Stargazing: An Outsider’s Look Inside the Video Music Awards

Stargazing: An Outsider’s Look Inside the Video Music Awards

by Jenna Goldfarb
09.15.2009

For 25 years, the MTV Video Music Awards has dominated pop culture by bringing celebrities together for a night of madness and mayhem.  The award show that has always featured MTV icons has also become home to the most shocking moments ever seen on any award show.

People who idolize those icons live for the annual September show that gives them a mix of all-star performances with friendly competition. Ever since I started watching the VMA’s, I was one of those people.

Last night, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I made my way through the crowds and into the infamous fan pit. The fan pit is where the selected “outsiders” surrounded the stage and got to spend the night up close and personal with MTV superstars.

From the pit I witnessed everything that went on from the stage to the bar. It was the ultimate stargazing experience. Pushing my way to the stage, I was able to lock eyes with heartthrobs Chase Crawford and Robert Pattinson.

After shaking hands with Jay Z, Eminem and Jimmy Fallon, I focused my attention on Amanda Bynes, who was dancing during the commercial break while sipping on the two drinks she had in her hands. I couldn’t help but watch her date trying to calm her down. When Green Day took the stage, I made it my business to get as close to them as I possibly could. Being that they are my favorite band, nothing was holding me back, not even my dress that could have easily fallen down as I pushed towards them. Soon after I made my way to the front, Billie Joe invited people from the pit onto the stage. As security was trying to hold us back, I look up and see that one of my friends had beat me to it as she was rocking out to one of her favorite songs.

Commercials were the time when the celebs made their way around the hall to mingle and to grab a few more drinks. During the breaks, Perez Hilton, Hollywood’s gossip queen, made it his business to get around to everyone and check out whom they were wearing and whom they were with. He often ended up next to his best friend Lady Gaga, who won her first moon man.

But of course, the one thing that everyone left talking about was the Taylor Swift-Kanye West debacle, which sent the awards to its first unscheduled commercial.

As Taylor was called up to accept her award, Kanye who happened to be sitting two seats away from Beyoncé, ran on stage and went on to say that he was happy for Taylor but that Beyoncé had "one of the best videos of all time." What a lot of people don’t know is that while the station went to commercial, Kanye proceeded to talk up Beyoncé and gave the audience the middle finger all before he was escorted out of Radio City. Beyoncé soon followed, as she was embarrassed on behalf of Kanye’s behavior.

Later on, Beyoncé made up for Kanye’s mistake, when she won the award for Best Video of the Year for "Single Ladies.” She called on Taylor to have her moment. That will soon be known as one of the VMA’s most memorable moments.

All in all it was a great show full of outstanding performances including the finale by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

As the two performed, everyone was dancing in the aisles. Near the end of the song, Lil Mama walked up to Beyoncé asking her go on stage with her to help end the performance. When Beyoncé declined, Lil Mama danced her way into the performance. When she noticed that Jay-Z and Alicia were ignoring her, she headed for the stairs.

Whether you were in the pit or lucky enough to have a seat, MTV still left the stars shining all night long.

 

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