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MTV VMAs 2011 Performance Grades: Beyonce’s Baby Glow, Gaga the Androgynous, CB’s Teen Spirit, Amy’s Tribute & more [VIDEO]

Aside from Beyonce's huge pregnancy announcement, there was an actual award show that took place last night on MTV. While there were no iconic moments that happened, many of the artists turned in very good live performances. Read on to see who elevated their games and who feel flat.

Aside from Beyonce’s huge pregnancy announcement, there was an actual award show that took place last night on MTV. While there were no iconic moments that happened, many of the artists turned in very good live performances. Read on to see who elevated their games and who feel flat.

BEYONCE “LOVE ON TOP”

Is that a baby glow? Nope, that’s just Beyonce’s regular look. Bey went old-school with this performance for “Love On Top.” Even with the background dancers, this was centered strictly on her vocals over theatrics, something most of her colleagues cannot do. Don’t expect anyone to take her spot even with the baby on the way.

GRADE – B+

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JAY-Z & KANYE WEST “OTIS”

This set wasn’t expected. But with Beyonce giving the VMAs huge pub by announcing her pregnancy, it’s the least MTV can do. Jay and Ye got off to a great start with the pyro effects and stage walk. Funniest thing was someone yet again trying to crash a Jay-Z MTV performance. What would’ve been awesome is if they had come out in that Mad Max Maybach.

GRADE- B

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LADY GAGA “YOU AND I”

You see the confused faces in the audience? I was equally dumbfounded. I didn’t know if that was Gaga, a cracked out Andrew Dice Clay, or K.D. Lang. These types of intros work good on concert tours. Here, it just runs too long. It takes a minute for your mind to get into the song, which was executed well, after that beginning.

GRADE- B+

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CHRIS BROWN “YEAH 3X/PROTECT YA NECK/TEEN SPIRIT/BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE”

I was never a Chris Brown hater, but I can’t say I was much of fan either. Lately though, he’s caught my attention with the music he’s been putting out (Boy In Detention). Anyone who can incorporate classic Wu-Tang and Nirvana into their performances in 2011 is ok in my book. The stage flying took this over the top.

GRADE- A

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PITBULL “GIVE ME EVERYTHING”

This is the first and only performance of the night where my attention started waning. I think most people would have struggled following that Chris Brown set. The song being meh probably didn’t help either.

GRADE- C

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ADELE “SOMEONE LIKE YOU”

Adele has a great voice and she nailed this. All the slick production on this show made her work stand out even more.

GRADE- A

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LIL WAYNE “HOW TO LOVE/JOHN”

Wayne got clowned heavy last night for those leopard print skinny jeans. Mixing the mellow “How to Love” with the hard-hitting “John” was a nice contrast of styles. However, it never quite connected with the audience. It would have come off much stronger if Rick Ross joined him on stage for his part. Overall, not great but not terrible.

GRADE – C-

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BRUNO MARS “AMY WINEHOUSE MEDLEY/VALERIE”

Far as male singers go, Bruno Mars was a good pick for this Amy Winehouse tribute. His voice sounded great and the overall presentation was an excellent nod to Amy’s big band jazz roots from the attire to the swing rhythms. Even Tyler the Creator was loving it. Well done, sir.

GRADE- A

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YOUNG THE GIANT “MY BODY”

Never underestimate the benefit of a lively crowd. The song is nice, but the crowd’s energy in the pit put this on another level. This is the good-natured vibe that results in tipsy girls hugging random people at shows. Extra points for the stage diving.

GRADE- B+

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COBRA STARSHIP “YOU MAKE ME FEEL”

It’s hard for me to tolerate these dance-pop anthems outside of working out. The singing at times is strained but let’s face it, you don’t listen to these songs expecting Patti LaBelle level vocals. I did like how they traveled to different stage areas.

GRADE – B-

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Disagree? Vote on who was your favorite performer on last night’s VMAs!

 

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