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Last night I worked the VMA’s and it was AMAZING! I was literally 15 feet away from Britney Spears the whole time, shook hands with Dave Grohl, got a high five from Kid Cudi and tossed a smile to Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Whoohoo.
And now is a great time to say that I really don’t care about that kind of shit. I listen to Phish, not Pharrel (is he even relevant anymore?) and you would find me at Burning Man over a Beyonce concert any day.
HOWEVER, I am honest enough to admit, it was still pretty freaking awesome to be so up close and personal with so many of today’s hottest music artists. Side Note- I had actually booked the gig and forgot about it until the night before. I was watching TV with a friend, debating whether or not we wanted to go out and party and I saw a commercial for the MTV’s VMA’s the next day and I was like ‘Oh shit, I can’t go out, I have to work that tomorrow!’ Haha, yeah, really not the kind of thing I get excited about. Only in LA…
The show itself was PHENOMENAL. I’m not sure how it played out on camera as I still haven’t seen the taping (I haven’t seen a taping of the VMA’s since I was 14 for that matter) but actually inside the venue, it was a crazy bumping good time.
I had no idea who was performing or who was going to be there so the entire show was a surprise to me and I have to say, the biggest surprise was who I thought rocked it the most that night. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would even see any of these three guys perform live let alone say that they were my favorite but Kanye West, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne KILLED IT that night.
With the magic of camera angles and fake cheers, Hollywood (and MTV producers) probably made every act last night stellar but from my position, right in between the main stage, the awards stage and the front row of celebs, THOSE three guys were the stars of the night.
And quite frankly, that surprises the shit outta me. Honestly, I thought Kanye was an idiot from the little I have heard about him and his emotional outburst, Chris Brown was some dude who made indefinable Top 40 shit who beat his girlfriend and Lil Wayne (“WHATTT?!!?! YEEEAAHH”) was just annoying as hell… but oh my goodness, can these guys put on a show.
I was mesmerized, I was engaged, I was floored. Kanye was so intense, so real and raw, he put it all out there on stage and it was incredible to watch. Chris Brown was sang his heart out while flying around stage in freaking trapeze gear and Lil Wayne rocked the fuck out with a full band, completely revamping the image of him in my own mind.
It was nuts.
Besides that, it was a really cool perspective to see such influential people in such a real light (I don’t care how much you may or may not like Britney Spears or Katy Perry, you can not tell me that they are not influential.) These larger than life celebrities were sitting there, all dressed up watching other performers do what they do best (perform) and loving it. It was really cool. There wasn’t a feeling of competition or stuck-upness, just honestly, a feeling of comradery and even support between the artists.
And that actually, honestly shouldn’t have been so surprising. I’m going to really quick talk about the Hollywood I know. I moved out here from Virginia to play around in television production and enjoy the fact I can live two hours from the snow and still live at the beach. I love it here, I really do. That being said, people love to talk shit and make it seem like such a fake and scary place (I even talk shit about LA but for different reasons, like how people can’t drive in the rain and how there aren’t gas station signs on highway exit ramps.) There are a bunch of douchebags in Hollywood, that is absolutely true- but there are also a lot of really genuinely nice and fun people here too. It is an EXTREMELY competitive industry but not in a cut throat way, but in a ‘the numbers just sometimes aren’t in your favor’ way.
Concluding my tangent, I had an unexpectedly rockin’ (and eye opening) time at the VMA’s last night. I was even planning on going to the after party and sweet-talked my way into an extra credential to bring a friend. I texted her after we wrapped and told her to throw a black dress and heels and come party but she said she couldn’t because she was celebrating with her friend who won Cupcake Wars last night.
Seriously, my girl couldn’t come with me to the VMA’s after party because she was celebrating with a friend who had just won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Only in LA…
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