2013 mtv vma recap

MTV.ca Staff


2013 MTV VMA Re-cap

MTV Staff

Even before the curtain went up at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards, a handful of artists walked away with Moonmen, presented during the VMA Pre-Show.

Thirty Seconds To Mars took home a Best Rock Video statuette for “Up in the Air.” The band beat out Imagine Dragons for “Radioactive,” Fall Out Boy for “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Mumford & Sons for “I Will Wait,” and Vampire Weekend for “Diane Young.”

Pink, featuring Nate Ruess of fun., also won an early Moonman in the Best Collaboration category for their song “Just Give Me A Reason.”

Other highlights from the Pre-Show included performances by Ariana Grande and Austin Mahone, as well as a first look at the highly anticipated young-adult adaptation “Divergent,” presented by stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Lady Gaga arrived at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards looking for “Applause,” and that is exactly what she got. In her first-ever performance of the debut single from her upcoming ARTPOP album, Gaga did what she does best at the VMAs: she raised the bar … again.

Following Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards might seem daunting, but when it comes to matching epic proportions, One Direction are there. The fivesome stormed the stage, walking underneath the giant KAWS Moonman to their “Best Song Ever.” Wearing various shades of black and blue (and Liam’s red-plaid flannel tied to his waist) the guys carefully opened the VMA envelope: Selena Gomez wins! ¬†Despite Selenators screaming from their couches at home, Gomez’ biggest fan appeared to be seatmate and bestie Taylor Swift, who danced and did some energetic fist pumps in victory.

Next up was Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, who teamed up to turn the 2013 Video Music Awards stage in Brooklyn into a festival of booty as they stormed through a vibrant medley of their hits “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines” and “Give It 2 U.” Miley embraced her role as the new twerk queen as she stripped off her bear-emblazoned leotard to cavort with Robin Thicke for a performance of the singer’s Pharrell Williams-produced mega-hit “Blurred Lines.” Thicke then made his debut VMA performance one to remember as he brought out rappers 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar for the remixed version of his new single “Give It 2 U.

The elusive Daft Punk stepped out at the 2013 Video Music Awards, strutting across Barclays Center to help award the Moonman for Best Female Video to Taylor Swift. Collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers also joined the duo on stage.

They were the ones to beat from early on, and tonight, One Direction took home the Moonman for Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The heartthrobs won the VMA for their comical video for “Best Song Ever,” beating out a handful of other A-listers who were battling it out for summer song supremacy. The fivesome looked dashing in their awards-show best as they took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to take home their prize from presenters Vampire Weekend who noted “there can only be one song of the summer.”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ video for “Can’t Hold Us” won the Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video at Sunday night’s VMAs, beating out Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” J. Cole’s “Power Trip” and A$AP Rocky’s “F—in’ Problems.” The award is another milestone for the Seattle duo, whose trendy ode to frugality, “Thrift Shop,” was an unexpected commercial hit last summer. The award for Best Hip-Hop Video was the third for Macklemore & Lewis, who were up for six total awards. “Can’t Hold Us” won for Best Cinematography, and “Same Love” won the Moonman for Best Video With a Social Message. In receiving the award, Macklemore said that he wanted to win for Best Hip-Hop Video, but that the win for “Same Love” held more weight.

Kanye West spares nothing when it comes to properly sharing his art, but for his performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards, Mr. West was all about making a big statement while keeping it very minimal for the first live rendition of “Blood on the Leaves.” The song began with a very dim light illuminating only ‘Ye’s face, with the rest of the set shrouded in black, as the haunting refrain of the “Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees” came through the speakers in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It wasn’t until the song was finished and a dim blue light spotlighted Kanye for his final seconds onstage that fans even get a chance to see his full figure.

In what is sure to be the reunion heard ’round the world, ‘N Sync appeared on stage at the 2013 Video Music Awards as part of Justin Timberlake‘s career-spanning performance in honor of his Michael Jackson Vanguard Award win. In the midst of a massive performance encompassing JT’s entire canon, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez rose from the floor in smoky silhouette, appearing alongside Timberlake to perform “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye.”

Justin Timberlake rounded out his four Video Music Award wins Sunday night by taking home the award for Video of the Year for “Mirrors,” dedicating the win to his grandmother. “This is a really special video for me because it’s a tribute to my grandparents, ” Timberlake said after accepting the award from Don Jon star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “My grandfather actually passed away in December. I hope my grandmother is watching right now. This is for you, granny.”

Bruno Mars brought some of his own sexual healing to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center when he took the stage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 25), moments after winning his first-ever Moonman for Best Male Video for “Locked Out Of Heaven.” The VMA-nominated singer performed his latest single, the super-sexified “Gorilla,” for the first time in front of the A-listers that filled up the Brooklyn venue.

Katy Perry delivered an uproar-worthy rendition of her hit single “Roar” underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in an epic closing performance to this year’s Video Music Awards.

“I like to have the last word,” Perry told MTV News’ Christina Garibaldi earlier Sunday of having the honor of closing out the show. And it was one heck of a last word.

Full List of Winners

Artist to Watch – Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”

Best Song of the Summer – One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
Iggy Azalea, “Work”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
twenty one pilots, “Holding On To You”
Zedd f/ Foxes, “Clarity”

Best Pop Video – Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”
fun., “Carry On”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Best Hip-hop Video – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
A$AP Rocky f/ 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar, “F**kin’ Problems”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
J. Cole f/ Miguel, “Power Trip”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

Best Male Video – Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”

Best Female Video – Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
P!nk f/ Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Rihanna f/ Mikky Ekko, “Stay”

Best Video with a Social Message – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
Beyonc√©, “I Was Here”
Kelly Clarkson. “People Like Us”
Miguel, “Candles In The Sun”
Snoop Lion f/ Drake & Cori B., “No Guns Allowed”

Best Collaboration – P!nk f/ Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris f/ Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Pitbull f/ Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”

Best Rock Video – Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up In The Air”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Video of the Year – Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”