It was a big night for Brooklyn. The Barclay Center took center stage to some of the music world’s biggest talents, hosting this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) in New York City. It was a night to remember as Lady Gaga again shocked her fans by starting on the red carpet elegantly dressed, only to don multiple costume changes ranging from a nun’s habit to a seashell bikini and multiple wig, wardrobe and makeup changes. But the night’s two biggest winners were Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake who scored at the VMA’s with top awards. Added The Huffington Post, “Five of the year's biggest hits were up for Best Pop Video at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, with Selena Gomez taking home the Moonman for the category.” For more about tonight’s big awards visit http://www.mtv.com for up to the minute coverage today (August 26) from yesterday evening’s awards.
Added The Huffington Post, “Selena Gomez won the award for the visuals to her hit single "Come & Get It." The music video shows the 21-year-old star in various picturesque scenes, including a flower field, a mountain range, and a body of water. "Come & Get It" is the lead single off of Gomez's 2013 album, "Stars Dance." Added The Huffington Post, “Gomez's "Come & Get It" topped the category, beating out Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," fun.'s "Carry On," Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," and Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors." Gomez, who was a presenter at the awards show, was also nominated for Best Song of the Summer.”
The New York Daily News added, “Brooklyn enjoyed a starring role at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Not only did the VMAs, at the Barclays Center, serve as the first major awards show ever beamed from the borough — but its stars, from Lady Gaga to Robin Thicke to Miley Cyrus, walked the red carpet past the iconic brownstones of the neighborhood and through a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge.”
Added The News, “Even the house ads had a local flavor, featuring the Bedford Avenue subway stop in Williamsburg and the grittier Brooklyn streets.” Hot new star Harry Stiles added on stage, according to The News, “We may be from England but tonight’s show is about celebrating Brooklyn, New York.” The setting had stiff competition for “Applause” by Lady Gaga also drew, well, applause. According to The News, “As if aiming to set a world’s record for costume changes, Gaga whipped through five different looks in three minutes. After a literal in-your-face kickoff — featuring an extreme close-up shot of her eyes and mouth — Gaga revealed an outfit that seemed to come straight from the closet of The Flying Nun. From there, she sported a series of wigs, dresses and face-paints, ending up with just clamshells over her breasts and a flowery G-string in her nether regions.”
Justin Timberlake reunites with NSYNC
CBS News reported that Justin Timberlake won video of the year at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, capping off a night full of memorable moments for the singer. “The 32-year-old entertainer won the top honor for "Mirrors" on the same night he reunited briefly with *NSYNC and received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award on Sunday as the awards debuted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.” According to CBS News, “Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the night's top winners, taking home best hip-hop video for "Can't Hold Us" and best video with a social message for "Same Love," a marriage equality anthem. Other winners included Taylor Swift, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez and Thirty Seconds to Mars.” “Timberlake's performance and the *NSYNC reunion took over the awards ceremony, wrestling the spotlight away from a rehabilitated Lady Gaga, an X-rated Miley Cyrus and a vengeful Taylor Swift with a medley of hits and the reunion of his former boy band,” according to CBS News. “Dressed in a black suit and black hat with a red feather, Timberlake powered through a breathless series of solo hits before the other four members of *NSYNC -- JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass -- joined him on stage for a brief rendition of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye," added CBS News.
Timberlake added in his acceptance speech, "I don't deserve the award, but I'm not going to give it back," Timberlake said. "I'm taking this home." “He then thanked his *NSYNC band mates. "Half of the moonmen I've ever won, I won with those four guys right there," Timberlake said pointing at them while holding his trophy. "So above all else, I'm going to share this -- we can keep it my house -- but I'm going to share this award with them," according to CBS News.
Gaga goes wild
“It was Gaga’s first live extravaganza since undergoing hip surgery earlier this year. Appearing during the pre-show, Gaga revealed yet another look: a pitch-black ball gown with a tight train that made her look like a lost cousin to Morticia Addams,” added CBS News. “The VMAs, long known for its rude language and surprises, lived up to its crying-for-attention legacy with Cyrus’ performance. Lewdly thrusting out her tongue and nastily stroking her crotch, this one-time teen star worked hard to bag the sleaze award of the night. To cement the title, she stripped down to a flesh bikini during a duet with Thicke on his smash hit “Blurred Lines,” according to the CBS News report.
All in all, this year’s VMA’s at Brooklyn’s own Barclay Center brought the show to an all-time high. Staten Island arts fans, we can only hope our own St. George Theatre in Staten Island could one day host a similarly hot awards show. Staten Island arts fans; this was one night in music that we won’t soon forget.