Award show coverage from MTV
On a more conspiratorial level, how to explain the presence of Whitney Houston and an unannounced Bobby Brown presenting the final award of the night for best video of the year (to Eminem)? Was it some show of faith for Ms. Houston, whose unsteady behavior at rehearsals for the recent Grammy Awards got her booted off that show? Whatever the reasoning, she and Mr. Brown felt strangely out of place.
Winners at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday night:
SOURCE: Associated Press
Another what-the-heck situation involved Lars Ulrich, the Metallica drummer and outspoken critic of Napster. When Napster creator Shawn Fanning appeared briefly to help introduce a performance (wearing a Metallica T-shirt, no less), the camera flashed to Mr. Ulrich, seated in the audience, eyes shut as if in pain. Later, he got an unsettlingly full platform via an odd, unfunny, pointed "skit" in which he "borrowed" stereo equipment from a metalhead.
Performances included a horridly lip-synched opener by Janet Jackson, who was in a black-feather Goth get-up, and a scary routine by Britney Spears that began with a few lines from her cover of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and segued into her usual bump-and-grind. "The girl done went from the Mickey Mouse Club to the strip club," said the Wayans duo, in one of their only funny lines.
Best rock video went to Limp Bizkit, whose thank-you speech was interrupted by a prank by the bass player from Rage Against the Machine, who climbed up on an elaborate piece of staging; he nearly brought the show to a halt.
Along with best video, Eminem won best male video and performed "Slim Shady" on the street in front of Radio City Music Hall, where the event was held. As soon as he finished, MTV aired a public-service announcement decrying abusive behavior toward gays, part of an agreement the cable channel made with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who object to the anti-gay sentiments in his songs. It was a noble act, but then again, it was just another deal.