One Di­rec­tion found love, screams at MTV VMAS

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Chris Tal­bott

THERE may have been no sig­na­ture mo­ment at this year’s MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, but there was a sig­na­ture sound: the screams of teenage girls wild about One Di­rec­tion.

It stopped just short of a British In­va­sion, but the hunky teens in the boy band won three awards on Thurs­day night’s show and barged in on Ri­hanna’s party.

Ri­hanna kicked off things with a spicy per­for­mance to open Thurs­day night’s show, then ended it by tak­ing the show’s top hon­our, video of the year, for her steamy hit We Found Love.

“Doesn’t my girl Ri­hanna look sexy tonight?” Katy Perry asked the crowd af­ter the per­for­mance.

And the night’s lead nom­i­nee did, show­ing up in a pixie cut and an el­e­gant scoop-backed white dress be­fore chang­ing into a flow­ing red out­fit for her med­ley of new sin­gle Cock­i­ness (I Love It) with rap­per A$AP Rocky and We Found Love.

The cam­era re­turned to the pop star of­ten — ex­cept when it was on One Di­rec­tion, which pro­vided the night’s most screamed-over per­for­mance. The band won best pop video, best new artist and most share-wor­thy video.

The quintet, put to­gether by Si­mon Cow­ell af­ter The X Fac­tor au­di­tions and the first British act to de­but atop the Bill­board 200 al­bum chart, seemed stunned as fans screamed upon an­nounce­ment of their win.

The group per­formed later, ris­ing to a stair­well sur­rounded by scream­ing, reach­ing fe­male fans.

“This has been un­be­liev­able,” Harry Styles said back­stage. “This was our favourite per­for­mance we’ve ever done. For us to be here in the first place is amaz­ing, and to per­form and win a Moon­man is amaz­ing.”

While there was no eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able sig­na­ture mo­ment early on, there were a few in­ter­est­ing sights. Pink floated above the crowd on a pair of over­sized lips as she per­formed her new song Blow Me (One Last Kiss) be­fore Frank Ocean wowed with a som­bre, moonlit ver­sion of his song Think­ing About You. Olympic cham­pion Gabby Dou­glas flipped on stage to new Ali­cia Keys song Girl on Fire, and Tay­lor Swift dove into the crowd af­ter a group sing-along of her new hit We Are Never Ever Get­ting Back To­gether.

Chris Brown pulled off some­thing of an up­set in the best male video cat­e­gory. Ri­hanna’s for­mer boyfriend won for his self-di­rected video Turn Up the Mu­sic, beat­ing out sev­eral top stars, in­clud­ing Drake, who tied Ri­hanna for most nom­i­na­tions with five. Brown also won for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy. M.I.A. was the night’s only other mul­ti­ple win­ner, tak­ing two off-cam­era awards for di­rec­tion and cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

Drake won best hip-hop video for HYFR, which fea­tured Lil Wayne. He talked about his black and Jewish roots grow­ing up in Toronto and his some­times out­sider sta­tus.

“I want to ded­i­cate this award to any kid that’s ever had a long walk home by your­self,” Drake said. “This is for you, man, for real. We made it.”

Host Kevin Hart, who promised no one would be spared his comedic barbs, opened up wounds be­tween Brown and Drake in his open­ing mono­logue, spoof­ing the two for the bar brawl that took place be­tween their en­tourages.

Drake and friends Nicki Mi­naj and Lil Wayne sat stone-faced as Hart joked: “Nip it in the bud, guys. I’m tired of it. Fix it tonight.”

Lil Wayne had one of the night’s most tweeted per­for­mances when he de­buted his heav­ily bleeped new song No Wor­ries.


From left, Sam Kohn, Ken Tiz­zard, Danny Greaves and Joey Serlin in a shot from the Watch­men’s hey­day.

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