New York, Aug 26 (): Justin Timberlake won top trophies including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for career achievements and the Video of the Year award for the song “Mirrors” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Justin Timberlake also stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, singing several of his top hits and surprising fans with a reunion of his old band ‘N Sync. The singer was wildly cheered and applauded by the crowd packed in the centre.
Timberlake and his team picked up a total of four awards – dubbed Moonmen – on the night, including best editing for Mirrors and best direction for the David Fincher-directed video Suit and Tie. He also received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, which is essentially a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to MTV culture.
Presented with the award by late night TV comedian Jimmy Fallon, who hosted the ceremony, Timberlake said, “I don’t deserve this award. But I’m not going to give it back.” Jimmy Fallon described Timberlake as a “legend” and dubbed him the “President of Pop”.
The show began and ended with the reigning women of pop as Lady Gaga opened the show and Katy Perry closed the night energetically.
Lady Gaga, dressed as a futuristic Mother Superior, kicked off the ceremony at the Barclays Centre in a strange fashion. Other performance highlights included Miley Cyrus, who performed We Can’t Stop surrounded by dancing teddy bears, while wearing a fluffy grey bodice. She also sported a new hairstyle.
Kanye West, Bruno Mars, MACklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Drake also hit the stage, while Katy Perry closed the 2013 ceremony by performing her new song Roar underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
The first MTV awards were handed out in 1984. Winners receive a statuette of an astronaut on the moon, known as a “Moonman” award.