Ironically, the presentation of a few awards would have given the show a more orderly pace or, at the very least, a few opportunities for provocative quips or tirades from award recipients. Unfortunately for MTV, the show's producers made two grave errors: going without a comedian to host the evening's events, and broadcasting the bulk of their concert performances from private hotel parties scattered across the city.
While the level of intimacy created on-air (via live broadcast) was definitely a welcome, creative spin, MTV should have known better to stick with more performances focused on the main center stage. Because, in the end, grandiose performances are what the VMAs have always been known for.
For an evening promised to be filled with memorable moments and dazzling performances, I now see why advertisements leading into the broadcast claimed that the show would be on-air for "one night only." If time is money, I'm quite positive that MTV couldn't even pay anyone to watch it again.