Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Big Winner From the VMAs: The Set Designer and Graphics Guru

The critics weren't kind to Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards -- especially host Chelsea Handler's performance. I say she was simply miscast for the role; her audience is not the MTV audience.

It didn't help that the awards show didn't pull off a defining pop culture moment the way it did last year, when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. (I still say Kanye was right... but that's just me, I guess.)

The reviews didn't matter; ratings were huge. And if there's a rave to be had from Sunday's show, it's for the amazing set -- turning the sterile Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live into something cool and contemporary -- and the graphics package from the show, which looked sharp.

Also, the show's cut away to a sundown performance by Linkin Park at the Griffith Observatory nicely highlighted that venue, the L.A. skyline at dusk and the orange horizon.

Some shots from inside the Nokia:

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