The Five Best Performances from the 2011 VMAS

This entry is based only on my opinion on MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards.

The VMAs were rocking last night and many of music’s biggest stars came out in force to celebrate the crème de la crème of music videos.   But the best parts of the VMAs had to be the performances and the tributes that took place on the NOKIA Theatre Stage in Los Angeles, California.

Here in my personal opinion are the top five performances from last night’s VMAs!

#5:Lady Gaga with Brian May-You and I

When Lady Gaga took the stage as her male counterpart: Jo Calderone and started with a four-minute monologue which transitioned to “You and I.”  Whether you love or hate her, you have to admit: Gaga got guts!  During her performance, Lady Gaga brought fantastic live vocals and smooth dance moves to the VMA opening.  Halfway through the song, Gaga brought out Queen’s Brian May to finish the song and May’s guitar licks took this performance to a level of excellence.

#4: Beyoncé-Love On Top

I only have one word to describe Mrs. Jay-Z’s performance: outstanding!  The former Destiny’s Child lead vocalist nearly stole the show with her incredible vocals and the “I’m Pregnant!” seen all around the world announcement.   Knowles was very energetic throughout the song and at times her voice seemed to push towards the very beginning of Mariah Carey’s high note range.

#3: Jessie J as House Artist

Instead of a house DJ, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards had British singer-songwriter Jessie J as the House Artist.  Jessie J’s vocals were amazing and I wished that MTV had limited commercial breaks so viewers could listen to her more.  My favorite songs from her line-up included “Price Tag,” “Domino” and her covers of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Firework” and “Forget You.”

#2: Bruno Mars-Valerie

During the Amy Winehouse tribute, Bruno Mars took to the stage to see one of the late British Soul Songstress’ signature songs: “Valerie.”  This cover was actually better than the original because of Mars’ up-tempo arrangement.   Another highlight of the song was the doo-wop arrangement that was present in certain part of the songs; it reminded me of listening to the doo-wop sounds of The Four Tops and The Temptations.   Finally, Bruno Mars’ vocals were amazing and I would love to have this cover on my iPod.

#1: Adele-Someone Like You

The best performance of the night had to be Adele’s “Someone Like You.” This Grammy-winning British Soul Singer brought heart and soul to the NOKIA Theatre and received a standing ovation from the audience.  This performance gave me goosebumps and sent chills down my spine.   With all of the spectacles and special effects that went on last night,  Adele proved that you don’t need special effects, acrobatics or flashy costumes to put on a show: you need a powerful and incredible voice.


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