VMAs 2013: The good, the bad and the Miley


Abigail Adams '16, Arts and Lesiure Editor

The MTV Video Music Awards aired Sunday, Aug. 25, on MTV, and it definitely got everyone chatting. I’m sure in the midst of your unpacking spree you either watched it or saw enough about it on social media. With eight live performances packed with fire, dancers, bright lights and foam fingers, it was one eventful night in the music world.

Lady Gaga kicked off the musical soirée with an electric, high-energy performance of her new single “Applause”. The pop sensation danced and sang her heart out, accompanied by backup dancers who helped with a few quick costume changes. Gaga showed off her curvy, toned body in a seashell barely-there-bikini by the end of the performance that left many people staring.

She can’t stop, she won’t stop – Miley Cyrus. Her highly scandalous performance began with a gigantic bear. Cyrus walked out of it wearing, well … not much. As she continually stuck her tongue out and grabbed her crotch, her party hit “We Can’t Stop” began to play. Surrounded by her backup dancers bearing, well bears, she sang her song and continued to bop her half shaved bleach-blonde head. As the song finished, Robin Thicke walked out to perform his top song of the summer, “Blurred Lines,” with the help of Miley Cyrus’ vocals and body. Not only did she cause many people to never look at foam fingers the same, but she also stripped down to just about nothing, leaving people speechless. According to Forbes.com, the ‘twerking’ queen generated 300,000 tweets per minute. Thicke continued to perform his new single “Give it 2 U” with tons of backup dancers and Kendrick Lamar [who makes a rap cameo].

Mr. Kanye West kept it simple for the night, using only a forest scene backdrop and his shadow to perform his song “Blood On The Leaves”. He bopped along to the bass pounding music as he spat out his slick rhymes. West never ceases to get lost in the moment and gives everything he has into a performance.

Fifteen minutes and 28 seconds. That is how long Justin Timberlake’s super medley performance was on Sunday. Timberlake sang almost every number one hit he has ever had in his music career including a mix of songs from his boy band beginnings, including his *NSYNC band mates. As he strutted through escalators and screaming fans he managed to effortlessly sing every song keeping all his dance moves intact. Timberlake hopped from stage to stage, performing non-stop every step of the way. At the end of his mega concert, he received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert sang their hit “Same Love”. The performance had an old school vibe to it, sitting on a smaller sepia-lit stage with American flags proudly hanging in the back. Everyone felt the inspiration and passion flowing out of their voices. And of course, the cherry on top was having Jennifer Hudson walk out to harmonize perfectly with Ms. Lambert near the end of the song.

Bruno Mars was next up on the sizzling stage to perform the song “Gorilla” from his album “Unorthodox Jukebox”. Equipped with green light lasers and a huge gorilla on the screen behind him, Mars let his voice do all the work. He belted out every lyric and surely let the crowd feel the power and sultry in his song.

Drake also brought down the house using pyrotechnics and making the ladies swoon with his smooth “Hold On We’re Going Home” intro. The energy was at an all-time high when the rapper burst into “Started From the Bottom” as everybody got to their feet and sang along.

The closing performance of the night featured the princess of pop: Katy Perry. She was dressed head to toe in a boxing outfit. As she belted out her new hit single “Roar,” she continued to throw punches and even do some fancy jump-roping. Perry was on an outside stage, which left her not much room to interact with her fans.

The MTV VMA’s are always a spectacular show that leaves us talking for days, weeks and even months. This year was no different.