It was a huge night for Justin Timberlake on Sunday (25Aug13) when he ruled the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 in New York by picking up four honours and delivering the night’s performance highlight.
The pop superstar took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Video of the Year for Mirrors, which also claimed Best Editing honours, and his Suit & Tie promo earned the Best Direction prize.
He also wowed the audience with a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of his solo hits and a brief ‘N Sync reunion.
Rap duo MACklemore & Ryan Lewis were also big winners – they scored Best Hip Hop Video and Best Cinematography trophies for their Can’t Hold Us promo and also landed the night’s Best Video with a Social Message award for their gay anthem Same Love, which they performed with Mary Lambert and special guest Jennifer Hudson.
MTV VMA ’13 HIGHLIGHTS
– Lady Gaga kicked off the ceremony at the Barclays Center with her new single ‘Applause ‘in typical bizarre fashion, dressed as a futuristic Mother Superior. She began her performance wearing a weird white nun’s habit which was quickly ripped off her by dancers to reveal a glittery black leotard with matching skull cap.
-N’Sync Reunion! Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick reunited on the stage for a spirited rendition of “Bye, Bye, Bye”- their first performance together since 2003.
-Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performed an insane, raunchy rendition of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines”, which involved dancing teddy bears, Miley’s new hairstyle – tight cat-ear-like bunches on top and a short ponytail and a lot of twerking.
-Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, MACklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Drake also hit the Barclays Center stage, while Katy Perry closed the 2013 ceremony by performing her new song Roar from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
Here’s the full list of 2013 MTV VMAs winners:
Video of the Year – Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Best Hip-Hop Video – Can’t Hold Us by MACklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Best Male Video – Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
Best Female Video – I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
Best Pop Video – Come & Get It by Selena Gomez
Artist to Watch – Austin Mahone
Best Collaboration – Just Give Me a Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Best Video with a Social Message – Same Love by MACklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Rock Video – Up in the Air by 30 Seconds to Mars
Best Art Direction – Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu
Best Choreography – Treasure by Bruno Mars
Best Cinematography – Can’t Hold Us bu MACklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Best Direction – Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
Best Editing – Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Best Visual Effects – Safe & Sound by Capital Cities
Best Song of the Summer – Best Song Ever by One Direction