The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards took place in Brooklyn, NY. The show began with Lady Gaga’s very interesting performance of her latest single “Applause” during which she sported a white box on her face. She switched back and forth in different wigs and makeup, and ended the performance by wearing a seashell bra and showing the entire world her bare backside.
The first award of the night, “Best Pop Video,” was announced by One Direction. The award was presented to Selena Gomez for her video “Come and Get It”. When up on stage, Gomez told the world that this was her “first moon man” and 2013 was a great “first year” for her.
Viewers at home had their jaws hitting the floor when Miley Cyrus performed her hit “Can’t Stop”. The 20-year-old actress/ musician came out on stage wearing a leotard with a teddy bear on it that had its tongue sticking out. She constantly had her legs wide open, grinding, and twerking all over the stage. The camera showed members of the audience expressing their mixed feelings. Cyrus finished her performance by ripping her leotard off and dancing around in a nude bandeau and matching underwear. Rob Thicke then performed “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus sang along with him, while she was obscenely dancing with a foam finger.
Eleven years ago Jimmy Fallon hosted the VMA’s. He talked about how Justin Timberlake was the new solo artist at the time. Fallon referred to Timberlake as the “President of Pop”. Timberlake sang a mash up of all of his hits such as: “My Love”, “Cry Me a River”, “Sexy Back”, as well as the highly anticipated performance with N*SYNC, where he performed “Bye Bye Bye”. Timberlake ended his performance with “Suit and Tie” and then he accepted the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Timberlake mentioned in his acceptance speech that he “don’t deserve this award, but I’m not giving it back.”
The awards show was ended with a performance by -Katy Perry singing her latest single, “Rawr”, live for the first time.
List of all winners:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER: One Direction, Best Song Ever
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
BEST MALE VIDEO: Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
BEST POP VIDEO: Selena Gomez, Come and Get It
ARTIST TO WATCH : Austin Mahone, What About Love
BEST COLLABORATION: Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love
BEST ROCK VIDEO: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
BEST ART DIRECTION: Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bruno Mars, Treasure
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
BEST DIRECTION: Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie
BEST EDITING: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD: Justin Timberlake