Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari help make the case for watching Sunday's VMAs
If you aren't convinced that this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards are worth your time, I'm here to help. The fact that MTV only plays music videos during the credits for reality shows and times when only nocturnal creatures are awake makes this awards ceremony seem kind of silly. But with the popularity of YouTube and other video-sharing Web sites, musicians are still bothering to put out great videos, despite limited MTV airtime. I actually think this year's show has a few promising moments in store. So allow for me, if you will, to make a case for watching the 2010 VMAs.
I'm not a fan of Handler's late-night talk show on E!, but at least her shock-happy brand of humor will keep the show interesting. The comedian is known for her outrageous statements and dry wit. She's already thrown out a pretty silly, tongue-in-cheek statement about Justin Bieber that indicates she's not afraid to target any star, no matter how big. I'm also glad to see a female comedian get a chance at hosting the show. Believe it or not, the "Chelsea Lately" host is only the second woman to run the show solo (Roseanne Barr was the first.)
Stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari has a way of making fun of celebrities without seeming overly cruel or annoying. Ansari hosted the MTV Movie Awards, a gig that got generally positive reviews, and is one of the best part's of NBC's "Parks and Recreation." Vulture, citing a source close to the show, is reporting that Ansari will introduce Kanye West's much-hyped performance. I really hope this is true. Ansari and West are real-life hang-out buddies as demonstrated in this very amusing anecdote to David Letterman. Bottom line: He's the only person who can make fun of Kanye West in the right way.
Jokes about the Kanye West-Taylor Swift debacle
Despite West's recent Twitter-pology for his terrible behavior at the 2009 VMAs, Taylor Swift has yet to respond, dashing Handler's hopes for a reunion on Sunday. Jesse Ignjatovic, executive producer of this year's show, told the Associated Press flat out that there will not be a reunion between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Of course their first onstage meeting -- when West stormed the stage as Swift was accepting the award for best female video of the year -- was so shocking, it cannot be duplicated, so what's the point? Still, we'll have more than just jokes about the West-Swift incident. We'll also get to watch the reaction shots of West and Swift's faces. Is this cruel? Maybe. Entertaining? Big time.
Besides Ansari, there are a gaggle of great presenters this year including some of the "Glee" kids, the "Jersey Shore" cast and Cher. Cher, you guys! I realize a lot of people can't stand the "Jersey Shore" crew, but they can always be depended on to say and do inadvertently hilarious stuff. And, come on, how adorable is the cast of "Glee"?
Lady Gaga (of course)
While I remain unconvinced that Lady Gaga's music is worth all the attention, the megastar knows how to put on a show. Gaga is nominated for 13 awards, including best female video for her Beyonce collaboration,"Video Phone," so she's bound to get an opportunity to make a speech -- which she is so excellent at. She also is quite the dresser. Heck, it's worth it just to see her what contraption she'll have on her head!
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Sarah Anne Hughes
| September 10, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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