2011 VMAs break records
MTV hosted the annual Video Music Awards and set new standards by attracting the largest audience in the network’s history.
A whopping 12.4 million people tuned in to watch the ceremony Aug. 28, ranking it the number one cable telecast of the year among viewers aged 12 to 34.
Amid the eye-catching stage design created by modern angles, celebrities collaborated to create unforgettable moments from beginning to end.
Lady Gaga kick-started the show by singing her newest song “You and I” as her male alter ego Jo Calderone with a solo from rock legend Queen guitarist Brian May.
Beyonce turned heads as she revealed a baby bump underneath her sequined blazer after her high energy performance, and cameras quickly panned to daddy Jay, who was celebrating in the audience with Kanye West.
Other performances included Ne-Yo featuring Pit Bull, Kanye West and Jay-Z, Chris Brown, and two VMA debuts by Adele and Young the Giant.
Famous actor Jonah Hill revealed his new slim physique and handed out the first award to Britney Spears, who bagged Best Pop Video Award.
Later in the show, Spears received the Michael Jackson Award followed by a dance montage of her greatest hits.
The Foo Fighters fans fought for their favorite band to win Best Rock Video, and Nicki Minaj beat out the guys to land Best Hip Hop Video.
West posed no interruptions this year and instead showed himself humble when receiving Best Collaboration with Katy Perry’s song “E.T.”
Justin Beiber proved he can hang with the best by winning Best Male Video, and Lady Gaga took home Best Female Video for her hit “Born This Way.”
The Video of the Year Award went to Katy Perry for “Firework,” and Best New Artist went to Tyler the Creator.
Russell Brand gave a speech in remembrance of the recent death of Amy Winehouse. He also touched on the seriousness of alcoholism as he showed his remorse over the lost talent.
Bruno Mars performed a rendition of Winehouse’s cover “Valerie,” and the cameras flocked to the audience to catch celebrities singing along.
The VMAs ended the show with a performance by Lil Wayne, whose new album debuted in stores the day after the awards ceremony.
Sophomore economics major Michael Reeves explained why the VMAs are most memorable to him.
“I think the performances are one of the best parts and finding out who’s number one of the categories to win the awards, especially when you have great artists who generate awesome music.”