What did we learn from this year's MTV Video Music Awards
Popular singers today can't hold a candle to those who came before them, with the reunions of 'N Sync and TLC proving as much, although the two ladies from TLC didn't perform but presented instead. It also showed how much popular music today is just cluttered with noise. Finally, thank goodness for Justin Timberlake, who saved an otherwise long and obnoxious night.
Nevertheless, here are the moments that everyone was talking/tweeting/Facebooking about.
Lady Gaga Opens the Show
When Lady Gaga's face appeared that close up, didn't you suddenly wish big-screen televisions and HD weren't invented? This performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was her first in a while after her hip surgery, and she looked great. There's no denying her theatrics, craziness and voice. I could've gone without seeing that the back of her bikini was a thong, though.
Miley Cyrus Twerks It
Where do you even start with Miley Cyrus? She's been a bit of a hot mess for a while now. As much as it's painful to watch, she can do her own thing with her own song "We Can't Stop," but she then spoils this year's summer jam, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" by singing it as a duet with him, humping a foam finger and grinding on him with his wife, Paula Patton, in attendance. None of that is okay!
Taylor Swift Dedicates Award
MTV thinks they're so slick. There's Kanye West performing his new single, "Blood on the Leaves," and the next award that's presented just has to be the one that Taylor Swift wins. Then when she dedicated her award, Best Female Video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," to the heartbreaker ex who inspired the song, the camera cut to Harry Styles.
Unfortunately, you can't see that part in this video.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' poignant performance of "Same Love" feels out of place in such an outrageous night. It's pretty much the only thing with some depth. The cameo by Jennifer Hudson is a nice touch.
The Big Reunion
The possibility of an 'N Sync reunion was all the rage leading up the show -- will they or won't they? Justin Timberlake was doing his thing and then there they are! The rest of 'N Sync rising from the ashes -- err, smoke. But take a short bathroom break, or even blink, and you'll likely the boy band. For something so hyped, it ended just as it was getting started. What a disappointment!
Besides that, it's the Justin Timberlake show. He not only won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but he also sang and danced his way through a medley of old vs. new, including "Rock Your Body," "Mirrors," "SexyBack" and "Take Back the Night."
Not only that, Justin got the big award of the night -- Music Video of the Year for "Mirrors."
If only he and presenter Jimmy Fallon had performed their "History of Rap," it would've capped off what was easily the best part of the night.
Katy Perry Closes the Show
Performing under the Brooklyn Bridge, Katy Perry ended the night with a boxing theme, complete with a ring, shiny gloves, shorts with a flame print and even a trainer as she sang to "Roar." All a bit cheesy, but were you expecting anything else?
Complete List of Winners
Best Collaboration: "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Best Rock Video: "Up in the Air," Thirty Seconds to Mars
Best Pop Video: "Come and Get It," Selena Gomez
Best Hip-Hop Video: "Can't Hold Us," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Best Female Video: "I Knew You Were Trouble," Taylor Swift
Best Video with a Social Message: "Same Love," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Song of the Summer: "Best Song Ever," One Direction
Artist to Watch: "What About Love," Austin Mahone
Best Male Video: "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars
Video of the Year:
"Mirrors," Justin Timberlake
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(Image courtesy of MTV)