The best VMAs in years opened on a somber note with a poignant tribute to the late Michael Jackson, the King of Pop who pioneered the video music era. Madonna began the tribute with a moving speech about her relationship with the singer. Jackson clones dressed in some of Michael’s famous outfits recreated his classic dance moves from his videos. Sister Janet Jackson recreated the moves from “Scream,” the only video the siblings performed together.
There were several memorable performances — an eccentric Lady Gaga, a high-flying Pink, Beyonce and the single women, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys toasting New York City. They’re all worth watching again.
There was a wide range of winners… and thankfully, Kanye West was shut out.
BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST MALE VIDEO
“Live Your Life,” T.I. featuring Rihanna
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
BEST POP VIDEO
“Womanizer,” Britney Spears
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“We Made You,” Eminem
BEST ROCK VIDEO
“21 Guns,” Green Day
BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)
“Sabotage,” Beastie Boys
BEST BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
“Lessons Learned,” Matt and Kim