MTV Video Music Awards: Here Are the Evening's Winners and Losers, Plus a Ton of Photos

By Kaitlin Thomas

Aug 26, 2013

The MTV Video Music Awards were held in Brooklyn on Sunday. Every year we scratch our heads as to why the VMAs still exist when no one watches, cares about, or even realizes music videos still exist. But then Lady Gaga shows off her lady bits, Miley Cyrus makes us clutch at our pearls with a freaky performance, Taylor Swift gets caught on camera mouthing the words "shut the f--- up" while One Direction is on stage, and then we remember why we gather every August for this hot mess of an awards show.

Read on for a list of the evening's winners and losers, as well as a photo gallery that includes photos from the red carpet, the telecast, and more. For a full list of winners, click here.


Everyone in 'N Sync who's not Justin Timberlake  'N Sync reunited for a brief performance during Timberlake's performance of a medley of his best musical moments, including "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body."  Although Timberlake took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the real winners were JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick because this was the first time they were relevant in 10 years.

Beetlejuice — Never before has Beetlejuice looked so good

Human rights — While accepting the Moon Man for Best Video with a Social Message for "Same Love," Macklemore said, “Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation.” 

The '90s — First 'N Sync reunited, and then Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC introduced Drake, who everyone knows is really named Aubrey Graham and was on Degrassi: The Next Generation, which missed the '90s by only a couple of years.


Everyone watching the livestream  MTV went all out this year with their online streaming, providing online viewers with a look at the audience, what was happening backstage and in the talent prep room. But for some reason they refused to show a livestream of the actual telecast—you know, the thing that people actually tuned in for. 

Everyone who watched Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform  If anyone can explain to us what happened during those very uncomfortable few minutes, it would be much appreciated.

Kanye West — We get it, he's Kanye. He can name his kid North West and half the world thinks it's awesome, while the other half thinks it's weird, but applauds him anyway. But what was up with that silhouette performance?

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  • amylag Aug 28, 2013

    1.Did enjoy little flashback ride with JT. that man was awesome. i mean "sexy back" "my love" "cry me a river" gets me at all times. the whole room was standing even Smith himself.
    2.The only singer though who actually have voice is Mars boy. Listening to him was a bless for my ears.
    3.And the only perfomance show men are Timberlake and Kanye. the only.
    4.this other bunch of creeps...meeeh.
    5.and yes pop culture is dying. god bless the next generation hope they will get someone who'll be at least a bit closer to MJ and Beatles and a little less alike one d, cyrus, perry etc.

  • QMargo Aug 27, 2013

    The thing is her performance would not have been that horrific if it wasn't for that terrible song....her music sucks. Thus, anything connected to it does too. I mean, lets be real, we can forgive the musicians their outfits cos its the music which is the NB thing. Gaga, Madonna, anyone.....same here we can overlook the skanky bear outfit, Gwen Stefani's stolen overall look and her jack russell terrier Milo in The Mask tongue sticking out...but you can't overlook the music. does not matter how hard she tried to look cheap, in any case her music did it for her and thus this whole performance was so bad, even Lady Gaga was probably horrified. As was I. Please someone plug my eyes OUT!

  • EGO-T Aug 27, 2013

    I believe the Dead Kennedys said it best all the way back in 1985.
    M.T.V. − Get off the Air. NOW!!!

  • Yaspaa Aug 27, 2013

    Taylor Swift... yuk.

  • JT_Kirk Aug 27, 2013

    ChainsawSuit's take on it really made me laugh:
    MTV needs to be arrested for crimes against humanity for fostering these behaviors.

  • shae_SA Aug 27, 2013

    The way she 'sang' blurred lines was the most cringe worthy part of the performance, she was just horrible bad bad bad... ugh

  • FilmFanatic Aug 27, 2013

    I heard so much about Miley Cyrus over the last couple of days and her performance in the VMAs. She was honestly bad from every or even any single angle. She dressed like a cheap underage prostitute. She got way too skinny (she didn't have an ass), with ridiculous teddy bear costumes and stupid hair. She speaks like Honey Boo Boo and her singing was ridiculous. She ruined blurred lines with her screeching voice. One can ask, What the f*** happened, but one can argue, hey, everyone is talking about her now, so is there such thing as bad publicity?

  • wind_shadow Aug 27, 2013

    I have not watched the VMA's in a while (mainly because they're the VMA's and, really, I find reruns of Antiques Roadshow more worthwhile). That said, Miley Cyrus got exactly what she wanted: people talking about her and a spike in her new album's pre-sales. So.....good job, everyone who was outraged and then continued talking about it on every available media platform! Way to show her.

  • FilmFanatic Aug 27, 2013

    you are right, but you are also kind of talking about her

  • wind_shadow Aug 27, 2013

    I.......DAMN IT! ;-) (though truthfully, I don't have a problem with Miley Cyrus....I think she's got no business being a professional singer, but I feel that way about a LOT of today's pop stars, so.....)

  • FilmFanatic Aug 27, 2013

    ;-P I didn't mind her in the past, she had some half decent songs the least, but in the VMAs, she was an atrocity (hope I spelled it right). and yes, today it seems that everyone can be a star! God bless auto tune and lip synching!

  • JohannaSch Aug 27, 2013

    Can't believe no one's made a "Miley, please stop" comment.. even Yahoo managed that headline. I've come to expect more from the community..!
    Missing winners: The Smith family, for what are pretty much the best reaction faces the internet has ever seen!

  • Acrobit Aug 27, 2013

    I didn't watch the awards show, but I had to see what everyone was talking about, and yeah...she probably shouldn't have done that. I could finish the video with the guy and the jar (*while* eating a raspberry coffee cake), but I couldn't finish that performance. They talk about the Britneyfication of pop culture, but it also applies when they burn themselves out.

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