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2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSunday, August 25, 2013
LocationBarclays Center (Brooklyn, New York City)
CountryUnited States
Most awardsJustin Timberlake (4)
Most nominationsJustin Timberlake (6)
Television/radio coverage
Produced byAmy Doyle
Garrett English
Jesse Ignjatovic
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byHamish Hamilton
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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 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with six, followed by Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke with four.[2] Pop singer Justin Timberlake was the big winner on the night with four awards, including Video of the Year for "Mirrors" and the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award.[3][4] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift were also among the winners of the night.[5] The ceremony drew a total of 10.1 million viewers.

The show featured 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 most watched performance of the night was Justin Timberlake's 15-minute medley number,[6] which included a brief reunion with NSYNC, 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" (Cyrus)
"Blurred Lines" (Thicke and Cyrus)
"Give It 2 U"
Kanye West "Blood on the Leaves"
Justin Timberlake Michael Jackson Video Vanguard 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 extracts of "Pusher Love Girl" and "Gone")
  9. "Girlfriend" (with NSYNC)
  10. "Bye Bye Bye" (with NSYNC)
  11. "Suit & Tie"
  12. "Mirrors"
Macklemore & 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:[7]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nominees were announced on July 17, 2013.[8][9] Winners were announced on August 25, 2013.[10]

Video of the Year[edit]

Justin Timberlake – "Mirrors"

Best Male Video[edit]

Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"

Best Female Video[edit]

Taylor Swift – "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Artist to Watch[edit]

Austin Mahone – "What About Love"

Best Pop Video[edit]

Selena Gomez – "Come & Get It"

Best Rock Video[edit]

Thirty Seconds to Mars – "Up in the Air"

Best Hip-Hop Video[edit]

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

Best Collaboration[edit]

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

Best Direction[edit]

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

Best Choreography[edit]

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

Best Visual Effects[edit]

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

Best Art Direction[edit]

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

Best Editing[edit]

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

Best Cinematography[edit]

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[edit]

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

Best Song of the Summer[edit]

One Direction – "Best Song Ever"

Best Latino Artist[edit]

Daddy Yankee

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award[edit]

Justin Timberlake


Pop singer Miley Cyrus became the subject of widespread media attention following a controversial performance 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 flesh-colored two-piece latex outfit while they performed "Blurred Lines" in a duet. Cyrus subsequently touched Thicke's crotch area with a giant manicured foam finger and twerked against him.

Critics broadly panned the performance, while fans and celebrities were shocked. Parents expressed outrage over the performance. An article published in The Hollywood Reporter described the performance as "crass" and "reminiscent of a bad acid trip".[12] 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",[13] while the BBC said Cyrus stole the show with a "raunchy performance".[14] Katy Kroll of Rolling Stone magazine wrote in 2014, "there were dancing teddy bears, an overused foam finger, an unflattering flesh-colored bikini, some very obvious groping and twerking – lots and lots of twerking. For lack of a better term, it was a hot mess."[15] A Telegraph article described Cyrus' actions as her going into "overdrive [...] trying to kill off her Disney millstone, Hannah Montana".[16] 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 single, "Wrecking Ball", within days of the controversial performance. This amounted to a total 112% increase in Cyrus' social media activity.[17] The performance topped Twitter during the East Coast telecast, with Timberlake behind with 219,800 tweets per minute at its peak. The most-mentioned performers on Twitter were Cyrus (4.5 million), Timberlake (2.9 million) and Lady Gaga (1.9 million).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (July 17, 2012). "MTV VMAs Coming To Brooklyn's Barclays Center! - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Caramanica, Jon (26 August 2013). "At Video Music Awards, a Lot to Look Away From". New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Macklemore Rock Brooklyn at MTV VMAs 2013". Billboard.com. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (26 August 2013). "Justin Timberlake Wins Top Prize, Macklemore Earns Three Moonmen". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ Clark, Cindy (26 August 2013). "Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga sizzle at MTV VMAs". USA Today. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b "TV Ratings: MTV VMAs Up 66 Percent Due to Justin Timberlake, 'N Sync Reunion". The Hollywood Reporter. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "About the 2013 Video Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Montgomery, James (July 17, 2012). "2013 MTV Video Music Awards: The Nominations Are In!". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Best Song of the Summer 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. mtv.com. Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
  10. ^ The 2013 Video Music Awards Winners Are In!. Vh1.in. Retrieved on Sep 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Best Latino Artist of 2013". Tr3s. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  12. ^ "Note to Miley Cyrus: Please Stop; Plus Other VMAs Ruminations". The Hollywood Reporter. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  13. ^ Steiner, B. J. (August 26, 2013). "The Most Awkward Hip-Hop Moments At MTV's 2013 Video Music Awards". XXL. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  14. ^ "Justin Timberlake wins big at MTV awards, Miley Cyrus steals show". BBC News. BBC. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  15. ^ Kroll, Katy (August 22, 2014). "Twerk It Out: Miley and Robin's VMA Performance, One Year Later". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Peacock, Louisa; Kerr, Isabelle (August 27, 2013). "MTV Video Music Awards 2013: Why everybody's talking about Miley Cyrus and that performance". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Joanna Crawley (August 31, 2013). "Miley Cyrus' Raunchy VMAs Performance Helps Star Gain 213,104 Twitter Followers And Sell 90,000 Downloads". Entertainmentwise. Gigwise. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2013.

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