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Did y'all tune in to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards last night? This year marked the 30th anniversary of the VMAs, and held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, it was also a departure in location as well for the awards show. Since it was such a momentous year for the VMAs, the show made sure to pull out ALL the stops when it came to putting on a spectacle, and whether or not you tuned in last night, you're going to want to read our recap of the 2013 VMAs.
The night kicked off with a close-up of Lady Gaga's face as she sang the lyrics to her leaked song "Aura", then launched into a stellar performance of "Applause" where she changed her outfit FIVE times:
Selena Gomez picked up the first award of the night for "Best Pop Video" for her song "Come & Get It", which makes sense, because we kinda love the tune and the vid. But the vibe of the show quickly changed when Miley Cyrus hit the stage, starting off with her hit "We Can't Stop", and eventually was joined by Robin Thicke for a "Blurred Lines" duet. 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar also appeared on stage to rap along to the beat of Thicke's summer smash, but the attention could not be turned away from Miley and Robin dirty dancing for the world to see. Talk about awkward!
Iggy Azalea and Lil' Kim took to the stage to award the "Best Hip Hop Video" award to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "Can't Hold Us", followed by Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars introducing Kanye West's performance. The rapper surprised us by performing "Blood On The Leaves" with a completely understated set:
Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell gave the award for "Best Female Video" to Taylor Swift for "I Knew You Were Trouble", where TayTay stirred up a little controversy by throwing some shade to her lyrical inspiration for the track. "I have an award and you don't!" — ruthless, Taylor!
Continuing their winning streak, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received the "Best Video With A Social Message" award from Ed Sheeran for "Same Love", which they were deeply grateful to have because of how important the song is to them. Then, all eyes were on Justin Timberlake as Jimmy Fallon introduced the performer as "the President Of Pop", which we think is an extremely fitting moniker.
Since Justin was slotted to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, we knew his performance was going to be unreal, and we weren't disappointed. Clocking in at over 10 minutes, the hitmaker performed ALL (and we mean ALL) of his hits, starting out with his latest release "Take Back The Night" and closing with "Mirrors". HOWEVER, the best part of JT's set was right smack in the middle, when 'N SYNC made an appearance!
The rumored reunion came true, and even though it was short, they still performed snippets of "Gone", "Girlfriend", and "Bye Bye Bye". We sincerely hope a reunion tour is on the way!
After we cooled down from the amazing JT / 'N Sync spectacular, half of Vampire Weekend came out to present the award for "Song Of The Summer" to none other than One Direction for "Best Song Ever". Then, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought their anthem "Same Love" to the stage, featuring the song's guest vocalist Mary Lambert and a special appearance by Jennifer Hudson!
Emeli Sande and Adam Lambert kept the show going by handing the Moonman for Artist To Watch to Austin Mahone, then TLC's T-Boz and Chilli brought Drake to the stage where he sang "Hold On We're Going Home" and busted out his huge hit "Started From The Bottom".
Taylor Swift came back to the VMAs stage to hand out the award for "Best Male Video" to Bruno Mars for "Locked Out Of Heaven", marking the first Moonman trophy for the singer, then Selena Gomez intro'd him for his debut of "Gorilla", which is sure to be a huge hit. With a visually stunning performance featuring practically every laser light in existence, Bruno's performance could be one of our faves of the night.
Winning the coveted "Video Of The Year" award for "Mirrors", JT definitely cleaned up at the 2013 VMAs, and then the entire show came to a close with Katy Perry performing her comeback single "Roar" in a boxing ring under the Brooklyn Bridge:
What was YOUR favorite moment at the 2013 VMAs? Worst moment? Who deserved to win, and who was robbed?