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2013 MTV Video Music Awards

2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Sunday, August 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)
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The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[1] Marking the 30th installment of the award show, they were the first to be held in New York City not to use a venue within the borough of Manhattan. Nominations were announced on July 17, 2013. Leading the nominees were Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with six, followed by Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke with four.[2][3] Justin Timberlake was the big winner on the night with four awards including Video of the Year.[4][5][6] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift were also the other major winners of the night. The ceremony drew a total of 10.1 million viewers.[7]

The show was most notable for Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's raunchy and sexually-driven performance for the medley of their songs "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines", which received negative reactions from critics and mixed reactions from fans and fellow celebrities. The ceremony also gained mass media attention when 'N Sync made their first televised appearance together since 2003 during Justin Timberlake's fifteen-minute performance leading up to his acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Austin Mahone "What About Love"
Ariana Grande "Baby I"
"The Way"
Main show
Lady Gaga "Applause"
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
2 Chainz
Kendrick Lamar
"We Can't Stop"
"Blurred Lines"
"Give It 2 U"
Kanye West "Blood on the Leaves"
Justin Timberlake Medley
  1. "Take Back the Night"
  2. "SexyBack"
  3. "Like I Love You"
  4. "My Love"
  5. "Cry Me a River" (contains elements of "What Goes Around... Comes Around")
  6. "Señorita"
  7. "Rock Your Body" (contains elements of "Let the Groove Get In" and "FutureSex/LoveSound")
  8. Interlude (contains elements of "Pusher Love Girl" and "Gone")
  9. "Girlfriend" (with 'N Sync)
  10. "Bye Bye Bye" (with 'N Sync)
  11. "Suit & Tie"
  12. "Mirrors"
Ryan Lewis
Mary Lambert
Jennifer Hudson
"Same Love"
Drake "Hold On, We're Going Home"
"Started from the Bottom"
Bruno Mars "Gorilla"
Katy Perry "Roar" (performed in Empire – Fulton Ferry Park)
House artist


List of presenters:[8]

Winners and nominees

Nominees were announced on July 17, 2013.[9][10] Winners were announced on August 25, 2013. [11]

Video of the Year

Justin Timberlake — "Mirrors"

Best Male Video

Bruno Mars — "Locked Out of Heaven"

Best Female Video

Taylor Swift — "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Artist to Watch

Austin Mahone — "What About Love"

Best Pop Video

Selena Gomez — "Come & Get It"

Best Rock Video

Thirty Seconds to Mars — "Up in the Air"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton) — "Can't Hold Us"

Best Collaboration

Pink (featuring Nate Ruess) — "Just Give Me a Reason"

Best Direction

Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) — "Suit & Tie" (Director: David Fincher)

Best Choreography

Bruno Mars — "Treasure" (Choreographer: Bruno Mars)

Best Visual Effects

Capital Cities — "Safe and Sound" (Visual Effects: Grady Hall, Jonathan Wu and Derek Johnson)

Best Art Direction

Janelle Monáe (featuring Erykah Badu) — "Q.U.E.E.N." (Art Director: Veronica Logsdon)

Best Editing

Justin Timberlake — "Mirrors" (Editors: Jarrett Fijal and Bonch LA)

Best Cinematography

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton) — "Can't Hold Us" (Directors of Photography: Jason Koenig, Ryan Lewis and Mego Lin)

Best Video with a Social Message

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Mary Lambert) — "Same Love"

Best Song of the Summer

One Direction — "Best Song Ever"

Best Latino Artist

23x15px Daddy Yankee

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Miley Cyrus' performance

Pop singer Miley Cyrus became the subject of widespread media attention and public scrutiny following a controversial performance and duet with Robin Thicke. The performance began with Cyrus performing "We Can't Stop" in bear-themed attire. Following this, Thicke entered the stage and Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece latex outfit. Cyrus subsequently touched Thicke's crotch area with a giant pedicured foam finger and twerked against him.[13]

An article published in The Hollywood Reporter described the performance as "crass" and "reminiscent of a bad acid trip". Media attention of the performance largely overshadowed the attention that was given to other major events of the night, such as the reunion of 'N Sync and performances by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.[14] The performance was described by XXL critic B. J. Steiner as a "trainwreck in the classic sense of the word as the audience reaction seemed to be a mix of confusion, dismay and horror in a cocktail of embarrassment",[15] while the BBC said Cyrus stole the show with a "raunchy performance".[16] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine published a criticism of the presentation of Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013, "It's Miley, Bitch: The Tongue That Licked the World." The article deceptively praises the performance of the singer said: "Miley was the one star in the room who truly understood what the MTV Video Music Awards are all about — [...] acting out America's goriest pop-psycho nightmares. [...] Miley stole the night, which is why the nation is still in recovery today. Thanks, Miley [...]"[17]

The performance generated 306,100 tweets per minute on Twitter, Cyrus' performance resulted in a gain of over 213,000 Twitter followers, 226,000 likes on Facebook, and 90,000 downloads of her new promotional single, "Wrecking Ball", within days of the controversial performance. This amounted to a total 112% increase in Cyrus' social media activity.[18]


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  2. ^ Stark, George (25 August 2013). "It’s not a strip show! Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus perform in their smalls as they fight for the limelight on sexed up MTV VMAs 2013". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (26 August 2013). "At Video Music Awards, a Lot to Look Away From". New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Macklemore Rock Brooklyn at MTV VMAs 2013". 26 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (26 August 2013). "Justin Timberlake Wins Top Prize, Macklemore Earns Three Moonmen". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Clark, Cindy (26 August 2013). "Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga sizzle at MTV VMAs". USA Today. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Rick Kissell @ratesrick (2013-08-26). "Ratings: VMA Awards Draw 10.1 Million on Sunday". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  8. ^ "About the 2013 Video Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Montgomery, James (July 17, 2012). "2013 MTV Video Music Awards: The Nominations Are In!". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ Best Song of the Summer 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
  11. ^ The 2013 Video Music Awards Winners Are In!. Retrieved on Sep 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "Best Latino Artist of 2013". Tr3s. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  13. ^ "Parents' fury at Miley Cyrus' VMA performance as she desperately tried (and succeeded) to shed her wholesome Disney image by simulating sex acts with a foam finger". Daily Mail. Daily Mail and General Trust. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ A. Mulholland (August 26, 2013). "Miley Cyrus's VMA performance sets viewers abuzz". CTV News. CTV Television Network. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Steiner, B. J. (August 26, 2013). "The Most Awkward Hip-Hop Moments At MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards". XXL. Harris Publications. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Justin Timberlake wins big at MTV awards, Miley Cyrus steals show". BBC News. BBC. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ ROB SHEFFIELD (August 26, 2013). "It's Miley, Bitch: The Tongue That Licked the World". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ Joanna Crawley (August 31, 2013). "Miley Cyrus' Raunchy VMAs Performance Helps Star Gain 213,104 Twitter Followers And Sell 90,000 Downloads". Entertainmentwise. Gigwise. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 

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