From Madonna writhing on the floor in a lingerie-like wedding dress in 1984 to Britney Spears stripping down to a nude sequin bodysuit in 2000, the MTV Video Music Awards have always been about pushing the envelope. The latest performance to cause a stir came Aug. 25 when 20-year-old Miley Cyrus twerked with giant teddy bears, and also a little too close to 36-year-old Robin Thicke during their “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U” medley. Love it or hate it, it was the most talked about performance of the night.
We caught up with Thicke after his BleauLive performance with Pharrell Williams Sunday afternoon at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Even after a controversial photo of the married star grabbing a blonde female fan’s bottom, captured in a mirror’s reflection behind them, went viral post-VMAs, fans lined up at the Fontainebleau for their own VIP photo opp.
We asked Thicke how he felt about his controversial VMA performance with Cyrus, and he responded unfazed, “I’m just an entertainer. We knew what we were doing. We had a good time.”
Williams, who also attended the awards show and presented Best Female Video award with collaborators Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers to Taylor Swift, had more to say on the VMAs.
You were at the VMAs last week and presented an award. Robin performed “Blurred Lines” with Miley Cyrus. It’s gotten so much buzz. What did you think about the performance?
You know, I always applaud people doing what they want to do because I see that as a form of liberation, and when people are oppressed, at a certain point, it’s going to pop, like a balloon, or anything else where the pressure just mounts so much that there’s just an implosion, and then all of a sudden, they completely change, and that’s where he is right now. He’s going through a metamorphosis and it’s something that can’t be stopped because it’s his voice, and you can’t capture that. You can only witness and feel. And he’s realized that. He’s recognized that he has a power that is unmatched and unique, so it’s always awesome to see a super hero recognize their powers, and actually it’s cooler when they’ve gone through something and they internalize the struggle and use it for positivity. It’s the other people you feel bad for because they succumb to a demise because they didn’t realize that that hurdle was a gift. It’s actually a prophetic signature of what’s going to make them famous or make them very successful or allow them to do really great things for the world, and it’s just awesome to see Robin do it. It’s awesome to see Miley do it, too.
You’ve collaborated with so many incredible artists, and you’re responsible for two of the summer’s biggest hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” what was it like working with Daft Punk on “Random Access Memories?”
You know what, they essentially are how you see them, they’re robots. Meticulous, methodical, and always in the relentless pursuit for human perfection and happiness, and feeling. And so it’s always awesome to just be a part of a process like that, just watching those guys sort of just take over the world as they have.
Do they ever take their helmets off?
You’d have to ask them that.
“Blurred Lines” is a huge hit, how was it collaborating with Robin and T.I.?
Robin is 100 percent vocally a genius. I think his voice is completely unmatched. T.I., that’s my brother, so he always delivers. T.I., honestly, on paper, there’s a lot of fragmented activity with his career, but when you put it all together, it’s his moment right now. It’s about to be his moment.
We see you in Miami a lot, especially during Art Basel last year. How do you like it here?
I love Miami. Originally, what brought me to Miami ten years ago was the weather, the water, and the women. Now, it’s just the weather and the water.