Just FYI, the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards took place in New York City last night. I have no idea who won or even who attended, but I will note, for your edification, that it did indeed happen.

Here’s a photo of the performance by Christina Aguilera, who once said, "Beauty is shit!" in a determined effort to prove that she is a singer and not just a pretty hunk of flesh:

Christina Aguilera performs at 2006 MTV Awards

I’m convinced.

Here’s a photo of Shakira proving that MTV is truly multicultural:

Shakira performing at 2006 MTV Awards 

Here’s a shot of a band called the Pussycat Dolls, which won an award for something:

Pussycat Dolls perform at 2006 MTV Awards

For an organization allegedly dedicated to free expression, I sense a certain sameness of theme here. Perhaps I’m just missing something.

And lest you fear that these photos are not truly representative of what went on there last night, we present the following picture of Beyonce performing at the ceremony:

Beyonce performs during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Finally, here’s a shot of stylish rap star and big businessman Sean "Diddy" Combs at the ceremony.

Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs talks to reporters as he arrives for an after party for the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, August 31, 2006. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES) 

Oh, the glamour!