The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live on Sunday night from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the first time ever, had one thing on its mind: performance, performance, performance. ‘NSync reunited. Lady Gaga re-emerged. And Katy Perry delivered a knockout punch. In fact, there were more performances than awards given out (fewer than 10 awards were handed out during the two-and-a-half hour show).
For the awards that were given out, it was a mixed bag of winners, with no single artist dominating. However, Justin Timberlake took home the night’s two biggest awards, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis walked away with two as well.
Lady Gaga opened the show with new single “Applause,” her first major performance since canceling the tail-end of her “Born This Way Ball” tour and undergoing hip surgery in February. Keeping in line with her latest performance-art persona, she seamlessly changed in and out of elaborate costumes and wigs several times throughout the song – from an all-white Flying Nun-type outfit to a black-sequined leotard to a string bikini made out of seashells – while seemingly lip-syncing her way through the song.
Source: Rolling Stone