Best VMA Performances

The VMAs (Video Music Awards) were this past weekend and I’ve been watching these award shows since I was a little girl (since the TRL days). You know, back when people actually watched music videos. lol

Back in the old days, if I ever knew ‘Nsync or Britney Spears was performing, I’d record those performances (on a VHS tape) and later learn ALL of the choreography. I still know all of their choreography to THIS DAY. #NoShame

I haven’t been keeping up with the more recent VMAs since I’m not crazy about a lot of the mainstream artists of today. The only times my ears would perk up was if MJ, Beyonce, Kanye or Lady Gaga were performing. After I heard that Beyonce was performing this year I decided I had to tune in. #QueenBey

So here are some of my favorite VMA performances over the last few years. Apologies in advance if you see some of the same artists (sorry, not sorry).

 

1. Michael Jackson Medley (1995)

http://dai.ly/x2evqzi

We all miss this man’s artistry, music and performances. This medley was one of the MANY performances that proved he was an ICON. And the VMAs was lucky enough to have the presence of such a legend.

 

2. Britney Spears & ‘Nsync – Baby One More Time/Tearin’ Up My Heart (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh1pIJSPffo

Britney & ‘Nsync’s FIRST VMA performance…and the beginning of many. And how far have they come (well…at least, Britney and Justin Timberlake). Remember when I said I made sure to learn all of the choreography…well I still know this ‘Nsync routine. Please, no judgement. I was 11 years old and clearly had a lot of time on my hands.

 

3. Beyonce – Love on Top (2011)

The BEST pregnancy announcement, EVER! She had a killer performance, per usual and then surprised the whole world by flashing that beautiful baby bump. And to top it off, watching Jay’s reaction and Kanye’s excitement just made it that much better. Definitely one of most memorable VMA performances.

 

4. Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U (2001)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Mg4l3cdcI

This was the moment that Britney Spears really grew up and (in my opinion) had her sexiest performance. Everyone loved her new sound, image, confidence and I was obsessed with her abs. And who could forget her dancing with the live snake!! This was definitely Britney at her prime.

 

5. Lady Gaga – Applause (2013)

Lady Gaga’s costumes and performances never make much sense, but that’s what makes her so unique. This performance was just that. And the more I watch her perform, the more I appreciate her as an artist.

 

6. Madonna – Vogue (1990)

Everyone always talks about Madonna’s Like a Virgin 1984 performance, which I completely understand why. It was shocking, a bit uncomfortable and definitely original. But I enjoyed Madonna’s Vogue performance because it introduced vogue dancing to the mainstream public. And it’s still a popular dance style today.

 

7. ‘Nsync & Michael Jackson – Pop (2001)

There were a ton of popular boy bands around this time. Backstreet Boys, 98º, O-Town, etc. But ‘Nsync always had a special place in my heart and this performance was unlike any other. They had the privilege of sharing the stage VMA stage with MJ, the KING of Pop! Obviously it was a huge deal, and probably every boyband’s dream!

 

8. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott – Opening Medley (2003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTMPBeCXZeQ

This performance includes the CRAZIEST moment in VMA history. But before we get to THAT moment let’s talk about some other things. First of all we have Pop Princess, miss B. Spears entering the stage and paying tribute to Madonna’s Like a Virgin performance. Next, her “rival” Christina Aguilera joins in on the duet. Then Madonna (Queen of Pop) joins the other ladies on stage and things get weird. Out of nowhere Madonna kisses Britney Spears and everyone just loses it. Even Justin Timberlake’s reaction was priceless. Then she kisses Christina….oh yeah, and Missy Elliott also joins the stage.

 

9. Beyonce – Lemonade Medley (2016)

https://vimeo.com/180539452

Wow, just WOW!!! Last, but certainly not least was last night’s 15 minute performance from Beyonce (YEP, 15 minutes). And it was the highlight of the whole night. But are we all that surprised…? I’m certainly not. Beyonce had the vocals, choreography, high production value, and brought the house down. She brought her visual album to life! If anyone doesn’t rank this as one of THE BEST VMA performances in history….then I’m just speechless (and heartbroken). All hail Queen Bey!!!

Beyonce

 

It’s safe the say anything can happen at the VMA’s. If there aren’t any shocking moments then MTV hasn’t done their job. Even though I definitely feel older watching these award shows every year, I’m still happy that the artists I grew up listening to can still bring it and deliver amazing performances.

Throwback Summer Songs of the ’90s

It’s “TBT” (Throwback Thursday) and there’s only a few weeks of summer left! SO….in honor or TBT, I figured I’d post all the the awesome Summer hits of the ’90s. Join me as we walk down memory lane…

“Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey (1990)

I was only 2 years old at the time this song was released. But when I got older and actually remember listening to all of Mariah’s hits, I loved this track. If I’m driving (alone) in the car and this pops up on my iTunes shuffle, you bet I’ll be belting out those pipes. I miss old school Mariah…

 

“(Everything I do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams (1991)

https://vimeo.com/47092274

Before Stewie Griffin of “Family Guy” made his own spoof cover to this song, there was Bryan Adams. He was one of my favorite soft rock singer/songwriters from the ’80s and ’90s. He had the smoothest voice and such heartfelt ballads. So obviously this summer ballad wasn’t any different and #1 on Billboard, back in 1991. And I still love it!

Here’s a snapshot from Stewie Griffin’s music video. lol

stewie griffin

 “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix A Lot (1992)

This song doesn’t have the most appropriate content, but hey, it was the summer hit of 1992. Sir Mix A Lot may have been a one hit wonder, but at least he released one of the biggest songs of the decade. EVERYONE knows this song (even if you don’t like it!) Even Nicki Minaj sampled this song for her “Anaconda” single.

And who could forget the FRIENDS scene where Ross and Rachel are singing this song to their baby girl, Emma! Classic.

Friends

 “That’s The Way Love Goes” – Janet Jackson (1993)

This is one of my favorite Janet songs. It’s so fun, sexy, and cool…so I can see why this was a hit back in ’93. You’ll even find a cameo from Jennifer Lopez, back when she was a fly girl on “In Living Color.”

Another Fun fact: ‘Nsync recorded a cover of this song, which (in my opinion) is just as awesome as the original. They debuted their video during MTV’s Janet Jackson Icon Special. Enjoy 🙂

 

 “Stay (I Missed You)” – Lisa Loeb (1994)

This had that classic ’90s pop/alternative sound. It’s not the most entertaining video, since all you see is Lisa and her cat in an empty loft. But this was everyone’s guilty pleasure. As sappy as this song was, everyone secretly enjoyed it. 😉

 

 “Waterfalls” – TLC (1995)

One of TLC’s best singles and such a deep song, too! UGH, what happened to my good R&B jams?? I miss you!! Now we’re lucky if the today’s music hits have a good message. And my beautiful “Left Eye”, we miss you girl.

 

“Macarena” – Los del Rio (1996)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBYM6g8Tck

This song was played and danced at EVERY PARTY! Birthdays, Sweet Sixteens, Weddings, you name it. No one knew what Macarena meant or what they were singing about, but who cared. “Hey Macarena. AH- AY!”

 

“MMMBop” – Hanson (1997)

Another chorus that didn’t make sense but it was such a good summer jam! I wasn’t a huge Hanson fan myself, but I loved that these brothers wrote their own music and played their own instruments. They were like the modern day Beatles (not really, but close.) And all my friends were in love with them!!

 

“The Boy Is Mine” – Brandy & Monica (1998)

R&B was HUGE in the ’90s, so whoever came up with the idea of making these two ladies collaborate with each other, was a GENIUS. My girlfriends and I were obsessed with this song. We still bust this out whenever we have a random Karaoke night. lol And you really believed that these chicks were fighting over a dude just by watching the sass in this video. I love it.

 

“Genie In A Bottle” – Christina Aguilera (1999)

Christina’s first big hit and the beginning of the Britney & Christina rivalry. I had this album on a CASSETTE TAPE before buying the CD. And now CD’s are ancient. **SIGH**

And I know I’m getting old when I’m hating on the younger generations for covering this song. But seriously, Dove Cameron & Disney really did butcher the song. But my little cousins love the remake! 🙁

Dove Cameron’s “Genie In A Bottle”

 

Now you have a ’90s Summer jam playlist!