Despite the performance by Kanye West and Jay-Z and Lady Gaga dressed as her male alter-ego, Joe, the 2011 MTV VMAs were all about the females. It was a big night for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce – who announced she was pregnant.
She’s outlined a baby bump to photographers after months of speculation she might be pregnant. The former Destiny’s Child singer even managed to outshine Lady Gaga in drag, who picked up two awards and Katy Perry, who won three, including video of the year.
But nobody saw the Beyonce’s pregnancy coming – except her husband, the rapper Jay-Z. Beyoncé, whose hits include “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” first appeared on the red carpet, posed for photographers and used her arms to outline the baby bump her long gown.
She later performed her song “Love On Top,” telling the audience to stand up and saying, “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me.” At the end, she took off her jacket, smiled broadly and rubbed her tummy. In the audience, Jay-Z was congratulated by Kanye West and he gave Beyoncé a big wave.
It will be the first child for the singer and Jay-Z, her husband of three years. Indeed, the couple has had babies on the brain for a while. “I always said I would have a baby at 30,” Beyonce teased on a June 27 appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. The “Best Thing I Never Had” singer turns 30 September 4.
Lady Gaga opened the VMAs singing her song “You and I” and dressed in drag as her male alter ego, Joe Calderone. She stayed in the fictional character throughout the program and accepted awards for best female video and best message video for her song, “Born This Way.”
The other big winner of the night was Perry, who took home video of the year with her triumphant song and video for “Firework.” She also picked up best collaboration for “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, and a minor trophy for special effects with “E.T.”
Katy Perry, who is known for cute and colourful costumes accepted her award with a cube-shaped hat on her head. “I’m very proud of the song, she said. “I feel like I am doing something right when I sing (it).” Other awards went to Justin Bieber for best male video with “U Smile,” and Tyler, The Creator took home the MTV moonman for best new artist with “Yonkers.”
Britney Spears earned the honour of having the best pop video with “Till the World Ends.” She was also given the special honour of the Michael Jackson video vanguard award. Foo Fighters nabbed best rock video and Nicki Minaj, in a bright dress she said was inspired by Tokyo and its Harajuku district, took best hip-hop video for “Super Bass.”
Shut out of the top awards was British singer Adele, who has been topping charts for weeks with her hit album “21” and its singles including “Rolling in the Deep.” But “Rolling” did manage to earn awards in minor categories of art direction, cinematography, and editing.
Highlights included a duet by Jay-Z and Kanye West, singing a song from their new album, “Watch the Throne,” and Lil Wayne closed the show in advance of his new album’s release. [via The Telegraph (UK) and ABC News]