The big winners this year at the MTV Video Music Awards were Lady Gaga, with eight awards for her record 13 nominations, and Kanye West, who redeemed himself from his microphone-grabbing stunt last year, The New York Times said in a review of the show. But this year’s big loser was the show’s host, Chelsea Handler, who "was among the worst in the show’s history," the story remarks.
While Handler is "consistently hilarious and inappropriate" during her interviews with musicians on her TV show, "Chelsea Lately," that didn’t translate for the awards ceremony. "Here, she never looked comfortable, undone by nerves, brittle material and the wattage of those around her," the article says.
Her material was "purposefully out-of-touch, with brief, alarming flashes of off-color racial humor." West, meanwhile, wore a red suit to sing "Runaway" with what the story says was "knowing, bombastic humility," leading the audience to chant his name.
Taylor Swift, who had been West’s victim during last year’s microphone stunt, sang a new song called "Innocent" earlier in the evening, a song directed at West that was "an extremely savvy insult masquerading as the high road," the review said.