In the end it was Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis that tied for the most Video Music Awards, taking home three of the Moonmen Each. In second place was Bruno Mars Takes with Two; and Taylor Swift, P!nk, Selena Gomez and 30 Seconds to Mars scored just one apiece.
This year the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” were held right here in our hometown of Brooklyn, lighting up the Barclays Center and earning the title as the first award show to be broadcast live from Brooklyn. Justin Timberlake had a special moment (the longest performance in VMA history) after he belted out a medley of his biggest hits. Though it was leaked a little early, the ‘NSYNC band got back together for the first time in a decade and the crowd loved it. NBA player Jason Collins and A$ap Rocky introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who performed “Same Love.” The duo was joined by Mary Lambert and surprise guest, Jennifer Hudson.
Everything began though with Lady Gaga, who opened with her latest hit “Applause.” Her performance alone was produced by theater artist, Robert Wilson, and had Gaga changing costume quite freqeuntly, she ended with “Birth of Venus” tribute. Then it was her debut album rival ‘Katy Perry’ that closed the show, Katy sang outside the arena, at the Brooklyn Bridge, singing her new song “Roar.”
Kanye West performed “Blood on the Leaves,” for the first time. The song features samples of Nina Simone’s rendition of Billie Holliday’s indelible “Strange Fruit.” Drake performed “Started from the Bottom,” and Bruno Mars brought “Gorilla” to the stage.
It was Miley Cyrus, in her VMA debut, that captured headlines though. The pop-princess had 30-foot teddy bears, a nude bikini, a lot of sexualized dancing, and brought Robert Thicke to the stage to perform ‘Blurred Lines’ after she sang her number one hit “We Can’t Stop.” After those two, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar performed “Give it 2 U.”
Jimmy Fallon presented Justin Timberlake with the prestigious “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.” Timberlake also took home three limited-edition KAWS Moonmen, including “Video of the Year,” presented to him by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also big VMA winners, taking home three Moonmen for categories including “Best Hip-Hop Video” and the “Best Video with a Social Message.” Bruno Mars took home two awards including “Best Male Video” for “Locked out of Heaven.”
Before introducing “Best Female Video,” which went to Taylor Swift for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” the French electronic duo Daft Punk premiered a sneak peek from their upcoming music video “Lose Yourself to Dance,” along with Pharell and Nile Rogers. P!nk won “Best Collaboration” for “Just Give me a Reason” with Nate Ruess from fun.; Selena Gomez took home “Best Pop Video” for “Come and Get It;” and 30 Seconds to Mars won “Best Rock Video” for “Up in the Air.”
There were two new awards, Artist to Watch (Austin Mahone for “What About Love”) and Best Song of the Summer (One Direction for “Best Song Ever”).
Full List of 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” Winners Below:
- * Video Of The Year: Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
- * Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Cant’ 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: P!nk feat. 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 feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”
- * Best Choreography: Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
- * Best Cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Cant’ Hold Us”
- * Best Direction: Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z – “Suit & Tie”
- * Best Editing: Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
- * Best Visual Effects: Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
- * Song Of The Summer: One Direction – “Best Song Ever”