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?