(7:55- RUCKER): I've gotta say, Taylor Swift is really good at her red carpet correspondent job. Very natural.
(7:58- RUCKER): TWO MINUTES! I'm kinda skeptical of Britney's "comeback to the MTV stage" because that doesn't really tell that she's necessarily performing. What if she's just presenting or something? Or just eating a chicken wing on stage or something. That would be such a ripoff!
(8:00- RUCKER): BRITNEY LOOKS NORMAL!!!
(8:04- RUCKER): Britney pretty much got through her "opening" of the VMAs, which was really just her speaking one line of text. Her only stumble was on the word "anniversary" when she said "anniversity." But who cares. She's back!
(8:05- RUCKER): The venue for the awards, a sound stage at the Paramount Studios lot, is shockingly small. At least for the VMA's. But no one asked for my opinion.
(8:06- RUCKER): My friend Logan just asked if Rihanna's performance was really just Festival of the Lion King (a show at Disney's Animal Kingdom), referring presumably to Rihanna's entrance on some sort of giant Pride Rock-looking contraption.
(8:08- RUCKER): I have NO clue who "Russell Brand" is, other than the apparent male version of Amy Winehouse...
(8:11- RUCKER): Oh, Russell has now pleaded with us to elect Barack Obama... for the good of the world. Thank you Russell. Yes, let's please take our political cues from this cracked out man.
(8:14- RUCKER): This is REALLY classy so far MTV! Good job with this "Russell Brand!" He's also mocked the Jonas Brothers about 400 times for their commitment to remain pure until marriage.
(8:19- RUCKER): Britney just won her first Female Video of the Year award for "Piece of Me."
(8:25- RUCKER): I was just more entertained by that Schlotzsky's commercial than I have been by the VMAs so far.
(8:29- RUCKER): Chris Brown won Best Male Video for "With You." Ehh- I agree.
(8:36- RUCKER): The Jonas Brothers just performed "Love Bug" on the backlot and it was pretty good, which is more than I can say for this Seinfeld/Bill Gates Microsoft commercial... I don't get it.
(8:39 - URBAN): I'm here! And can I please just say that I DON'T like Katy Perry's song but I LOOOOOVE Russell Brand. Also... Michael Phelps... what a stud.
(8:41 - URBAN): I love this song ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), but not this cover. Boo on this woman whose name I didn't catch. ... I should probably know more about music to be allowed to live blog the VMAs...
(8:44 - URBAN): Um, when every other word is bleeped out, my enjoyment of the song is hindered. You see, I enjoy hearing words. Call me crazy.
(8:48- RUCKER): What is with these CA-RAZY graphics for the nominees?
(8:50 - URBAN): I know... the graphics are nuts. Also, has anyone pointed out the irony of still having an awards show for music videos when MTV doesn't show them anymore?
(8:51 - URBAN): Having people accept awards in the aisles is as ghetto as it was when the Oscars did it a few years ago and everyone said it was lame. VMAs, you are not the Oscars.
(8:53- RUCKER): I know right? It is pretty ghetto. And apparently the Pussycat Dolls thought they were receiving an Academy Award cuz they thanked like 4,000 people.
(8:56 - URBAN): Well, I'm okay with them getting their moment in the limelight. It's not like they're going to win many more awards ever again.
(8:58- RUCKER): Why does the Twilight girl look like she wants to kill me?
(8:59 - URBAN): Probably because she wants to kill everybody because she is attacked by insane fan girls on a daily basis. Poor kid. And... um... I loved Russell Brand in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," but he's not a great host. His humor doesn't suit the gig- he just seems NUTS.
(9:02- RUCKER): I'm just gonna get it out there that I'm really excited for Rock of Love Girls Charm School AND Paris Hilton's My BFF. I'm not ashamed.
(9:05 - URBAN): That being said... I'm appalled that Paris Hilton can't even convey talent or emotion in the commercial for her own television show.
(9:09- RUCKER): Agreed. But I think she was actually kinda funny in this video she did for Funny or Die...
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(9:11 - URBAN): Linkin Park wins Best Rock Video for the least Linkin Park-ish song ever. But at least they liked "Transformers."
(9:14 - URBAN): Pink is still around? Huh. I remember rocking one of her albums in high school. Flashback to AwkwardSam!
(9:15- RUCKER): Do you think this is a statement to her ex husband? Or am I just looking into it too much..
(9:19 - URBAN): I don't think that's out of the question. On another note, I like this buffer around the commercials reminding us that we're watching the VMAs and telling us what's coming up next. Is the younger generation so ADD that they might forget what they're watching and change the channel? What else is on for teens on Sunday nights? 'Cause I don't think they go crazy for "Extreme Home Makeover."
(9:22- RUCKER): All I know is that the cast of High School Musical is coming up soon. Finally something to look forward to.
(9:25 - URBAN): Yeah, except for the Disney related acts appearing on the show, I'm kind of shocked about what's been going down, especially considering MTV's younger audience these days. If I were a parent watching this, I'd be very concerned for the future. McLovin getting trashed? What's next?! (P.S. Jordin Sparks totally just dissed Russell Brand for making fun of promise rings. Get it, girl.)
(9:27- RUCKER): I KNOW! GO JORDIN SPARKS! I'm really confused by the content of the show too. Especially considering they were advertising it on The N earlier today with the cast of iCarly, a show aimed at young kids. It's kinda sad. And embarrassing.
(9:31 - URBAN): Since when was the Numa Numa song allowed to be cool again?
(9:38- RUCKER): Notice "the cast of High School Musical" almost never includes Lucas Grabeel or Monique Coleman at appearances? Shout out to them tonight as they're probably watching from their bedrooms! My girlfriend Ashley was looking good though.And now we're treated to a mega-mix of Christina Aguilera lip-syncing. This just keeps getting better...
(9:42 - URBAN): As Russell Brand apologizes in his charming accent, I must note that the Christina performance was amazing. Soooo... final score? Britney: 15. Christina: 1,000,000.
(9:44- RUCKER): OK- I have OFFICIALLY checked out of this "awards show" now. WHO IS TOKIO HOTEL?!?!?! I voted for Miley about a trillion times. There is no way they are the Best New Artist. And could the looks on Chace Crawford and Lauren Conrad's faces been any more completely confused as they mumbled out the words "The award for best new artist goes to... Tok..io... Hotel????" Insane.
(9:50 - URBAN): Oh, Adam. We're hopelessly out of touch. I think my younger sisters know who they are. But now Paris Hilton speaks... and doesn't disappoint as she is unable to find the teleprompter.
(9:58- RUCKER): Oh Paris... speaking of people who probably shouldn't be famous, how excited is Mario Lopez that Dancing with the Stars revived his "career"???
(10:00 - URBAN): ATTENTION EVERYONE: Drake Bell looks like a young Adam Rucker with glasses. Also, when will Kid Rock go away? We get it. You love "Sweet Home Alabama." So do drunken sorority girls, but that doesn't mean it sounds good when they sing it.
(10:10- RUCKER): I have NO idea what you're talking about.(10:12 - URBAN): THEY'RE COUSINS, IDENTICAL COUSINS! Aaaand Britney kinda makes a comeback by winning Video of the Year and making a classy and short acceptance speech. Kanye, take us out.
(10:18-RUCKER): Well that was fun. I wonder if Tyra's proud of her ANTM, Kim, holding hosting duties here at the VMAs.
(10:19 - URBAN): Kim looks sooo good. But what of the show Adam? I give it a So Bad. Not enough of what I wanted to see (Miley, Jonas Bros., HSM kiddos, and bands I've heard of). And Russell Brand, though he has a charming accent, was a pretty awful host. Your take, Rucker?
(10:24- RUCKER): I'm actually gonna give it a Sooo Bad. Could you imagine if some alien planet somehow linked into one of our satellites and only caught the VMAs, what they would think of us? I know that's a way out-there analogy (literally, out in space), but seriously. I'll probably just stick with the Kids Choice Awards from now on.. BUT it's been a blast having Urban&Rucker's first LIVE BLOG together! Let's do it again sometime!
(10:33 - URBAN): Absolutely! Thanks for reading, everybody!
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