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Highlights of the 2013 MTV VMA’s

The highly anticipated 'N Sync reunion

Nicole Dellolio – Opinions Editor

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards premiered on Aug. 25 and left the audience speechless. The two and a half hour awards show kept the audience on their toes by constantly throwing in surprises and unique performances.

The show started off with an opening performance by Lady Gaga, in which she was dressed head to toe in a white dress that covered every inch of her body besides her face. As her performance went on, her outfits continued to change and she ended up in basically a bra and underwear made out of seashells. Overall, her performance was entertaining and creative, but I just don’t understand why women performers feel the need to walk around the stage wearing almost nothing.

Miley Cyrus was the next performer and lets just say her performance was not what the audience was expecting. According to Cyrus’s Twitter account, “My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl.” If you were on Twitter that night, you can see why because news feeds were blowing up with people talking about her and the hashtag “#dancinwithmiley” was trending worldwide.

Cyrus’s performance started out with her singing her new song “We Can’t Stop.” She then stripped down to a nude bikini and was joined with Robin Thicke to sing his song “Blurred Lines.”

The infamous VMA performance featuring Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus
The infamous VMA performance featuring Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus

Now I can understand that Cyrus wants to change her image from a Disney channel pop star to an adult, but the whole performance was absolutely ridiculous.  From the second she came out on stage playing with her nonexistent hair, the audience could tell that they were in for a strange and exotic performance. After watching her, I’ll never look at foam fingers or teddy bears the same way again.

Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley’s father, stuck up for his daughter in an interview with Entertainment Tonight after her shocking performance.

“Of course I’ll always be here for Miley,” Cyrus said. “Can’t wait to see her when she gets home. She’s still my little girl and I’m still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.”

By far the best performance of the night was Justin Timberlake’s fifteen minute performance when he sang many of his hit songs including one of his newest ones “Take Back the Night.” I’ve never been that big of a Timberlake fan, but after watching his performance I changed my mind and recognized his amazing talents as a singer and performer.

The highly anticipated 'N Sync reunion
The highly anticipated ‘N Sync reunion

Later on in the night, Timberlake won the award for music video of the year and dedicated the song to his grandparents.

“I hope my grandmother’s watching right now,” said Timberlake. “This is for you granny.”

The week prior to the show, rumors circulated that ‘N Sync was going to make a surprise appearance during Justin Timberlake’s performance and the rumors turned out to be correct. The second that they appeared on stage, Twitter erupted with excited fans that have been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Even though their performance was pretty short, it was still fun to watch a boy band from the 90’s.

The awards ended with Katy Perry singing her new song “Roar.” Even though her performance was good, the only thing I could think of while watching it was that I was watching one of the Rocky movies. Somehow she was able to jump rope on stage and then proceed to keep singing her song immediately afterwards.

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