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Old 09-07-2008, 10:49 PM   #106
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The only notable thing was that Britney finally won a VMA. I guess she never had before.
Really? Wow, I find that really surprising.

How is Russell Brand? Is he funny?
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:49 PM   #107
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Ah okay. Did I miss any classic artists from the 80s or 90s? For the past 15 or 20 min it's been all current hip hop/top 40 whatever.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:53 PM   #108
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They're not doing any real flash backs. The only nod to previous performances is the house band is having various singers come up and do snippits of covers. That's all. And those performances aren't really featured or shown in their entirety.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:57 PM   #109
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So it's the 25th anniversary and no classic artists?? Wow, what a waste of time! I'm glad I didn't tune in earlier.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:11 PM   #110
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So it's the 25th anniversary and no classic artists?? Wow, what a waste of time! I'm glad I didn't tune in earlier.
MTV's target demographic wasn't even alive when Madonna performed in 1985.

Their demographic wasn't even alive in 1989.

One can't help but feel they're watching the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS instead of the 2008 MTV VMAs.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:14 PM   #111
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Kid Rock started singing Werewolves of Alabama and I turned the TV off! Put on some classic Floyd to rid my brain of that crap!
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:14 PM   #112
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MTV doesn't really care about music history. They could invite past performers back, but why, they're not relevant according to MTV and they're no longer profitable. So it makes sense for them to get current hip and disposable performers to cover legendary songs because these current performers are recognizable by the 14-18 year old demographic MTV caters to and wants.

It's silly for MTV to have an award show for a concept they helped pioneer and then killed when it was abandoned for regular TV broadcasting.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:22 PM   #113
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I'm going to have to Youtube 80s and 90s VMAs after work tomorrow. MTV should be ashamed of what they've become.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:26 PM   #114
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The thing I don't get is... surely there's gotta be young people and even teenagers that are into good new music as well as classic artists! Why can't MTV try to cater to them??? I guess most kids listen to crap!?
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I really like them this year!!!
Lil wayne holy crap he makes me hott lol
I think britt only got those cause people wanted to see if she was gonna go mental or something lol, and because her songs are kinda addicting lol and christian has lost so much weight and her boobs shrunk lol
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:28 PM   #116
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The thing I don't get is... surely there's gotta be young people and even teenagers that are into good new music as well as classic artists! Why can't MTV try to cater to them??? I guess most kids listen to crap!?
If I have to guess....it's because of the internet. The kids with good taste in music...they can d/l what they want whenever they want....they can watch whatever video they want - past, present, future - on youtube whenever they want. I'm guessing that changes the business model for businesses like MTV and VH1. But that doesn't mean they have to just give up like they have.

I remember when Kurt Loder and John Henson actually had some credibility.
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You guys need to stop drinking so much Haterade.

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Old 09-07-2008, 11:29 PM   #118
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If I have to guess....it's because of the internet. The kids with good taste in music...they can d/l what they want whenever they want....they can watch whatever video they want - past, present, future - on youtube whenever they want. I'm guessing that changes the business model for businesses like MTV and VH1. But that doesn't mean they have to just give up like they have.

I remember when Kurt Loder and John Henson actually had some credibility.
I guess they made Kurt stay in the home this year, guys.
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When good, meaningful music becomes profitable again, MTV will capitalize on it, and then over expose it (see 1992 the year grunge broke) and then move on. MTV, to their credit, has always been about the youth culture anyway. But honestly, if you are over the age of 25 and watched tonight's show you couldn't help but feel old and out of touch. This is the age of young, rich hollywood, TMZ and instant gratification. I couldn't help but felt the musicians played second to the celebrities that were involved with the show. And maybe because Viacom owns everything, I felt like I was watching the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards.
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I need to remember the better days

YouTube - madonna - express yourself 1989 mtv awards

YouTube - U2 - Please (Live @ Mtv Video Music Awards, 1997)

YouTube - Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (Live from the VMA's 2002)

YouTube - Nirvana - Lithium (LIve MTV VMA 1992)

YouTube - REM - Everybody Hurts / Drive (Live VMA's 1993)

YouTube - The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight Live , MTV 1996

YouTube - Bon Jovi - 1989 VMA's

YouTube - Pearl Jam - Jeremy
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