After decades of it's signature shock-and-awe factor, this year's MTV Video Music Awards were shockingly tame.
Following weeks of mounting anticipation, Sunday night's star-studded ceremony left many surprisingly underwhelmed—but what had been the problem?
Madison Square Garden was packed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including 23-time nominee and six-time Moonman winner Britney Spears, music phenom Beyoncé and this year's notable Michael Jackson Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna.
The annual show had returned to the city that never sleeps and the white carpet was covered with all kinds of famous figures, including even a handful of decorated Olympians. The evening's lineup featured a montage of Beyoncé's latest visual album, Nick Jonas dancing his heart out through a city diner and even a surprise appearance from Ryan Lochte. Still, despite all of the fanfare, many turned their televisions off feeling a bit unfulfilled.