This Year's VMA Host Is a Brilliant Choice

Arsenio Hall, Christian Slater, The Wayans Brothers, Diddy (or P. Diddy, or Puffy, or Puff Daddy, or whatever he was calling himself at the time), Chelsea Handler: history shows that not every VMA host has been a surefire hit. In fact, much like some of the lesser-loved Oscar hosts, some of the folks who have manned the MTV mike have been downright unwatchable.

Now that the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner—set to air live this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, as a matter of fact—the network may have decided to start a new trend in awards shows. One where the focus is on the performers being honored, rather than the master of ceremonies.

In other words, this year's VMAs may be refreshingly host-free.


Just earlier this week, the network's executive producer told Billboard they were still on the hunt for the right person:

It's going down to the wire. Hosting is such a unique element. We feel we got it right by putting new talent on the stage like Chelsea and Russell (Brand). We're really challenging ourselves to find the right person so that the show feels complete.

I have a hard time believing they were really still looking for a host as recently as yesterday, being as how the show is this Sunday. That seems like an awfully short amount of time for someone to prepare to rattle off their monologue and do those eternally-putrid skits, but maybe I'm overestimating what's involved? At any rate, I'd guess the producer was either dodging the question of a host because they've planned all along to try something new, or they're going to spring a surprise host on us at the last minute. ("Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your VMA host, ONE OF KIM KARDASHIAN'S MANY WEDDING DRESSES!" *audience shrieks, excitedly urinates everywhere*)

As of this writing, though, it looks like they're moving ahead without an MC, and I for one think it sounds like a great idea. I know a big-name host helps promote the show ahead of time, and someone who's really good at it makes the whole thing a lot more enjoyable—but a bad host is equally capable of dragging everything down.

Plus, when there's so much attention on the yahoo who's cracking jokes on stage, it kind of detracts from all the artists the show itself is supposed to be highlighting. I mean, I couldn't tell you for sure which movies won Academy Awards last year, but I can sure as shit remember that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were really awkward together.

It sounds like the VMAs will have plenty of stars on hand either way: Adele, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne will be performing—not to mention Lady Gaga. (OMG WHAT WILL SHE BE WEEEAAAARRRRING?) It'll be interesting to see if a host-free show ends up attracting just as many viewers, and if so, whether other shows will follow in MTV's footsteps.

What do you think about the idea of a host-free awards show? Are you pro or con?

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