Worst: The Fact That an Awards Show Leans So Heavily on a Host
The Academy wouldn't ask this much of Billy Crystal. From the get-go, the most exciting aspect of this year's Video Music Awards was the prospect of "What will Miley do?" It's been two years since the Twerk Seen 'Round the World, and one since she brought a homeless man as her date, so expectations were naturally running high — what, was everyone supposed to get super excited about the Twenty One Pilots and Demi Lovato performances? During the night's pre-show, her short appearance in a Barbarella jumper outshined anything Kelly Osbourne had to say to Rebel Wilson, and during the show it was more exciting to see Miley spar with Nicki Minaj than it was actually to watch Nicki Minaj. The quip that captured everything wrong with the show was when Cyrus shut down Minaj during their war of words, saying, "It's no big deal. It's just an award."