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Jason Johnson
Friday, Aug 29, 2014


The VMAs are lame

The New Paper | Jason Johnson | Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Recording artist Miley Cyrus poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

SINGAPORE - MTV hates videos.

MTV hates music.

MTV hates awards.

I don't know how else to explain the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

The only other possible explanation is sheer perversity.

I write about music videos for The New Paper, so obviously it's an art form I adore.

Growing up in the 80s, I was there at the very beginning of the MTV era.

Music videos meant so much to us back then, making us feel like we were somehow part of the glamorous, decadent world inhabited by Duran Duran, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, ZZ Top, Van Halen and Guns N' Roses.

It used to be that you would only ever see these guys in concerts or on magazines, but suddenly there they were, in your living room living out fabulous adventures.

Amorphous rock gods finally took corporeal form.

These days, of course, MTV doesn't give a damn about vids.

While I love what the company has done with shows like Teen Wolf, I'll never forgive it for turning its back on music videos.

In my opinion, they've given up the right to even have a video awards show.

Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball is the video of the year?

Lorde's Royals is the best ROCK video?

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