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THE VMAs RECAP: Beyonce Bumps, Chris Brown High, Bruno Takes Cover, More

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THE VMAs RECAP: Beyonce Bumps, Chris Brown High, Bruno Takes Cover, More

In what is being hailed one of MTV’s best awards shows in years, musicians and actors of all genres came together last night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Complete with stunned award recipients, quirky fashion, powerhouse performances, and a touching tribute for the late Amy Winehouse, the 2011 Video Music Awards had it all!

Despite all MTV had to offer, the show was somewhat eclipsed by Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement. Twitter, Facebook, the blogosphere, and every other media outlet were ablaze when the news broke. One of the most talked about moments of the night came after Beyonce’s ‘Love on Top’ performance when she began rubbing her baby bump in front of the packed auditorium. The camera immediately cut to a shot of the father-to-be who had the biggest smile on his face. The crowd went wild!

Bey’s performance wasn’t the only big performance of the night. Dressed in a crisp all-white suit, Chris Brown was a dance machine as he soared through the air (literally) while singing a medley of ‘Yeah (3x)’, Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Protect Ya Neck’, Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Beautiful People’ – very Cirque De Soleil! Not to be outdone, hip-hop giants Jay-Z and Kanye West gave a surprise performance of their new hit ‘Otis’. Despite a random fan jumping on stage and having to be escorted off by security, the chemistry the two ‘Watch the Throne’ hitmakers had last night was undeniable. Semi-foe of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne closed the VMA’s by putting a rock-inspired twist on his most current hits. He even attempted to smash his guitar at the end of his set.

However, arguably the most touching performance of the night came as Bruno Mars sang Amy Winehouse’s rendition of ‘Valerie’ as a tribute to the fallen musician. Proceeded by a brief introduction from Russell Brand who spoke about the seriousness of substance abuse and then a word from the iconic Tony Bennett about the superstar, it was beautiful to see her remembered through such a amazing performance.

Showing that you don’t need two working legs to captivate an audience, Jessie J sat majestically on her throne and sang her rendition of music’s most recognizable jams going into each commercial break. Other highlights include Lady Gaga opening up the VMA’s as her famed alter ego Jo Calderone. Surprisingly, Gaga stayed in character all night even when presenting Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award. Gaga passionately said, “When you’re a struggling artist, literally starving for your dream, you got to live off inspiration,” she added, “One of my biggest inspirations was Britney Spears. Britney taught me how to be fearless.”

Congratulations to this year’s winners! For the full list check below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Katy Perry, “Firework”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

BEST NEW ARTIST
Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Justin Bieber, “U Smile”

BEST COLLABORATION
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Foo Fighters, “Walk”

BEST POP VIDEO
Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

BEST DIRECTOR
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep” (Director: Sam Brown)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

BEST EDITING
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

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