2013 MTV VMAs: Highlights + Winners

The 2013 MTV VMAs has officially ended – but not without some (or rather, several) wtf moments. (We’re still recovering.)

All "applause" in on Lady Gaga at the VMAs. (Getty)

All “applause” is on Lady Gaga at the VMAs. (Getty)

Former meat dress advocate Lady Gaga opened the show with her newest single, “Applause“, which, albeit becoming subtle this time, still fared with the Gaga standards of that usual ‘pomp’ factor. It’s a faint return to The Fame era, it seems.

Not to be outsmarted is the reincarnation of Miley Cyrus, the year’s twerk queen, who brought her teddy bears and ridiculously sharp tongue on “We Can’t Stop“. Though Will Smith’s entire family was flabbergasted — or disgusted? —  the diva was actually at home with her ghetto self.

However, not even Robin Thicke‘s joining the stage hasn’t stopped her from wagging that thang (if you’d call it such.)

Miley Cyrus "can't be stopped" at shaking it on the VMAs.

Miley Cyrus “can’t be stopped” at shaking it on the VMAs. (Getty)

The rumors were proven to be true when Justin Timberlake hit the stage. Yes, he received the “Video Vanguard” award and literally performed each of his hits, but the short (and disappointing) reunion with the boys of *NSYNC up there were one of the most-talked about highlights of the night.

How about a longer medley sometime, boys? We can’t bid you ‘bye, bye, bye’ yet.

Justin and his boys from *NSYNC rock the VMAs anew. (Getty)

Justin and his boys from *NSYNC rock the VMAs anew. (Getty)

Closing the ceremonies is the returning Katy Perry. Donning a tiger-inspired boxing outfit on a ring-like stage with the Brooklyn Bridge behind her, the songstress is indeed a champion with her performance of “Roar“.

For the winners, you might want to scrutinize this:

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 COLLABORATION: Pink & Nate Reuss, “Just Give Me A Reason”
BEST ROCK VIDEO: 30 Seconds To Mars, “Up In The Air”
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”
BEST POP VIDEO: Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER: One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
ARTIST TO WATCH: Austin Mahone
BEST DIRECTION: Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie” (Director: David Fincher)
BEST EDITING: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Capital Cities, “Safe And Sound”
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
BEST ART DIRECTION: Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”

Louder than a lion: that's Katy Perry at the VMAs.

Louder than a lion: that’s Katy Perry at the VMAs. (Getty)