Eminem Wins Big, Kanye Debuts New Song at VMAs

While not as eventful as last year’s memorable MTV Video Music Awards, Sunday (September 12) night’s ceremony had plenty of high points for hip-hop fans.

Eminem opened up the festivities with an explosive performance of “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie.” Backed up by a full orchestra, including a string section and a handful of percussionists, a hooded Shady brought out a red-haired Rihanna, his “Love the Way You Lie” co-star, to the audience’s delight. Although Em had to hightail it to New York after his set, the Detroit lyricist ended up taking home two Moonmen for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Male Video, both for “Not Afraid.”

Hip-hop may not have won any other awards last night, but Kanye West seemed to come out on top, in yesterday’s much-hyped media showdown between himself and Taylor Swift. Both artists performed new music that touched on last year’s infamous VMA debacle where West interrupted the young pop singer’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. Where Swift’s song expressed her feeling’s that ‘Ye is still “innocent” despite his frowned upon behavior, the Louis Vuitton Don’s track, titled “Runaway” took a more humorous route, poking fun at his actions. (The chorus goes: “Let’s have a toast for the douche bags/Let’s have a toast for the assholes/Everyone of them that I know”). The Chicago superstar surprisingly brought out Pusha T of Clipse during his set, who has a featured verse on the song.

Other performers for the night included Drake, who brought his new single “Fancy” to life with Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz, and B.o.B, who performed his chart-topping hit “Airplanes” live with Paramore’s Hayley Williams for the first time.

For a list of all the winners visit MTV.com. —Elan Mancini

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  • The Decatur Dictator

    MTV feels that Hip Hop for the most part is dead…

    • that nigga

      Thats funny, me too. Just look at how anyone can get a deal nowadays. Its like the NBA with all the lil kids runnin around. There was a time when you had to have “something”, that “It” that made you special. Not anymore, Im bout to record a demo and get a deal myself, just gotta make up a stupid dance first.

    • M. Baby!

      I completely agree with you. That’s sad we didn’t have that much of a presence last night @ the VMA’s. Even tho I can’t stand most of this music out now, but as much music as we have put out in the past year, u can’t tell me Gucci, Waka Flocka, Trey Songz, Jeezy, Rick Ross, TI, and a few others should’ve performed something, but this goes to show you that Hip-Hop is really dead. This is what happens when we don’t make music that doesn’t mean anything. We get passed right bye. When u listen to Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and all these other groups’ music…they’re actually saying something on their records. Drake got his shine on and that’s only because of his buzz and him being signed to Lil Wayne. When you don’t make music that touches people’s heart and has a message to it, it gets passed by. Don’t get me wrong, nothing’s wrong with your clubs songs and stuff…u need those…but the Executives are making the artist put out this bullshit music everytime and they’re killing Hip-Hop. This new music only last for a couple of months and then it’s gone, rather than it being timeless and meaningful…sad man.

    • pompypo

      To be completely honest I dont agree with you. The number of hip hop performances clearly states that. There was Eminem, Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B and even Rick Ross. To me anyway that shows that MTV still thinks that hip hop is alive and kicking.

      Just my opinion.

  • JC

    Congrats to King Mathers…and King West too…hip hop is having a great year…

  • Jamal7Mile

    Completely forgot that this was on last night. I was lost in the world of NFL football. Is it just me, or does anyone wish they had a magical washrag that could wipe all of these blind referees off the TV screen? I know, I know…wrong thread. But damn! The Lions can’t win, even when they do win!!

    • El Tico Loco

      Betcha from now they won’t celebrate til the clock hits 0:00 or better yet til they get to the locker room. They got robbed.

      • Jamal7Mile

        Yep, the celebrations in the endzone have got to stop. Too much can go wrong. But still, watching a touchdown is like watching pr0n…you know it when you see it. Forget the technical stuff. When I go to Gonzocartoons/com, even though everything is animated cartoons it’s still PR0N!

  • Anonymous

    those 2 eminem songs arent hip hop. They are pop records. Relapse was a better album. *turns same song & dance waaay the fux up*

  • Mirce deMoz

    those 2 eminem songs arent hip hop. They are pop records. Relapse was a better album. *turns same song & dance waaay the fux up*

  • jonny bizness

    Kanye killed it with the mpc on stage that joint kinda knocked as well and thank fuck pusha is getting moved 2 the front now that he is on g.o.o.d music i’ve been championing him 4 a min now

  • Marco V AKA West Coast Injuztice

    F**k MtV & BET for that matter, they both killed Hip Hop By Mainstreaming it and “Promoting” it with there #1 songs and redundant rotations of the same wack ass songs. BET uncut was real hip hop and they cut that shit out quick.

  • http://77princedracula prince dracula

    some people r n the game 4 tha wrong thing…

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    1. The Lions got robbed

    2. MTV’s version of Hip Hop is not the peoples’ version.

    I did a VMA Quickstrike @ bboycult dot com…

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      But I will drop this thought here…

      That Taylor Swift song was hot garbage.

      Kanye’s song was way iller, a la 8 Mile strategy.

  • Rev Nunny

    Fuck white rap and the pig skinned population that embraces it. Stick to rock and pop you white pigs.

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