Rod Stewart Sang “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” And Stole Everyone’s Thunder On Last Night’s VMA’s
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Showin’ Millennials How It’s Done
As viewers of MTV’s annual Video Music Awards found out the hard way last night, when you’re actual rock god Rod Stewart, it’s impossible to make a guest appearance on one of television’s hottest award shows without stealing the thunder of everyone in the room, which is exactly what happened when the 72-year-old rock legend took the stage and delivered a flawless performance of his 1978 dance hit, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”.
In a performance that hearkens back to the days of discotheques, Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54, it’s a non-stop party as DNCE kick things off in a kaleidoscope of lights and smoke atop a lit up stage, disco balls shining crazily through the crowd of millennials when suddenly, all heads swivel in the direction of a rooftop elevator and watch as Rod Stewart saunters off the elevator, down the hall, and onto a lit up dance floor.
Fun Fact: Sound familiar? That’s because “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” incorporates elements of the melody from the song “Taj Mahal” by Jorge Ben Jor and the string arrangement from the song “Put Something Down On It” by Bobby Womack.
Striking a pose reminiscent of John Travolta’s Tony Manero, Rod is a sight to behold – electrifying and a master showman, the breakdancers dominating the stage next to him are no match for Rod’s magnetism and command of his stage and when set against DNCE frontman Joe Jonas, Rod isn’t just gracious; he’s totally engaged in the moment, sharing vocal licks with Jonas and knowing when to push, when to pull back, and when to let the fine folks in DNCE shine. It’s not often that we watch the VMAs, but this is one year that we’re really damn glad we did. Enjoy!