The MTV Video Music Awards took place but with the serious lack of presence you may have missed it. Seriously, was everyone else busy? For an evening that is theoretically dedicated to music videos, the final role call on the red carpet felt more like a two hour scroll through TikTok than it did actually a music video.
Perhaps we’re being too harsh. But when even Lil Nas X – who won a handful of awards for his flawless “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow – in full Cher-inspired fashion couldn’t even lift the evening out of the doldrums then you know that something’s amiss.
Given the nature of MTV Music Video Awards targeting a younger audience than, say, the Grammys or even the Billboards, you would think that the young men at the early stages of their game would be popping their best looks for the event paparazzi; experimenting some seriously key designers.
But when Jimmy Fallon turns up on stage wearing a camp collared shirt and somehow manages to show said younger men up, I have cause for concern. And I’m not saying Fallon actually looked good.
Rather, aside from perhaps two or three clear hits, this year’s best dressed men at the MTV Music Video Awards feels more liken the the best of a mid bunch…
LIL NAS X
After disappearing off the internet for a few months, Lil Nas X has returned to take his rightful place as our best on ground for the MTV Video Music Awards. Outrageous? Yes. Over the top? Yes. Camp? Yes. Good for him.
Gimme a green leather tracksuit any day of the week. The 50-year-old Snoop Dogg looks nothing if not forever comfortable.
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This is mostly all about Flea. Who is doing his best Evan Mock impression. Who was, in fact, doing his best Flea impression. A full circle moment for the culture.
A leaf out of the wardrobe of Yves Saint Laurent himself.
Gimme a green crocodile leather suit any day of the week.
No, I’m not taking the piss. If you don’t immediately see the Rex Manning reference being delivered here, that’s your fault and I feel bad for you.