2013 MTV Video Music Awards Post Mortem

MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Logo

The 2013 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards was held in Brooklyn for the first time ever in the history of the Awards show. Must say that this is definitely one of the better editions of the awards shows throughout the years that I watched.

Firstly, Lady Gaga opened the show performing her new single “Applause” live for the very first time. Honestly, I was really excited because it’s Lady Gaga and I’m really sure that she would come up with something refreshing/new that no one has really every attempted before.

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Lady Gaga
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25: Lady Gaga performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

When she started in that white whatever she was wearing thing, I was like “o.O? What was she wearing?” Then as the performance of “Applause” went on, I realised that Lady Gaga was going through her wigs and an essence of her outfits throughout her career (denoted by her albums) so far. It was REALLY AMAZING how she managed to change her costume, wigs and make up while singing AND dancing.

You can watch the performance of “Applause” here:

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE, I say. If you have done stage/theatre work before, you will know how AMAZING Lady Gaga’s performance is and you will know what she means by “ArtPop”. I so totally get it.

And needless to say, the HIGHLIGHT and BEST PERFORMANCE of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for me was Justin Timberlake and the “rumoured” N*Sync performance.

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Justin Timberlake
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25: Musician Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

Justin Timberlake brought the house down in Brooklyn (and the MTV Asia office in Singapore) with his medley performance. And then came the moment that everyone was waiting for, the performance and reunion of N*Sync!!

Watch Justin Timberlake’s medley performance here:

*Weeps at the awesome-ness*

2013 MTV Video Music Awards -- N*Sync
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25: (L-R) Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of N Sync perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

Watch the highly anticipated N*Sync performance here:

I was in tears. I LOVE N*Sync and when they did that teensy-weensy bit of “Bye Bye Bye” I died a little inside. *sobs* What I’d do to watch N*Sync live in concert.

Also, I really LOVE how Jimmy Fallon has to emphasize on “I’m saying DICK IN A BOX!!” as he presented JT with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. LOL. No doubt that “Dick in a Box” was one of the most EPIC and hilarious thing that JT has ever done.

You can watch Jimmy Fallon presenting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to Justin Timberlake here:

And you can watch the hilarious acceptance speech by Justin Timberlake here:

I love how JT started his thank you speech with “I don’t deserve this award but I’m not going to give it back. I’m going to take it home.” and how he shared the award with the other N*Sync members but “we can keep the award in my house.” LOL!!!

2013 MTV Video Music Awards -- Bruno Mars
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25: Bruno Mars attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Also, even though I am a fan of Kanye West and Bruno Mars, after the JT and N*Sync performance, nothing else really mattered/registered. I’m sorry. It’s like, who cares man? JT in da house with N*Sync and they just performed on stage. Mind = blown.

All in all, I really enjoyed the show and you guys can watch the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on MTV Asia at the following times:

  • 27 August, Tuesday10am (WIB/TH), 11am (SIN/HK/PH), 12pm (MAL)
  • 28 August, Wednesday12.30am & 2pm (WIB/TH), 1.30am & 3pm (SIN/HK/PH), 2.30am & 4pm (MAL)
  • 29 August, Thursday11am & 10pm (WIB/TH), 12pm & 11pm (SIN/HK/PH), 1pm (MAL)
  • 30 August, Friday6.30pm (WIB/TH), 7.30pm (SIN/HK/PH), 12am & 8.30pm (MAL)
  • 31 August, Saturday1pm (WIB/TH), 2pm (SIN/HK/PH), 3pm (MAL)
  • 1 September, Sunday9pm (WIB/TH), 10pm (SIN/HK/PH), 11pm (MAL)

OR you can legally watch the FULL show on-demand here at the MTV.com website. Do note that the videos might not be available in all South East Asian countries though. I know it works for Singapore and I’m very sure that it’ll work in the USA as well. For the rest of you, just try your luck. 🙂

Finally, here is the full list of winners:

Video Of The Year
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Cant’ Hold Us”

Best Male Video 
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Best Female Video 
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Pop Video 
Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”

Artist To Watch Presented by Taco Bell®
Austin Mahone – “What About Love”

Best Collaboration
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”

Best Video With A Social Message
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”

Best Rock Video
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”

Best Art Direction
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Best Choreography
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Cant’ Hold Us”

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z – “Suit & Tie”

Best Editing 
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Best Visual Effects
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

Song Of The Summer
One Direction – “Best Song Ever”

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