MILEY WAS A NO-SHOW BUT THE BEAUTIFUL FREAKS CAME OUT IN FORCE TO CELEBRATE A VIDEO MUSIC AWARD CEREMONY THAT BROUGHT MTV BACK FROM THE BRINK OF IRRELEVANCE
If you've been paying attention to MTV's Video Music Awards the past few years, you're aware of how steeply it's been tanking. This year's awards—though mostly handed out to undeserving victors like Taylor Swift and Macklemore—brought with them a bevy of hugely ambitious (and, for the most part, successful) performances that almost brought us back to their Britney-Madonna heyday. Lady Gaga got ridiculous with a memorable performance that kicked off the awards in curious, bewildering style; Miley Cyrus shook the foundations of planet earth by wiggling her butt; and Kanye West airlifted viewers out of the glittering stimuli with a dark and shadowy performance that essentially became video art. Perhaps the most literal of the performances came from Katy Perry, who closed out the awards empty-handed but triumphant in a cartoonish boxing ring, furthering the trajectory of children's-birthday-party-themed ideas that's carried her, often cloyingly, into pop culture ubiquity. It was cute when she jumproped, though.
This is all just a poor man's rundown of what could surely and easily be expounded upon as a circuitous spectacle of desperation from a network flailing in teen pregnancy trade, but we'd rather talk about the afterparty that happened at LDV Hospitality’s No. 8 Nightclub. Hosted by Terry Richardson, Pharrell Williams, and Miley Cyrus in absentia (she was busy recording with Kanye, so they say), the soiree kept the energy of the night on full blast, as revelers ranging from Perry, Daft Punk, Jared Leto, Jennifer Hudson, Alexander Wang, Erin Wasson, and others got down to DJ Jus Ke. Though the celebs swarmed like bees in the trap, the night's superstars were the unpretentious and overjoyed members of Miley Cyrus's performance squad, which included her backup dancers "the luxury girls", a gaggle of diminutively sized dancers out of their bear costumes, and the stupendously beautiful Amazon Ashley—a club performer and entertainer famous for her size. As we followed Ashley around transfixed, it suddenly became clear it all happened for a reason. Ladies and gentlemen, a star is born.