The Rap-Up: 2013 MTV VMA's

Sunday night, the biggest names in the music industry gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY for the 2013 MTV VMA’s. Missed it? Don’t worry, Roman’s Rap-Up has a “Rap-Up” of the night. Below, find some of the best and most talked about performances of the night.



Austin Mahone performed his newest hit, “What About Love” during the “All Access” preshow outside the Barclays Center. Right after Mahone’s performance, Ariana Grande took the pre-show stage to perform a medley of her two big hits, “Baby I”, and “The Way”.

Main Show:

Then it was time for the main show, where Lady Gaga performed her new single, “Applause”. This performance marked the first time she has performed this song, as well as the first time she had a large live audience since her hip surgery mid winter.

The next perfromance was perhaps the most talked about one of the night... Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. The former disney star entered the stage via a large teddy bear, then proceeded to twerk and, well... “dance”. This strange dancing then turned into her song “We Can’t Stop”, and it became apparent that no, Miley really can’t stop. Cyrus danced sexually around the stage, before joining Robin Thicke in singing “Blurred Lines”, and twerking up on him. Find the performance video below. Proceed with caution.

I mean, just look at Rihanna's face...

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Later in the night, Justin Timberlake performed some of his best hits in a 15-minute set. In the middle of his performance, JT brought out the members of 'N Sync to sing "Bye Bye Bye". Unfortunately, 'N Sync was only onstage for 1-2 minutes, but it was still entertaining.

Other memorable performances include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- "Same Love", Drake- "Started From The Bottom", Bruno Mars- "Gorillaz", Kanye West- "Blood On The Leaves", and Katy Perry- "Roar".

Winners List-

Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake

Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Male Video: Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Artist to Watch: Austin Mahone – “What About Love”

Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”

Best Collaboration: P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Up in the Air”

Best Video with a Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”

Best Art Direction: Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N”

Best Song Of the Summer: One Direction – “Best Song Ever”

Best Choreography: Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Visual Effects: Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

Best Cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Editing: Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Best Direction: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”