The VMAs rocked the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday August 25. The evening opened with an unforgetable performance by Lady Gaga singing her hit, "Applause." Just weeks after hip surgery, the star put her all in the performance complete with 4 costume changes.
The first award of the night was presented by One Direction for Best Pop Video. This was Selena Gomez's first moonman for her song, "Come and Get It." Shailene Woodley presented the night's second performers, Robin Thicke and Miley Cryus. With Miley acting a little stange on stage. A far cry from her days as Hannah Montana.
Iggy and Lil Kim presented the award for Best Hip-Hop Video. The winners were Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis for their song, "Can't Hold Us." Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars presented the next performance by Kayne West.
Pharrell Willilams, Daft Punk, and Niles Rogers presented the award for Best Female Video. Taylor Swift won for her song, "I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor said that she really wanted this award and even thanked the person that inspired it. (he knows who he is)
Ed Sheeran presented the award for the Best Video with a Social Message. The winners were Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis for the song, "Same Love." The duo have become adcovates for marriage equality.
The night's most insane performace came from Justin Timberlake. He performed a melody of his songs from his solo career including "Take Back the Night, Cry Me a River, Bringing Sexy Back, and Suit and Tie." NSYNC joined Justin on stage for their hit "Bye Bye Bye." Jimmy Fallon presented Mr. Timberlake with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Vampire Weekend presented the award for Best Song of the Summer. The winners were One Direction for the song, "Best Song Ever;" their movie One Direction: This is Us opens soon worldwide.
The night's next performance came from Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis with the song, "Same Love." Jennifer Hudson joined the duo in the performance. They were presented by Jason Collins.
Adam Lambert presented the award for Artist to Watch. The winner was Austin Mahone.
TBoz and Chilli of TLC welcomed Drake to the stage as the next performer.
Taylor Swift presented the award for Best Male Video. This was Bruno Mars' first moonman for his song, "Locked Out of Heaven." Mr. Mars was the next performer on stage to sing his song, "Gorilla." He was presented by Selena Gomez.
The biggest award of the night was saved for last, Video of the Year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt presented the award to Justin Timberlake for his song, "Mirrors." He dedicated the song to his grandmother.
Katy Perry closed the show with her performance of "Roar" at the Brooklyn Bridge.