One Direction added another prize to the group's growing collection of awards, when One Direction's "Best Song Ever" was named Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The event was held on Aug. 25 at Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. There was no host for the ceremony.
One Direction brought "Best Song Ever" video director Ben Winston up on stage during their acceptance speech. One Direction's Harry Styles said during the speech, "I want to say a massive, massive thank you to all of our fans. We know this was a voted award, so thank you so, so much to everybody who voted. It means much, a lot to us. This is the director of our video. It was his idea, Ben Winston, so thank you to him."
Louis Tomlinson of One Direction chimed in when Styles passed the microphone to him: "What Harry said!"
Liam Payne of One Direction added, "We can't believe the things that our fans have done for us in the past three years, so thank you so, so much. Our movie comes out next weekend, and this moon man tops all else."
Although One Direction mostly got a lot of cheers when on stage to accept the award, there was a noticeably loud roar booing from many people in the audience. If the members of One Direction were upset by the booing, then they didn't let it show on stage, although viewers who watched closely could see Styles seemed a bit taken aback in the first few seconds that the booing started. Lady Gaga also got booed at the show, which opened with her performing her song "Applause."
According to the Daily Mirror, Lady Gaga expressed a show of solidarity with One Direction backstage at the show. The tabloid reports that Lady Gaga told One Direction: "Don't you dare let those people boo you.If I did hear what I heard out there, I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have. I want to leave right now. I don't want to stay anymore because I don't want to be in a room where people are booing."
The Mirror also reported that Tomlinson responded to Lady Gaga's words of support by saying, "F*ck it, f*ck it."
And in the press room after winning the award, One Direction did not acknowledge the vocal backlash from some of the MTV VMA crowd. Instead, One Direction expressed gratitude again to fans. One Direction's Malik said, "We want to say a massive thank you to the fans who voted for us." One Direction's Niall Horan added, "It means so much to us. We cannot believe we've won it."
One Direction was also at the 2013 MTV VMAs to present the award for Best Pop Video, which went to Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It."
"The X Factor" U.S. judge Demi Lovato was nominated for Best Female Video for "Heart Attack," but she was not at the ceremony and she didn't win. The award went to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." Swift pretty much admitted in a 2013 interview with the London Times that she wrote the song about Styles, who is one of her ex-boyfriends.
In Swift's acceptance speech for the MTV VMA, she made an obvious dig at Styles when she said, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song who knows exactly who he is because now I got one of these!"
The camera cut to One Direction sitting in the audience after Swift made that remark. Styles was seen clapping and looking up at the video screen, while his band mates Niall Horan and Tomlinson looked at each other knowingly.
Swift is famous for writing bitter breakup songs about her ex-boyfriends. When One Direction was on stage to present the Best Pop Video award, the camera caught her mouthing the words, "Shut the f*ck up." Several media outlets, including the Daily Mirror, posted the footage. (Gomez, who won the award, is a close friend of Swift's and was sitting next to her at the 2013 MTV VMA show.)
One Direction wasn't the only "X Factor" alum at the 2013 MTV VMAs. Fifth Harmony and Carly Rose Sonenclar were at the show too, even though they were not presenters, performers or nominees. However, Fifth Harmony and Sonenclar walked the red carpet and did interviews at the show to promote their music. Fifth Harmony has two singles so far: "Miss Movin' On" and "Me & My Girls." The titles and release dates for Fifth Harmony's and Sonenclar's respective debut albums are to be announced.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. Fifth Harmony came in third place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012. Each group was formed on "The X Factor" when five contestants who originally auditioned as solo singers were rejected as solo singers by the show and then put together in a group. Sonenclar came in second place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012. They are all signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music.