Timberlake beats X-rated twerking

05:18, Aug 26 2013
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE AWESOME: The VMAs are a time to take fashion risks, and the R&B diva has done so here in a Givenchy dress (which also looks like it was pretty much made for J-Lo but I think looks better on 27-year-old Ciara). It's unusual, bold and sexy but not in the least bit tacky (I also love her return to being a brunette).
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE BAD: Katy Perry's high-necked Emanuel Ungaro gown has 99 problems and a slit is one. A) The gold sequin dragonflys look like some sort of awful barnacle skin disease. B) The split highlights that this is not a good fit. C) It's trying to be 'fierce', but just feels a little tired and overdone. Oh, and don't get me started on the flammable ponytail extension, the sprawly toe issue happening with the Celine sandals and the best for last, the late addition of bedazzled-braces grills - NO!
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE CIRCUS-LIKE: Miley Cyrus clearly came to the party as a Cirque du Soleil acrobat - and while this vintage D&G look is comedy, it could have been a lot worse with this one.
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE MODEL-LIKE: Erin Wasson wears an Alexandre Vauthier couture 'dress' (I think the quote marks are necessary here) that is the type of garment only supermodels can really work (maybe she's planning on popping to the pool mid-show).
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE GO-BIG OR GO-HOME: A) Was there some kind of J-Lo theme to the night? Because both KP and Rita seem to have come dressed as her. B) Is it just me? Or does Ora's face look very different here? Maybe it's the lack of a red lip. C) While this ill-fitting Alexandre Vauthier gown must have been a mega hassle to walk in, at least she can easily just fall to her right and have a quick kip.
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE UNUSUALLY NOT UNUSUAL: Now let's remember that Lady Gaga once wore a dress made of meat to the VMAS, so I'd say this is pretty tame. I'm not loving this Prabal Gurung dress (and he's usually spot on) but it's nice to actually be able to see Stefani Germanotta's face for once (PS: Busta Rhymes is rocking that Versace-knock-off sleeveless shirt).
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE SURPRISE PANTS: I saw the from-behind shot of this Resort 2014 Naeem Khan first and was like, "A bit ball-gown for MTV, but cute", but then I saw Holland Roden from the front - can we make sure cappuccino trousers peeking through beige curtains is a very short-lived trend?
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE GOOD: I actually like this subtle-from-afar, full-rock-chick-when-up-close studded dress on Ellie Goulding - I'm just hoping she doesn't have to sit down for long during the show (ouchies).
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE MISPLACED: Why does baby-faced Selena Gomez insist on wearing clothes that look like racy versions of what Jane Fonda, 75, would wear? This Atelier Versace gown is certainly interesting, but I'm getting seriously Eighties vibes - and the green earrings are a touch-too-much.
Best & worst dressed: MTV VMA's
THE FIERCE: Even my strong aversion against Herve Leger bandage dresses can't make me hate this one - Taylor Swift knocks the French fashion house's dress out the park and looks pretty damn amazing (one rogue visible bobby pin aside).

Miley Cyrus' foam finger, Lady Gaga's thong, Taylor Swift's mean streak and the look on Rihanna's face while Drake performed will surely be remembered, but these MTV Video Music Awards belonged to Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake briefly reunited with 'N Sync, won moonman trophies including top honour video of the year for Mirrors plus the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and managed to overshadow most of today's top pop stars while doing it.

"I don't deserve the award, but I'm not going to give it back," Timberlake said. "I'm taking this home."

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Lady Gaga is carried offstage after her performance during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform Blurred Lines.
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform Blurred Lines.
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift accepts the award for best female video for I Knew You Were Trouble.
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Justin Timberlake performs Cry Me A River during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the night's other top winners, taking home trophies for best hip-hop video and best cinematography for Can't Hold Us, and best video with a social message for Same Love. They performed that song with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson in a show-stopping moment.

"Gay rights are human rights," Macklemore said during the telecast. "There is no separation."

It was one of the few poignant moments in a night filled with spectacle, spite and lots and lots of skin.


Justin Timberlake
BIG NIGHT AHEAD: Justin Timberlake.

Up till then, the ladies of pop music dominated as an X-rated Cyrus became the rare artist to upstage the recently rehabilitated Lady Gaga.

But a vengeful Swift managed to take the spotlight from both after appearing to utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and rumoured former love interest Harry Styles appeared at Sunday night's award show - a moment that lit up Twitter and was memorialised immediately in a GIF online.


Swift wasn't the only one with a strong reaction to One Direction - cheers mixed with boos as they won song of the summer for Best Song Ever.

And she gave a shout out to an unnamed former beau for helping her win another moonman trophy for I Knew You Were Trouble in the best female video category.

"I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because I got one of these," Swift said. "Thank you so much!"

Gaga changed costumes four times during her first return to the stage since hip surgery as she performed her new single Applause at the top of the show.

It was a predictably unpredictable appearance for Gaga, who pumped in boos over the sound system as she opened the song in a white nun's habit and square headdress.

By the time she finished the song, she was surrounded by unitard-clad male dancers and wearing a thong bikini decorated in shells and a long blonde wig.

Cyrus immediately kicked things up well beyond provocative, however, as she appeared on stage with a multitude of dancing teddy bears in a bodysuit adorned with a cartoon character.

She twerked to her song We Can't Stop, changed into a nude bikini, ran a fan's foam finger along her privates as Robin Thicke appeared on stage to perform Blurred Lines, then gave the singer a lap dance.

"Miley better go get a pregnancy test after all that grinding," comedian Kevin Hart joked afterward.

This One Photo Of Rihanna Sums Up How Everyone Felt About Miley Cyrus Twerking At The VMAs http://t.co/5kloSUoN6t pic.twitter.com/eStA24q4VV

Will Smith's Family Reacting To Miley Cyrus Is Perfect http://t.co/z9OGMdehOX pic.twitter.com/6vJjwvPmLU

Rihanna didn't even have to take the stage to get a social media reaction after appearing to offer a sour face to Drake during his high energy performance of Started From the Bottom.

That shade from @rihanna during @Drake performance was side eye & then some.... pic.twitter.com/5tiv6r2vLr

Kanye West continued his stark portrayal of new music from his album Yeezus, performing Blood on the Leaves with its controversial Nina Simone Strange Fruit sample in silhouette in front of a black and white picture of a tree.

And Katy Perry, who arrived sporting a bejeweled grill bearing the name of her new single Roar, finished off the show by singing the song dressed as a boxer.

No one got the kind of time Timberlake did, though.

Dressed in a black suit and black hat with a red feather, he powered through a breathless series of solo hits before the other four members of 'N Sync - JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass - joined him on stage, opening with Bye Bye Bye. Timberlake's Suit & Tie also won for best editing and best direction by David Fincher.

"Half of the moonmen I've ever won, I won with those four guys right there," Timberlake said pointing at his former band mates while holding the Vanguard trophy. "So above all else, I'm going to share this - we can keep it my house - but I'm going to share this award with them."

Other winners included Pink and Nate Ruess for best collaboration, Bruno Mars for best male video, Gomez for best pop video, Thirty Seconds to Mars for best rock video and artist to watch Austin Mahone.

List of winners:

Video of the year: Justin Timberlake,  Mirrors

Best female video: Taylor Swift,  I Knew You Were Trouble.

Best male video: Bruno Mars,  Locked Out of Heaven

Best pop video: Selena Gomez,  Come & Get It

Best hip-hop video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton,  Can't Hold Us

Best rock video: Thirty Seconds to Mars,  Up In the Air

Best collaboration: Pink and Nate Ruess of fun.,  Just Give Me a Reason

Best video with a social message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert,  Same Love

Best song of the summer: One Direction,  Best Song Ever

Artist to watch: Austin Mahone,  What About Love

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake

Best direction: Justin Timberlake's  Suit & Tie  (director David Fincher)

Best visual effects: Capital Cities,  Safe and Sound

Best choreography: Bruno Mars,  Treasure

Best art direction: Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu,  Q.U.E.E.N.

Best cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton,  Can't Hold Us

Best editing: Justin Timberlake,  Mirrors