EMAs: Jared Leto Is Not The New David Letterman

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We’re now starting to feel pretty sorry for Jared Leto. While Katy Perry gets to wear lots of mental outfits (like a merry-go-round dress and a giant apple) and stand up on the main stage introducing acts, he’s lumbered with the more tricky job of actually trying to fill air time with scintillating conversation.

Hot on the heels of his thrilling “Are you from Louisiana?” conversation with Kid Rock, Jared has now just presented a cringingly bad segment where he interviewed the Ting Tings mixing a drink. “You wouldn’t happen to be a witch would you? A good witch, like the Wizard of Oz?” he asked singer Katie White, who looked pretty non-plussed. At which point Grace Jones suddenly turns up in a silver bowler hat and terrifies the crap out of Mr Leto, purring: “You’re not sweating at all, you look very sexy.”

He then did a sit down with British band Take That — who Jared had clearly never heard of before –– and asked them how many tons of potatoes got eaten backstage. We bet he wishes My So-Called Life never got cancelled now.

After the jump, check out who’s winning what. — By Becky Howard (in London)

The Rock Out award went to 30 seconds to Mars. OMG! Shocker! And believe it or not Jared was there to collect it, what with hosting the VIP bar area and all. Coincidence! (Of course, we jest)

Best Album is Britney Spears‘s Blackout. But she’s not there! Boo! Instead she’s dressed like Blousey Brown from Bugsy Malone somewhere and does the requisite satellite link-up speech.”It’s such an honor thank you so much. So sorry I couldn’t be there tonight but have a wonderful night and party hard.” Blah blah blah. You just don’t care about us, Britney! We feel rejected over here.

New Act: Well, they had to give Katy Perry an award after all the effort of presenting the night. “I wanna recount! The host can’t win! Last year I was in my bedroom heating up mac and cheese watching this on the television so you can do it too!” she yelled. And showing more confidence than poor ickle Jared she then yelled at her award-bestower, “I love Grace Jones! You are the shit!”

Video Star went to 30 Seconds To Mars. Again! Jared really has done a good trade off tonight. Awkward sofa interviews = loads of awards. “Thank you so much – I think this may be a mistake,” he said. Surely not!

Best Act Ever was presented by the portly Perez Hilton and was won by Rick Astley. WHAAAAT? He didn’t even turn up to accept his fake award, thereby rendering the entire Rickrolling craze totally flat and pointless. Shame. Anyway, they rushed through this one.

Leona Lewis and her party dress presented Ultimate Urban to Kanye West, who milked his 20-foot walk up to the stage for all it was worth. But then he kept his speech the shortest of the night. What a star!