Big performances and awkward moments fill the VMAs

Big performances and awkward moments fill the VMAs

By: Jonathan Bennett

The MTV Video Music Awards have a reputation for providing some memorable moments, and the 2013 event, which took place Aug. 25, was no different. With an array of unique performances and big names taking over Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the ceremony was definitely one viewers will remember. 

The big winners
Some of the biggest names in music were rewarded for their music videos with recognition awards. Taylor Swift won the prize for Best Female Video for her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble," while Bruno Mars took home awards for Best Choreography for "Treasure" and Best Male Video for "Locked Out of Heaven." Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also earned multiple custom awards, winning Best Cinematography and Best Hip-Hop Video for "Can't Hold Us," as well as Best Video With a Social Message for the equal rights anthem "Same Love." 

"I never dreamt I would be on a stage accepting an award, any of the awards, in particular for that song," Macklemore said of the win for "Same Love," as quoted by The Boston Globe. "It's much bigger than music. It's equality, so that was the most special for me tonight, but all of them were incredible." 

The prize for Video of the Year went to Justin Timberlake for "Mirrors," and this was just one of the custom trophies the singer took home. 

Justin steals the spotlight
Timberlake won the entertainment award known as the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and as part of his acceptance, he performed a marathon of his songs. Ranging from his latest songs, such as "Suit & Tie" and "Take Back the Night," to his earliest solo hits like "Cry Me a River" and "SexyBack," the extended set allowed the pop star to rock the house. 

In the middle of the medley, Timberlake was joined onstage by his four band mates from 'N Sync: JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. The group was only reunited for a few minutes, but they thrilled the crowd with a rendition of their smash hit "Bye Bye Bye," and Timberlake made sure to thank his former group members for their time together. 

Things get awkward
The awards ceremony was not without some awkward moments. At the beginning of the show, when One Direction came out to present the award for Best Pop Video, the camera cut to Taylor Swift, who appeared to mouth some not-so-nice things about the band and her ex Harry Styles, Us Weekly reports. 

Several audience members also appeared uncomfortable when Miley Cyrus hit the stage to perform her single "We Can't Stop." The pop singer was clad in a metallic leotard and danced with teddy bears until Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar joined her for a remix of "Blurred Lines." At that point, the former child star ripped off her outfit to reveal nude-colored underwear and proceeded to grind on Thicke and dance with a foam finger.