The MTV Video Music Awards are notorious for creating the most outrageous moments in an award setting. With the help of Miley Cyrus, N*Sync and Justin Timberlake, this year there is no exception.
Though MTV only plays music videos for about two hours a day, from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m., the channel somehow finds an unfounded way to justify the excessive night of circusy performances.
The Oracle has compiled a list of the good, the bad and the ugly memorable moments of the night.
The Good- Justin Timberlake’s performance
Through years of experience, Justin Timberlake has found a way to captivate his audience with talent, class and style. His 15 and a half-minute VMA performance was no exception.
In the worst kept secret of the night, viewers were graced with a reunion many speculated would never happen due to Timberlake’s ever growing success. For one minute and 40 seconds, N*Sync joined Timberlake on stage and performed excerpts and dance moves from which the group is known. The performance was as if the boy band never split.
Timberlake’s performance was not only the best of the night, but also could be said the best the VMA have seen in years.
The Bad-Taylor Swift pulls out the claws
As hands down the best dressed of the night, visually, Taylor Swift was the epitome of elegance, grace and class.
Her class went out the window when ex-boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction began to present the award for best pop video. MTV cameras panned over to Swift who at that moment mouthed the words, “Shut the f— up,” to bestie Selena Gomez.
Though Swift is notorious for throwing her ex-boyfriends under the bus by exposing the harsh details of their relationships in her songs, her unbridled tendency to wear her emotions on her sleeve should probably be saved for a more intimate setting.
The Ugly- Cyrus gives Bynes a run for her money in the “crazy former child star” category
If her VMA performance is an example of Miley Cyrus “just being Miley,” she should really consider being someone else.
Though Twitter and Facebook went berserk during Cyrus’s performance of her latest hit, “We Can’t Stop” due to her outrageous choice of outfit and hairstyle and her shameful mannerisms, she continued her pursuit for shock and awe by disgracefully grinding on Robin Thicke, a married man during their performance of Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines.”
Cyrus had destroyed her childhood Disney image years ago, but her VMA performance may have shattered whatever glimpse of dignity or class that some may have still reserved for her.
Here is the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards list of winners, handed out Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Video of the year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Best female video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Best male video: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Best pop video: Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”
Best hip-hop video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Best rock video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up In the Air”
Best collaboration: Pink and Nate Ruess of fun., “Just Give Me a Reason”
Best video with a social message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
Best song of the summer: One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
Artist to watch: Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
Best direction: Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” (director David Fincher)
Best visual effects: Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Best choreography: Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
Best art direction: Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
Best cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Best editing: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake