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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hosted by Jack Black

After two years in Miami, the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards made a triumphant return to New York City and Radio City Music Hall. Funnyman Jack Black had made us laugh so often in the past that we begged him to host the show.

Even though he said he would, we weren't prepared for him to "bring the thunder." He did this by wearing a giant Moonman suit and allowing himself to be lit on fire at the opening of the show. He also sang and danced and told joke after joke after joke that kept us giggling through the night.

The awards were distributed evenly across all genres, as hip-hop, pop and rock artists alike all won Moonmen. Perhaps that was because 2006 was also the first time that viewers voted for all the performer's categories (Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Group Video, etc.). Notably, it was also the first VMAs in more than 15 years to not feature an award for Breakthrough Video.

Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, & Joe Trohman of Fall Out BoyPink took home the Best Pop Video Moonman for "Stupid Girls" and The All-American Rejects won the Best Group Video for "Move Along." Fall Out Boy won the Viewer's Choice Award -- wait, weren't they all viewer's choices? -- for "Dance, Dance," while Avenged Sevenfold took the Best New Artist trophy for "Bat Country" (guitars + guys + eyeliner = awesomeness). Not to be left out of all the masculine-makeup fun, AFI took home the Moonman for Best Rock Video with "Miss Murder." There were tons of performances as Justin Timberlake and Timbaland performed "My Love/SexyBack" to drive the gals nuts, Ludacris and Pharrell enlisted The Pussycat Dolls for "Money Maker" and OK Go performed the crazy treadmill dance routine from their "Here It Goes Again" video without incident! Also ringing our bells were Beyoncé, T.I., Panic! At the Disco, Christina Aguilera and The Killers. Yowza!

But it wouldn't be the VMAs without outrageous moments, and they abounded as Lil' Kim made light of her recent problems with the law by wearing an orange jumpsuit while being escorted onstage by two police officers to present the award for Best Male Video. She'd been sprung from prison that day, and when she stripped off the jumpsuit, it was obvious that she was glad to be out of the joint.

Jack Black was devastated when his Tenacious D bandmate joined the Black Eyed Peas during the show; thankfully they later reunited to perform "Friendship Song." Phew!

Perhaps the oddest moment of the evening occurred when a man calling himself Sixx jumped onstage when Panic! At The Disco won the Video of Year award, claiming that MTV had denied him his own TV show. After a thorough investigation of that claim, it was discovered that Sixx had not been hugged enough as a child.

That could be our problem, too. We think we need more attention, so we're gonna keep doing this VMA thing, OK?