The 2013 MTV VMAs aired on Aug. 25 and music’s huge night was filled with tons of high and a few low moments. This year, the VMAs took place at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, a city that has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest groups. As always, the stars turned out in force to honor this year’s winners.
The top moment of the night belongs to Justin Timberlake, who reigned supreme at the 2013 MTV VMAs. Not only did he reunite with NSYNC after a decade, but he also performed a stunning 15-minute set of hits and took home four moonmen for Video of the Year, Best Editing, Best Direction and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. CBS News stated of Timberlake that his Video of the Year win "capped off a night full of memorable moments for the singer. "It was truly Timberlake’s night to shine and he did just that.
At the other end of the spectrum, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, artists behind two controversial summer singles, joined forces for a surreal performance. Singing “We Can’t Stop” while wearing a furry bustier, Cyrus at one point grabbed one of her dancer’s rear ends before stripping down to a flesh-colored two-piece to join Thicke in a racy rendition of “Blurred Lines.” The number was panned on Twitter and other social media sites for being too racy, even for the MTV VMAs. Breeanna Hare from CNN wrote on Monday, "Miley Cyrus stole Gaga's outrageous performance crown."
Lady Gaga opened the 2013 MTV VMAs and her live rendition of “Applause” was very good, although not as shocking as past VMA performances. Gaga did manage four on-stage costume changes, though. Katy Perry closed out the night with a boxer-themed live performance of her new hit single “Roar.” It was stellar and delivered a huge closing punch, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. In between, there were plenty of other top moments, including gal pals Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez each winning a moonman. Bruno Mars performed his ultra-sexy song “Gorilla” while a giant green gorilla somehow managed to overshadow the X-rated lyrics. MTV said "Bruno Mars brought some of his own sexual healing to Brooklyn's Barclay Center."
Like Justin Timberlake, Macklemore was a star at the 2013 MTV VMAs. He and Ryan Lewis performed their marriage equality anthem “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson. They won Best Video with a Message, Best Rap Video and Best Cinematography. NBA star Jason Collins introduced "Same Love" by saying, "The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in." Collins was the first major male athlete to come out as gay.
The MTV VMAs have come a long way from its introduction in 1984. The awards have always attracted the biggest stars and its ratings have continually gone up the charts. In 2013, the VMAs lived up to its reputation and delivered all that is expected of it – tributes (Justin Timberlake), controversies (Miley Cyrus), sucker punches (Taylor Swift’s backside comment to Harry Styles), the whole works. The VMAs is really all about pop stardom in the music-video era.
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