MTV’s Video Music Awards: Who Got Cheered, Who Got Booed and Who Got Naked

Justin Timberlake dominated last night’s live broadcast of MTV's typically glitzy Video Music Awards

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'NSYNC performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 25, 2013.

First, the essential news: Lady Gaga got on stage wearing a nun’s habit and departed wearing a clam-shell bra, a suggestion of a thong that vanished up her backside and a mop of yellow hair. And that was just the opening act.

Nevertheless, it was Justin Timberlake who dominated last night’s live broadcast of MTV’s typically glitzy Video Music Awards; he collected three moonmen and a “Vanguard Award,” the MTV equivalent of a lifetime achievement gong for performers not long into their 30s. “I don’t deserve the award,” Timberlake conceded in his acceptance speech, “but I’m not going to give it back.” He shared the credit with his former bandmates from ‘NSYNC, who joined him onstage for a show-stopping performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye.” Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez leapt out of their seats to sing along. The brief performance triggered an explosion of nostalgic social media comments. “JT & NSYNC I fricken love you,” tweeted Jersey Shore star Snooki from the studio audience, adding: “You are LIFE.”

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Disney Channel alum Miley Cyrus buried her kid-friendly image for good with a sultry performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.” The singer, 20, flanked by back-up dancers in teddy-bear costumes, stripped out of a silver-sequined leotard, down to a flesh-toned bikini and performed a lap-dance for Robin Thicke.

The award for best video with a social message went to Seattle native Macklemore for his gay-rights anthem, “Same Love.” Jason Collins, the first openly gay player for the NBA, introduced the 30-year-old rapper. “The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Collins said.

A startling number of boos greeted hit boy band One Direction as they accepted the award for Best Song of the Summer for their “Best Song Ever.” An incensed Lady Gaga joined the Anglo-Irish quintet backstage and threw her supportive arms around their shoulders. “I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have,” she said. Taylor Swift was less sympathetic. Fresh from a recent break-up with One Direction’s Harry Styles, Swift was caught on camera turning to Selena Gomez and apparently mouthing the words “Shut the f***up” as her ex took the stage. Later in the evening she delivered a subtle dig to Styles in her acceptance speech for Best Female Video for her song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” She said, “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these,” holding up her moonman to cheers.

Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars and Pink also took home awards.  A full list of winners can be found here for those who are interested in the awards themselves. For those who are more interested in the drama that necessarily unfolds when every major pop star is gathered into one arena, a GIF of Taylor Swift perpetually dropping the F-bomb can be found here.

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12 comments
MomDocKathleen
MomDocKathleen

Video music awards too sexual this year? No surprise. As a pediatrician, I see young girls wearing thong underwear all the time: http://ow.ly/oks9Q

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

Remember when people who actually wrote and performed their own songs won awards?

JohnTrapp
JohnTrapp

Absolutely pathetic. This is what the music industry is reduced to today boys and girls, karaoke lip-synching ... 'N-sync  although they lip-sync like Japanese in a Godzilla movie. And Disney products lip-synching to incredibly bad music while they constantly stick out their tongue. Anyone who spends a dime on this absolute utter sheit needs to seriously consider mental therapy.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Sorry ; haven't got a telly . ( boring )

Johnnyboy
Johnnyboy

Taylor said "sorry for my arm" to Selena, there might be some wishful thinking going on 

RickAllen
RickAllen

Does MTV even play videos anymore? 

lalalalalalamerica
lalalalalalamerica

@harte.ryan Remember when people who didn't write the songs they performed won awards too... because that's been happening forever. Michael Jackson didn't write Thriller. Aretha Franklin didn't write her own music. Burt Bacharach wrote plenty of hits that he didn't sing himself. Not every songwriter has a voice. Not every talented vocalist has song writing abilities. Talent deserves praise. Don't be jelly.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@RickAllen 

they haven't played a video in it's entirety since probably sometime around 2002