The show seemed unsure of how dark to go, whether or not the audience needed colorful abstraction or tasteful activism. Photo: MTV/YouTube Drama is the beating heart of MTV's Video Music Awards , a show whose most memorable moments have come out of plopping an unusual cast of characters in the same room with drinks and entertainment and luxuriating in the chaos the mix of big egos and beef produces. The cast delivered, from Nirvana clowning Guns N' Roses singer, Axl Rose, onstage at the 1992 show, to the awkward exchange between Courtney Love and Madonna during the 1995 preshow, to Diana Ross jiggling Lil' Kim's breast while a wobbly Mary J. Blige watched in 1999, to Taylor Swift and Kanye West's showdown in 2009. As the cable channel eased off its role as a mover and shaker in music — and reruns of Ridiculousness , Teen Mom , and Catfish usurped the lengthy blocks of videos the network built its reputation on — the VMA broadcast has become a game of catch-up and a reminder that MTV hasn't entirely forgotten what the M in the name stands for. In a pandemic, the madcap artist interactions and shady crowd reaction… Read full this story
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