We can give Europe credit for many things. First and foremost, their liberal views on female nudity. A big plus column win for them over us Puritanical Yanks. And their food and wine. Outstanding. And even many of the dramatic arts, heck, all these years later we're all still singing opera in Italian. But even the most ardent of Europhiles has to admit that when it comes to music, well, Europe just plain sucks. Not that U.S. popular music is much to brag to the Gods of Awesome Tunage about, but Euro music, well, it takes it down yet another notch. There was Mozart, and then right straight to Falco, with very little in-between. Jedward in the Eurovision song contest kind of summed it all up perfectly.
But... European music awards shows do know how to put on a proper party, a dress-up affair filled with sextastic celebrities dangling their diamonds and strutting their wares, such as at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes over the weekend, where Taylor Swift once more showed off her new nicer melons, Alicia Keys looked simply hot, and Carly Rae Jepsen reminded us why we are so eagerly awaiting the inevitable release of her sex tape, she's a cutie. So, yes, crappy music. But, rewarded with some splendid looks. Almost worth it. Enjoy.