Well, the 2010 Video Music Awards are in the books (unless they’re still airing a repeat of the show), and while there are innumerable ways to recap an event like this — everything from lengthy, analytical pieces to the much more direct “Lady Gaga and Eminem won everything” — we figured the best way to do it was just to focus on the numbers.
What can we say? Math is awesome.
So, before we look ahead to 2011, here’s a look back on the
just-completed 2010 show. Here are the VMAs, by the numbers, courtesy of the folks in front of — and behind — the cameras.
8: Number of awards won by Lady Gaga
8: Number of awards won by everyone else
600: Feet of white carpet laid outside the Nokia Theatre
1: Massive canopy hanging above the stage (and out into the crowd) inside
4: “Petals” that made up the canopy
14,000: Feet of bent aluminum tube used to frame the canopy
30,000: Square feet of fabric that made up the canopy
53,000: Labor hours required to build the canopy
130: Stage crew members working on the VMA stage each day
2,949: LED units used on the VMA stage
4,995,904: Single LED pixels inside the units
1,300: Lighting units used for the show
4: Number of city blocks those lights could light for a month
260,000: Pounds of weight hanging from the ceiling of the Nokia
45,000: Square feet of drapes used on the stage
1: Number of football fields those drapes could cover
16,100: Square feet of visible stage area
2,650: Seats pulled from the Nokia to make the stage fit
26: Cameras used to shoot the show
6: Months of designing and drafting time to design the set
6: Number of pigeons (not actual doves) hired for VMA host Chelsea Handler ‘s opening monologue
1: Number of pigeons that actually flew out of her dress (albeit not in the direction it was supposed to)
The Moonmen have all been handed out and the stars have gone home, but there’s plenty of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards news, interviews, behind-the-scenes scoop, party reports and more still to come, so keep it locked on MTVNews.com.