Emily Erwin – Entertainment Editor
On Sep.12, the 2010 Video Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s host was Chelsea Handler, better known as Chelsea Lately, making her the second woman to ever host the VMAs, the first being Rosanne Barr who hosted in 1994.
Â The VMAs, broadcasted by MTV, first aired in 1984 as a sort of alternative to the Grammy Awards and often drew in teenage viewers. Other countries such as Japan, Belgium, and Russia also host their own VMAs, while European countries have their own awards. In this case, the regular categories are also included, but there are categories for the best band or artist from a specific country.
Â Lady Gaga made VMA history for having the most nominations for a single year with 13 nominations between “Bad Romance” and “Telephone,” and Eminem coming in second with eight nominations. While she was accepting her award for Video of the Year, Lady Gaga wore a dress made entirely of raw cuts of various meats complete with matching shoes, purse, and hat.
Â “That is strange, even for Lady Gaga,” said Emily Waskiewicz ’13.
Â Lady Gaga also won awards for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Best Dance Music Video.
Â Justin Bieber won the Best New Artist award for his song “Baby” which features Ludacris, and Eminem won the Best Male Artist award for his song entitled “Not Afraid.” British rock band Muse won the award for Best Special Effects for their song “Uprising,” while 30 Seconds to Mars won the Best Rock Video award for “Kings and Queens.” Â
Â As with past VMAs, guest musicians performed some of their songs. Usher performed his popular single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love.” Justin Bieber sang his songs entitled “Baby” and “Somebody to Love” and Linkin Park performed
“The Catalyst,” the latest single from their new album.
Â Some big-names also attended the VMAs as presenters of awards and announcers for performers. Jared Leto and Ashley Greene introduced Florence and the Machine, Cher presented the Video of the Year award, and Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj presented the award for Best Male Video.