists and performances that feel genuine. Maybe that’s just what I prefer and it’s not actually the trend but I hope that’s where it’s headed. Another, important thing I guess that came from the award show is that Kanye West announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. This may seem like the craziest thing ever, but then again we currently have Donald Trump as a viable contender to be the next President of the United States. We live in a time where crazy things happen so often that we don’t even bat an eye at them anymore. It definitely keeps things interesting. I wonder where award shows will be in 10 years or if there will even be any. Public perception happens way before the shows ever happen. It’s not like it matters at all who wins these awards, no one’s career is dictated by the outcome, whereas 10 to 15 years ago it may have been. Perception was the real award.
Aaron J. Boma DTHS 2012 Graduate and ISU Senior