Those who saw the Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga performances know that “restraint” is not the theme of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards broadcast.
Unfortunately, it was the theme of the Best Female Video award unveiling. Despite the obvious setup, MTV–and the relevant players–opted not to create the famous 2009 confrontation between Taylor Swift and Kanye West.
As with the 2009 broadcast, Swift won the award–this time for her “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The stage was thus set–literally and figuratively–for West to again interrupt the superstar’s acceptance speech.
But no such run-in occurred. Passing on the obvious opportunity, MTV and West left the stage–and the room–in Swift’s total control. Swift used that control to wryly dedicate the win to the ex-boyfriend who inspired “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Swift’s video emerged victorious from a list of nominees including Rihanna’s “Stay,” Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack.”