Masochists can watch the whole show if they want, but why not just watch the highlights?
There were three performances that carried the rest of MTV's VMAs, by our reckoning. So you can sit through a lot of awkward joking between presenters, and the disappointing Jay-Z/Kanye West number, and whatever that mess was with the "Jersey Shore" women and Cloris Leachman, if you insist.
Lady Gaga and Brian May, "You And I":
Beyonce, "Love on Top":
Adele, "Someone Like You":
Still here? Okay, then watch Lil Wayne's performance of "How to Love/John." His energy (and pants) are amazing, but the censors kind of kill his momentum.