Best performances from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Ain’t no party like a VMA party!
With Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake all on the agenda for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, we knew we were in for a good night. But we sure didn’t count on an *NSYNC reunion, a lap dance from Miley Cyrus or watching Katy Perry punch it out in a boxing ring...
Read on for our round-up of the best performances from this year’s VMAs!
In classic Gaga style, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off with a fashion statement. In a white gown, complete with a cube around her head, Lady Gaga opened the night with an accapella verse of her new single, ‘Applause,’ before stripping down into a black leotard and peroxide blonde wig. With two more costume changes (each done in about 15 seconds tops – impressive!), the Queen of Pop reclaimed her throne in a seashell bikini before taking a final bow with her backup dancers.
Claiming the title of ‘Most hash-tagged VMA performance - ever,’ Miley threw away every last shred of the ‘Hannah Montana’ memory with her tongue out and her a** twerking. Making her grand entrance from inside an oversized teddy bear, the 20-year-old took centre stage in a leotard which matched the hordes of teddy bear dancers doing the Cancan, before settling into her hit song ‘We Can’t Stop.’
Just when we thought the twerking had subsided, Robin Thicke joined the songstress in a pin-striped suit for a performance of ‘Blurred Lines’ that was almost as sexy as his infamous clip.
For starters, Cyrus tore off her leotard to reveal a baby pink underwear ensemble, before grabbing a giant inflatable hand. Oh, and then she used said inflatable hand to do inappropriate things Mr Thicke’s crutch – yikes!
2Chainz and Kendrick Lamar also joined the former Disney starlet for a rap interlude, which included a crew of backup dancers in football gear.
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto introduced Kanye to the stage to perform his stand out song ‘Blood on The Leaves.’
With lyrics from ‘Strange Fruit’ blaring in the background, the rapper performed from the shadows – only showing his silhouette against a forest backdrop. And while some say there was some cheeky use auto-tune, we're sure he was just experimenting with the T-Pain app.
In an amazing 20-minute performance, Justin Timberlake cemented his titled as the President of Pop. Starting backstage with a troupe of backup dancers, JT kicked off his performance with a pre-taped vid of ‘Take Back the Night,’ before collecting a group party people and singing his way through a range of hits, including ‘Sexy Back,’ ‘Like I Love You’ and ‘My Love.’
The performance continued with ‘Cry Me A River’ – a clear crowd favourite as Gaga bopped enthusiastically (still bikini clad), and galpals T-Swift and Selena Gomez sang along.
The girls in the audience swooned as the 32-year-old heartthrob danced across a LED dancefloor for ‘Rock your body’ but a bigger surprise was waiting for the '90s kids of the world: *NSYNC REUNITED FOR A VMA PERFORMANCE!
Under bright white beams, the five members proved they were every bit as good at they used to be – and gave the One Direction boys a reason to fear their current title of #1 Boyband (although Niall Horan didn’t seem too worried, judging by the look of absolute glee on his face).
Donning a fedora complete with a red feather, JT finished off his mini-concert with ‘Mirrors,’ before receiving the Michael Jackson Vangard Award (aka his 15th VMA).
“How do you top that?!” Jimmy Fallon asked. Answer: You can't.
Introduced by girl group TLC, Drake hopped on stage to perform his Grammy-award winning song ‘Started From The Bottom.’ Cheered on by 2Chainz, the singer was a clear crowd favourite, with Rihanna and Jaden Smith pulling some sweet moves as red fireworks concluded the performance.
Dressed in boxing gear, Katy Perry took her place beneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to close the show with her new single. From a boxing ring stage, KP unleashed the full fury of ‘Roar’ with eight backup dancers, as adoring Katycats danced in the crowd.
With the LED signs indicating “GAME OVER,” Miss Perry concluded the '2013 Video Music Awards' with an appropriate: “Thank you Brooklyn, good night!”
— Alyce Wearne
Check out our gallery of 2013 VMA Highlights below!