Sure, the image of Britney Spears looking her MOST MAJOR and Selena Gomez looking princess-ish and Jay-Z and Kanye West getting all "own the throne" and pregnant Beyoncé (!!!!) emanating royal radiance at the 2011 MTV VMAs are among the most picturesque images of this year's VMAs. But what about the VMA photos you didn't see... and maybe weren't supposed to see? The red carpet's all about pretty posing, but sometimes celebrities at massive music events either kinda forget that cameras are still on them, or they're probably just used to it and used to internet people like me making photo galleries about them because people like us are normal and basically have no life. The point is, all bets are off once you've stepped away from the step and repeat. Which is why you simply must see the most hilarious, most ridiculous photos from the 2011 MTV VMAs.
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Do you think Beyoncé was like "Hey Cloris Leachman, don't tell anyone, OK, but I... I'm pregnant."
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Britney finally accepts one of Jo Calderone's advances and lets him kiss her. But only because she's a big Lady Gaga fan.
Katy Perry took home Video Of The Year! Lady Gaga showed up as Jo Calderone... and stayed that way for the entire night! Jay-Z and Kanye West surprised us with "Otis"! Beyonce. Is. PREGNANT!!!!! So much epic s*** went down at the 2011 VMAs, and a lot of it you probably didn't see.
Hence, these photos! We've gathered our faves from the red carpet, the live show and behind the scenes, and we're sharing them with you guys because we coo like dat.
Adele's hair on the red carpet was about the same size as her wins at the 2011 VMAs -- MAYJAH.
Katy Perry's all, "Did you guys bring your parasols? Cuz Imma MAKE IT RAIN VMAs on you betches tonight."
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Katy Perry didn't have any explosive live performances at the 2011 VMAs, but her win for Video Of The Year was just one of three for the 26-year-old singer. The extravagant video for "Firework" won the night's top award, while Perry's sci-fi-themed "E.T." with Kanye West snagged Moonmen for Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects.
"It's always exciting to be a part of the VMAs because there's so much spontaneity," she told MTV News. "I just remember growing up seeing craziness ensued with the VMAs. I wasn't allowed to see it, but I done watched it!"
Perry accepted the Best Collaboration award with West, setting up one of the night's most memorable, and uncomfortable, moments. "Now, this is a time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye," Perry said, referencing Swiftgate '09. "Oh my goodness, it's nothing like your first time. Your first Moonman, right?" Perry apparently forgot West already picked up Moonmen for 2005's "Jesus Walks" and 2008's "Good Life." "No, I have one," West politely reminded her.
Perry has been a VMA mainstay since 2008, when "I Kissed A Girl" earned the singer five nominations. Since then, she's performed Queen's "We Will Rock You" with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and racked up 18 total nominations.
After hugging his mom in the audience, the rapper bounded up the stage -- visibly injuring his foot in the process -- and delivered an emotional, profanity-laced speech. "Yo, I'm excited as f--- right now, yo," he said. "I wanted this sh-- since I was nine. I'm about to cry. This is for my little brother Earl [Sweatshirt]. He's not here right now. I really can't believe I'm here right now. I didn't write a thank you speech. I don't know. F---. To all the kids watching, you can do this s---. Thank you."
The rapper proclaimed that all the videos up for Video Of The Year besides his own "sucked" (Adele notwithstanding), and that he would kill himself -- metaphorically, we hope -- if he lost to rival Bruno Mars. The rapper wasn't all hate, though, posting on his Twitter page, "Even Tho We Don't Get Along, The N---- Got Talent" after watching Mars' tribute to Amy Winehouse.
Aside from the win, Tyler and Odd Future engaged in a dance-off with the "Future Beastie Boys" (really Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Seth Rogen) before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop video. No word on if Tyler and Mars did shots together backstage.
Who run the world? Girls! Adele and Katy Perry dominated the 2011 VMAs, picking up a collective seven Moonmen, including Video Of The Year. Perry beat out Beastie Boys and Bruno Mars, among others, to snag the Video of the Year award for her extravagant "Firework" video. The singer also grabbed awards for Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for "E.T.," her collaboration with Kanye West.
Adele's sophomore album 21 continued her conquest of everything. While lead single "Rolling in the Deep" lost for Video of the Year, it grabbed Moonmen for Best Editing, Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Check out the complete winner's list below!
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Lil Wayne showed his soulful, crooner and rocker side with his performances of "How to Love" and "John" at the 2011 VMAs. Normally accompanied by a musical entourage, Wayne began his set solo, crooning the ballad "How To Love" and joined only by a pair of sunglasses, black fedora and black and white cheetah print pants. A radical departure from Wayne's style, the song has become one of the rapper's most polarizing tracks, though tonight's performance was a fairly straightforward rendition of the soft song.
After taking off his shirt, Wayne continued his set with "John," the second single off Tha Carter IV that doubles as a tribute to ex-Beatle John Lennon. While Lil Wayne was predictably bleeped every five seconds, it didn't diminish the impact of the high energy track, which opened with a sample of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" before transitioning into the original hard rock track. The rapper was his usually spirited self, running into the crowd, chest bumping "John" collaborator Rick Ross and donning, and throwing, an electric guitar. 2010's Rebirth may have been Wayne's aborted attempt at rock stardom, but tonight's performance showed that the rapper isn't giving up without a fight.
On the heels of Britney Spears receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award (and almost making out with Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone!), Britney and the VMA audience were privy to a dance tribute dedicated to the music video icon and one of our generation's most influential dancers. And it was a dance tribute done by kids! Awww!
As Britney took her seat in the audience, a group of adorable kids took to the stage and began to dance to a medley of Britney's biggest hits. Together, they took us through a virtual videography, starting of course with Britney's first-ever music video, "Hit Me Baby One More Time," clad in the school girl outfits that helped make Spears a household name. Following "Baby," the medley took on "Oops! ...I Did It Again" (complete with child-size red pleather jumpsuits!), "(You Drive Me) Crazy," "Toxic, "Circus," and "I'm A Slave 4 U." As the tribute drew to a close in front of the widescreen playing all of Britney's videos, the kids performed the moves from one of Brit's latest videos "Till The World Ends."
Britney Spears was seen laughing and smiling throughout the tribute, possibly think of her own children whom she thanked when she accepted her Video Vanguard award, and the rest of the audience sat back and watched as we were reminded what a large presence Britney Spears has had not only at the VMAs over the years, but also on MTV.
In the night's most emotional moment, Bruno Mars, Russell Brand and Tony Bennett paid tribute to Amy Winehouse with an poignant eulogy and two powerful performances during the VMAs. Brand, Winehouse's longtime friend, repeated many of the points he wrote in his stirring tribute to the deceased singer, recounting his first meeting with Winehouse in London and calling her a "peculiar unknowable talent" and an "ordinary girl with extraordinary hair."
Comparing Winehouse to classic jazz vocalists Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Brand told the crowd about hearing her sing for the first time at a Paul Weller concert before discussing the singer's influence on a generation of female vocalists, including Lady Gaga, Adele and "the Mrs." Katy Perry. Brand also discussed finding a solution to the "disease of alcoholism and drug abuse."
Revered singer Tony Bennett, who recently recorded a cover of the jazz standard "Body and Soul" with Winehouse, recalled meeting the singer and recording with her in London's Abbey Studios. "Of all the young artists I've ever met in the last 20 years, she was a pure jazz artist... she had the gift," said Bennett, before showing video footage of the pair in the studio.
The tribute ended with a rousing performance of Bruno Mars covering Winehouse's version of The Zutons' "Valerie." Dressed in a throwback 1960s suit reminiscent of classic Motown singers, Mars retained the funk-laden vibe of Winehouse's version, ad-libbing a "We'll miss you baby" at the end of the track. Few in the crowd would disagree.
You probably expected Lady Gaga to open the VMAs wearing something Latex, sequined, possibly made of real flesh or any combination thereof. But Lady Gaga as we know her didn't attend the VMAs and instead sent her male alter ego, Jo Calderone (or Gaga's ex, to hear Jo tell it) in her stead.
Lady Gaga performed "Yoü & I" fully committed to the character of Jo Calderone, and spent the rest of VMA night in character, wearing baggy black pants and a white t-shirt, sitting slouched over in the front row at the VMAs, presenting Britney Spears and going in for a kiss in character as Jo and even accepting Best Female Video as a guy. No pretty Gaga, no monster claws, no Noritaka Tatehana platforms. Just basic black and white and plenty of sneery male aggression.
So what did you think of Lady Gaga's decision to put away the she and bring out the he to the 2011 MTV VMAs? Were you into Gaga's monologue, gender-bending performance and commitment to character? Or did you miss "the old Gaga"?
Vote in our poll, watch Lady Gaga/ Jo Calderone's VMA "Yoü & I" performance, and watch Jo Calderone accept Lady Gaga's Best Female Video VMA.