VMA’s 2013 – Best and worst of the night

Highlights and low-lights of the 2013 VMA’s.


Photo Credit: Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma Press/MCT

“Just being Miley?” Former Disney pop princess, Miley Cyrus had one of the most tweeted about moments of the night.

The VMAs took over twitter’s trending topics on August 25. Artists and fans anxiously awaited the start of the highly anticipated award show.

Between Lady Gaga’s opening, N Sync’s reunion, and Miley Cyrus’ performance reminding us that she can’t be tamed, the VMA’s were the most tweeted about event of the week.

The show began with Lady Gaga performing her new song “Applause.” Her outfit represented the style of the Gaga era. She started off by wearing the wig she used in her first single, “Poker Face”, and continued changing to represent highlights of her career. Will Smith, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Rihanna were seen on the crowd camera dancing and singing.

Afterwards came Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance which, as told by the International Business Times, was one of the most controversial performances in VMA history. Her performance broke a record for “most tweeted event of the night,” with over 306,000 tweets per minute, beating last year’s super bowl. Following Miley’s appearance, Robin Thicke performed “Give it 2 u” featuring 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Later came Kanye West, who debuted his song “Blood on the Leaves.”

Next came, what according to Fox News, “stole the show”, Justin Timberlake. Timberlake performed a medley of his hits. This included “Take Back the Night,” “Sexy Back,” “My Love” and many more. He surprised everyone by reuniting the members of ‘N Sync. The popular band soon took over the amphitheater. The crowd camera caught artists such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga having a blast as the band performed.

Once they finished performing, Jimmy Fallon took the stage to present Timberlake with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.”

After receiving their award for “Best video with a Social Message,” Macklemore & Ryan Louis performed their hit song “Same Love” and received a surprise appearance by Jennifer Hudson.

Drake and Bruno Mars also performed their records “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Gorilla.”

To finish the awards of the night, Joseph Gordon-Levitt welcomed Timberlake back to the stage and presented him with “Video of the Year.”

Katy Perry took over the outside stage to perform her new single “Roar.” She closed the show by thanking Brooklyn, MTV, and the fans.

After a night that was “chock-full of surprises and performances,” as told by US Weekly, the VMA’s were “an awards show everyone will be talking about for a while.”

The highlighted winners of the night from MTV.com:
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Best Male Video: Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake – “Mirror”
MTV Video Vanguard: Justin Timberlake