The 2009 Video Music Awards aired on MTV last night. I still question why MTV has an award show for music videos since the network rarely plays videos; the last time I saw a music video on MTV, it was a short clip being played on a split screen during the credits of a reality show.
Out of the three most memorable moments from last night’s show, two involved Talyor Swift. Kanye West lost a lot of respect after he rudely interrupted Taylor’s first-ever VMA acceptance speech. On the opposite end, Beyonce gained more respect after allowing Taylor to finally have her moment. The show began with a touching speech from Madonna and a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Madonna gives a beautiful tribute to the late Michael Jackson:
In the Uncool Moment of the show, Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video:
In the Classiest Moment of the show, Beyonce wins Video Of The Year and gives her acceptance moment to Taylor Swift:
One of my friends sent me a short video earlier today. I can not confirm the information, but my friend claims this video is a Pepsi commercial from Brazil.
The moving video is a combination of a younger Michael Jackson and an older Michael Jackson.
Watch the video:
How big was the death of Michael Jackson? Since his passing on Thursday afternoon, Michael has been the main news story. At the same time on Friday night, I counted seven cable news networks discussing his death and one major network airing a tribute show. Today is Sunday, and Michael is still the focus of all news programs.
In one way or another, I feel Michael has impacted everyone’s life. Whether you tried to dance like him once or enjoyed listening to one of his songs, he will always be a part of pop culture throughout the world.
When I was a small child, one thing I wanted was a sequence glove. I remember hearing a rumor in elementary school that a certain retail store was selling the infamous glove; when I called the store to find out if the rumor was true, the employee on the phone thought I was crazy. My wonderful mom eventually made me a glove.
I can still remember watching Michael dance during the 1984 Grammy Awards, throwing his hat and doing the moonwalk across the stage. I was in awe watching him glide across the stage. To me, this is the night Michael became the King Of Pop. By the way, “Thriller” won a Grammy for Album Of the Year that night.
I did not have cable television while growing up, so I could only watch MTV at my neighbor’s house. Fortunately, NBC had an hour and a half show called “Friday Night Videos” that would air after “The Tonight Show” each week. I remember staying up hoping to see videos by Michael Jackson and Madonna. “Beat It” was the first music video to air on the television show’s debut, and the “Thriller” music video was shown for the first time in the world on “Friday Night Videos.”
I can remember drinking a Pepsi, because Michael did in a commercial.
I remember putting together a small fireworks show for my family on July 4, 1985 at my grandparents’ lakehouse, and trying to set my show to music with my tape recorder. My show had to end with the song “We Are The World.”
I remember one of my two favorite whammies on the game show “Press Your Luck” was the Michael Jackson whammy; my other favorite was the breakdancing whammy.
I remember learning to breakdance. When teaching myself how to moonwalk, my childhood friend David helped me perfect the move by showing me how to push off correctly with each step.
I remember being at a record convention in 1994 and finding an original 45 of the single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” for $5. This song is a must-own for any DJ.
In one of my posts from January, I ranked Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl halftime show as the third best, ever.
If you have any memories you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment on this post.
Michael, thank you for the wonderful music and memories.
Watch Michael Jackson perform “Billie Jean” at the 1984 Grammy Awards:
Watch the whammies from “Press Your Luck” (sorry about the quality):
Ed McMahon 1923-2009
Ed McMahon passed away on June 23. He was best known as the announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Ed’s comedic timing and chemistry with Johnny has always made him a talk show legend in my mind.
Ed co-hosted telethons, blooper shows, and was the face of Publishers Clearing House. He was also the host of “Star Search,” which was a popular television show that paved the way for talent shows such as “American Idol,” “Last Comic Standing,” “So You Think You Can Dance?,” and “America’s Next Top Model.” Contestants on “Star Search” performed in front of several judges while competing in an entertainment category such as vocalist, comedy, dance, and spokesmodel.
Here is a short video tribute from “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” for Ed McMahon:
Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009
Farrah Fawcett passed away on June 25. I feel she was most famous for her role in the television show “Charlie’s Angels.” Farrah left the popular show after the first season, but she did return for several guest appearances. Farrah will be known as a model and an actress in both television and movies.
The one memory I have of Farrah is when my uncle gave me her poster when I was a small boy. After my family and I went to visit my aunt and uncle for the day, I remember we were in the car about to leave. My uncle told us to wait for a minute and he ran inside. He returned a minute later and handed me a rolled-up poster of Farrah; he had a sly grin and let out an evil laugh toward my parents as if to say he has corrupted me.
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25. Michael is beyond legendary status in the music industry, and I will have to write a separate article soon.
This is my first post for Music Monday. Yes, I have decided that if I want to write about music, then I will try to write on a Monday. Why? Because it sounds better than Music Wednesday. I can not guarantee that all of my posts about music will be on a Monday due to a few difficulties that are imposed with this new theme; for example, new music is released on Tuesdays.
The legendary Bruce Springsteen will be performing at the Super Bowl this year. Unfortunately, Super Bowl halftime performances can be hit or miss. This has led me to ask myself the question: what was the best Super Bowl halftime show? I have narrowed it down to a list of the top 3 best performances based on my memory; the videos were found after I wrote this.
#3: During the mid-1980′s, Michael Jackson was in his prime. His music career hit another high in the early 1990′s when the album Dangerous was released with the hit song “Black or White.” In 1993, Jackson performed at the Rose Bowl during Super Bowl XXVII. The most memorable part of the performance was the beginning when Jackson stood still while everyone wondered if he would sing.
#2: The performance by U2 during the Super Bowl XXXVI E-Trade Halftime Show was very moving as it included a tribute to the 9-11 victims. The Edge’s guitar riff at the beginning of “Where the Streets Have No Name” always seem to give me chills, but the feeling was intensified when the riff was played at the New Orleans Superdome in 1992.
#1: From Dolphin Stadium in 2007, Prince performed a medley of his hit songs during the Super Bowl XLI Pepsi Halftime Show. As it rained on him, Prince threw in several cover songs including “Best Of You” by the Foo Fighters and Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” before closing the show (appropriately) with “Purple Rain.” Every time I watch this entire performance, I am reminded that Prince does not receive enough credit for being a great guitarist.