In addition to bringing lesser-known artists into view, MTV was instrumental in adding to the booming eighties dance wave. Videos' budgets increased, and artists began to add fully choreographed dance sections. Michael Jackson 's music became synonymous with dance. In addition to learning the lyrics, fans also learned his choreography so they could dance along. Madonna capitalized on dance in her videos, using classically trained jazz and break-dancers. Along with extensive costuming and make-up, Duran Duran used tribal elements, pulled from Dunham technique, in " The Wild Boys ", and Kate Bush used a modern dance duet in " Running Up That Hill ". MTV brought more than music into public view, it added to the ever-growing resurgence of dance in the early 1980s that has carried through to today.
*MTV Movie Awards - June 1, 2008
(*the show where you can guess who has won by who has actually bothered attending)
Host Mike Myers, who's starring in "The Love Guru," which we'll be hearing a lot about I'm guessing, comes out to a standing ovation from a crowd filled with stars of TV, the big screen, and the Billboard charts.
He tells us that the show is completely live. His monologue contains a bad joke about high gas prices forcing Optimus Prime into taking the bus. Chris Brown in a weird leather military-style jacket reminiscent of Michael Jackson comes onstage and tells Myers not to just phone it in and pimp "The Love Guru." Myers challenges Brown to a dance battle. Brown is predictably amazing, Myers ain't no dancer but he holds his own. They mock the "Beat It" knife routine and then do a pas de deux in which Myers really gets on the good foot. (He clearly took tap dancing lessons at some time in his life.)
Award: Best Female Perrformance
Presenters: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and...