For those of you who did not watch the Brooklyn-based 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, don’t worry. We’ve put together everything you need to know about what went down – enough to get you through any one of your workplace water cooler conversations!
1. Anyone who skimmed their Facebook feeds this morning saw the 90s tween in their adult friends come out over Justin Timberlake’s performance. The rumor that NSYNC would reunite at the end of Timberlake’s medley turned out to be completely true!. The ’90s boy band joined JT onstage at the Barclays Center and sang bits of their hits Girlfriend and Bye Bye Bye (they threw in some Bye Bye Bye choreography as too!). Oh, and the rest of Justin’s solo performance was swoon-worthy as well!
Here is the portion of his LONG performance featuring NSYNC in all their glory:
2. The other performance garnering some substantial press is actually not Lady Gaga’s live debut of her new single, Applause. It is actually 20-year-old Miley Cyrus’ awkwardly inappropriate time on stage. Cyrus came out – tweaking and being all sorts of weird – to her song, We Can’t Stop. And, after the music video for that song, the performance actually was pretty normal. It was the second half of her act, singing Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke on stage that it got kinda…uncomfortable. The just-out-of-her-teens-can’t-forget-she-was-on-disney singer began grinding and rubbing foam fingers on and groping on Thicke with the enthusiasm of a cat in heat while he, mostly, just stood and sang. The whole thing was awkward because (1) Cyrus is actually engaged and thirty-six-year-old Thicke is married, (2) the age difference is kinda visible in a stop-doing-that-young-lady kind of way and (3) Cyrus just seems to be trying way to hard. Oh, and watch for the camera cut to Will Smith and his kids during the performance, looking all sorts of disgusted or shocked. The rest of the audience, like One Direction wore condescending smiles through their performance. Check out an HD, official video of the performance here!
3. Rita Ora was mistaken for Beyonce on Twitter when the singer took to the red carpet before the show. Basically, it was the highlight of Ora’s life – naturally – to be mistaken for Beyonce, so you should know people are talking about it. It’s definitely the hair that threw everyone off. Both artists just debuted their platinum blonde bobs to the world. Them bobs can be confusing!
4. Everyone is trying to guess what Taylor Swift said to Selena Gomez when the camera cut to her while her ex, Harry Styles of One Direction, was presenting an award on stage. What did she say exactly? There are different speculations. But, the majority of everyone agrees the country songstress said “Shut the f— up!” Styles, 19, and Swift briefly dated last year, but the couple split up in January. Neither camp has made comment of the moment personally or through their reps so far. But, Swift is often caught on an audience cam making less than friendly faces or gestures towards other artists.
5. There were some hits and some serious misses on the red carpet. Miley Cyrus we can safely put in the “miss” category. Our favorites were Katy Perry and Selena Gomez! Get it girls!
6. And, of course, here are the winners you should know about. For the complete list, including the awards for best direction and choreography, etc, click here:
- Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
- Best Hip Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
- Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
- Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
- Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez, Come and Get It
- Artist to Watch: Austin Mahone, What About Love
- Best Collaboration: Pink ft. Nate Tuess, Just Give Me A Reason
- Best Video With A Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love
- Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air