All eyes were on Sydney this Friday for the MTV Australia Awards – with international performers, a star-studded Aussie guest list, and a few bizarre incidents, the bash was a typically boisterous affair with some amazing highs and ridiculous lows.
Hosted by Fall Out Boy’s Mr Pete Wentz, the evening kicked off with an A-list welcome for the gathering celebs – MTV darling Rub Rose literally ‘rolled out’ the red carpet from the tail of her slinky gown and was joined by The Hills ‘star’ Audrina Patridge as the VIPs rocked up to Darling Harbour’s Convention Centre. With a guest list the Ivy Pool would be proud of – Lara Bingle, Brian and Delta Goodrem, April Rose Pengilly to name a few, the antipodean army were out in force and were joined by a selection of international stars including Welsh songstress Duffy, Pete Wentz’s lovely wife Ashlee Simpson, and brit rockers the Kaiser Chiefs.
The good – Killers opening the show with new single Spaceman – Brandon Flowers’ in full heartbreaker mode with his feather-adorned blazer and beautiful smile (yes I’m a big fan), Danni Minogue channelling futuristic chic with a razor sharp bob and metallic couture dress, quirky Aussie singer Sia performing ‘Buttons’ dressed as a unicorn amongst a sea of balloons, and the Kaiser Chiefs giving a typically energetic rendition of Never Miss a Beat.
The bad – Pete and Ashlee’s awkward kiss during the Kings of Leon satellite performance (an attempt to quash rumours of marriage problems?), Audrina Patridge’s wooden presenting skills, the distinct lack of celebrities in the VIP area (it was half empty most of the night) and the bad choice of venue – it felt like we were attending a school disco rather than an awards ceremony!
And the downright ugly – Vanilla Ice storming the stage to sing Ice Ice Baby with Pete Wentz (give it up!), the awful ‘fans’ who collected awards for the winners absent from the awards (Pink and Katy Perry included), and the fact that MTV couldn’t even get some of the award winners to record thank you videos – surely the whole point of an awards show!
I positioned myself next to the VIP area and witnessed some amusing incidents – Make Me a Supermodel’s Tom Penfold with his new squeeze who looks exactly like his on-screen fling Shanina, Luke the sheep-shearer from Australian Idol was seated on the back row of the VIP section and looked bored to tears for most of the evening, Delta Goodrem and Lara Bingle having girly gossips while most of the awards were being presented, and the crazy guys from Wolfmother sticking out like sore thumbs among the sea of wannabes and young trendsters.
The MTV Australia Awards have a long way to go until they’re as slick and celeb-filled as their American counterparts – Friday’s show was slightly shambolic and lacking the wow factor that the organisers usually pull out of the hat for these bashes, and most of the bands that performed were only in town because they were playing V Festival the following day (which was awesome by the way!) - but getting so close to Brandon Flowers meant it was good enough for me!