Young Money’s Drake, Kanye West and pop star Justin Timberlake clearly turned out to be the highlights of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with must-watch performances.
The Young Money protégé helped ignite excitement and even sparked some televised reactions from blockbuster actor Will Smith‘s family with a couple performances.
Drake had been promising an explosive performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and Drizzy definitely delivered! After an enthusiastic introduction by T-Boz and Chilli of TLC, Drake’s performance started quietly with the mellow ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home.’ The camera captured his face in profile against a blue-sky background, resembling the just-released cover artwork for upcoming album ‘Nothing Was the Same.’ After a couple of verses, the song stopped, and Drizzy shifted gears. He jogged through the crowd, slapping hands as he went, jumped on a small stage and started into ‘Started From the Bottom.’ He rapped while energetically bouncing, hands the air and encouraging the Barclays Center crowd to join him. The pyrotechnics then heated up in earnest, with Drake running all over the stage. The camera caught Will and Jaden Smith loving it, but Rihanna? Her reaction was strangely uninterested. (Pop Crush)
Mr. West raised the bar Sunday night by performing his set in the dark.
Kanye West performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 25) for a historic seventh time. West captivated the Video Music Awards audience with a dramatic version of ‘Blood on the Leaves’, which features on his current album Yeezus. His performance was noticeably more intimate than previous turns on the awards show, with West rapping passionately against a projected image of a darkened landscape. The rapper’s seventh performance at the MTV awards show tied him with Madonna for the all-time record. (Digital Spy)
Justin Timberlake brought viewers back with an unexpected reunion with former crew ‘N Sync.
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 honor 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.” 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. (Daily Herald)
Music duo Macklemore & Ryan Leslie stole the show with a slew of big wins.
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” (Huffington Post)
Timberlake also bodied ample competition with wins for “Best Editing” and “Best Direction.”
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” (Huffington Post)
Check out some of the performances: