VMA: Highs and Lows, Ringtones and Clunkers

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Underdogs -- Chalk a major victory to those who few people thought had a chance of winning. Groups like Fall Out Boy (Viewer's Choice Award for "Dance, Dance"), Panic! at the Disco (Video of the Year for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"), AFI (best rock video for "Miss Murder"), All-American Rejects (best group video for "Move Along") and Kelly Clarkson (best female video for "Because of You") were long shots to win against multiple nominees Shakira, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Madonna.

With odds stacked against them, the underdogs won the most coveted awards.

The Low Points

Just a few weeks ago, MTV celebrated its 25th anniversary and the milestone was overlooked at the show until baby boomer and former Vice President Al Gore alluded to the fact during his save the environment plea toward the end of the three-hour ceremony.

It seems MTV might be more than a little self-conscious about its age.

Turning 25 should be something to be proud of and should be celebrated, even if it means that most of MTV's audience was not born when "Thriller" premiered.

One of the greatest VMA moments was during 1984's ceremony (the first year of the awards) when Madonna slithered her way to superstardom while singing "Like a Virgin."

Ever since, her relationship with MTV has been a symbiotic marriage.

This year, Madonna received five nominations and was completely shut out.

To add insult to injury, her absence from the show went unnoticed.

Host Jack Black stated that the last 20 editions of the VMAs had been a fart fest and he promised to light a match and shake things up.

That was the last we saw of him for a while.

Whatever happened to the water-cooler show-introductory moments of the past?

Remember the Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley lip lock or the Pee-Wee Herman "heard any good jokes lately" intro?

MTV would have scored major points if it had congregated recently separated Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson and Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra to appear together onstage.

After all, both marriages were done and undone under the glare of the MTV cameras.

Lil Kim's last memorable moment at the VMAs was when she was wearing a purple pastie.

Recently released from jail, she came out wearing an orange jumpsuit.

No disrespect to her and the time she served, but going to jail should not be something that should be applauded and admired.

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