Students find VMA’s fun but juvenile
Award season kicked off on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. with MTV’s Video Music Awards leaving most students eager for something better.
While most students felt it didn’t compare to other award shows, many enjoyed Thursday’s production.
Rihanna’s elaborate opening of her song, “Cockiness,” featuring A$AP Rocky, was a favorite among Seton Hall students.
“She had most energy out of everyone who performed,” freshman Zhamirah Sheppard said.
Similarly, sophomore Fatimah Irving’s favorite part of the VMAs was Rihanna’s performance because it showcased A$AP Rocky. “He’s like an underground rapper who was finally about to get love,” she said.
Following Rihanna’s performance, comedian Kevin Hart unconventionally introduced himself as the host of the show by pointing out the “mistakes” that celebrities made throughout the year, including Drake and Chris Brown’s feud, Snooki’s new baby and Kristen Stewart’s cheating scandal.
Students also favored performances by One Direction, who won three awards, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift.
Many students, including Sheppard, did not like the pre-show, which showcased a timeline of different celebrities’ VMA moments and a performance by Demi Lovato.
“The pre-show was boring,” Sheppard said. “Normally it’s pretty good.”
Freshman Morgan Lubbe described the VMAs as the “teenager of all award shows,” but likes the way the audience has a say in who wins.
“The VMAs come in last place to the Grammy’s and BET Awards,” Sheppard said. “It’s kind of mediocre.”
Freshman Chrissy Koestler also said that she likes the Grammy’s better than the VMA’s.
Even though the VMAs is not her favorite award show, junior Vania Iscandan said she still watches it.
“Something crazy usually does happen, so I look forward to it,” Iscandan said.
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