YOLO may have finally gone wrong. Sort of fitting that it would happen on live television at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards when Miley Cyrus hit the stage to perform blurred lines with Robin Thicke. Their onstage antics – highlighted by Miley’s attempts to continue her twerking tear despite an obvious lack of assets as well as appearances from 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – amused some, horrified many and very likely angered others; the feminists leading the charge against Thicke’s summer smash are surely steaming after Miley’s display.
Luckily, Justin Timberlake was there to save the day with an ‘N Sync reunion and a major win as he walked away with Video Of The Year for “Mirrors” – which hovers close to 100 million views on Youtube – and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. His win was met with a flurry of internet chatter as the public debated whether JT deserved to be mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jackson. Though the argument has little space to grow here, it is worth noting that no other major artist is as close to doing MJs legacy as much justice in performance as of late. Lest we forget Justified. Whether that influence applies to his videos, however, is something that remains to be seen. Justin wrapped things up by dedicating the award to his ‘N Sync brethren, who had just stormed the stage for a performance with him prior to the presentation of the KAWS‘ moon man.
Other highlights of the evening included performances from Kanye West with a dark live rendition of “Blood On The Leaves”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ Best Video win and performance of “Same Love” and Drake turned all the way up with “Started From The Bottom.” The audience also got track previews from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Daft Punk. Katy Perry closed the show with a huge performance of “Roar” live from the Brooklyn Bridge. Check the footage below to get a taste of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.