Ok, I thought the show itself was not as bad as it could have been. But a straight awards show with some musical acts thrown in would be better imho. The problem with their declining ratings over the years wasn't the awards show itself, it was the fact that they didn't play the videos in the first place so nobody had any interest. Did you notice there were like 10 videos total in the crop of nominees? Its because that's about how much music they play.
Plus, was it just me or was this a complete hip-hop VMA's? They completely ignored (except for a VERY few nominations) all other categories. I think the last few years have seen a good crop of rock artists so its a shame they weren't represented at all. That sentiment was also displayed when Mary J Blige (wasn't it her?) was announcing Dr Dre and said he was "the most important producer of our time". I mean come on! I will definitely say he is important, and I have a lot of respect for him as a producer and what he's acomplished. But to call him the "most important produce or all time" could only be done with a completely Hip-hop centric view of the entertainment business (not that it doesn't seem to be taking over which is another rant).
Just to show I have SOME street cred though (LOL): MAD PROPS to JT for his "play more videos" shout-out! Not to mention his "I don't want to see another Simpsons reality show" comment. Go Justin!
Oh, and the WORST part of all (since nobody has mentioned it yet), Britney Spears: What a train wreck! She completely exemplified her current tabloid image. Trashy, dazed, un-inspired. It was like she was walking through her moves and mouthing (not singing/syncing) her lyrics. It was SO BAD! Most artists give a better performance in a sound check!
On the plus side, I went to the palms (checked out the Playboy Club and Moon woohoo) on my last visit to Vegas and all those shots of the casino, and the towers just made me want to go back even more!