The Moonman Lands on Barclays: How Did This Year's VMAs Stack Up?

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After years of touching down in Los Angeles, MTV's Video Music Awards hit Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday night. And befitting the new scenery, the 2013 VMAs were a refreshing change of pace from the comparatively lackluster last few years.

The unbelievable lineup certainly helped this year's show excel: Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Drake, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake (with 'N Sync!!) all preformed on stage. But the 2013 VMAs didn't return the Moonman to the stratosphere based on star power alone—the Brooklyn version of the VMAs boasted a few performances, weird flirtations and hilarious reaction shots that made it a night to remember.

Platonic Flirtation Factor

Although it may not go down in history like Madonna's VMA kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus' duet with Robin Thicke on "Blurred Lines" was slathered in platonic flirtation. After singing "We Can't Stop," Miley waltzed across the stage to join Robin Thicke (dressed in a flashy Beetlejuice-esque suit) for a duet on his No. 1 hit. Her vocals were spot-on but that was entirely beside the point when she started twerking. Because when she twerked last night, she bent over in front of Thicke and had her junk all up on him while he sang. And while she twerked, Miley unleashed her impossibly long tongue to write around. Just Miley bein' Miley. 

To be clear, we don't believe for a second that the 20-year-old pop star and the 36-year-old married R&B singer have any real sexual chemistry, but their antics were easily the most gratuitous example of platonic flirtation since Madonna thrust her tongue down Britney's throat so many years ago.

Genius Reunion: 'N Sync

The night was hand-down owned by Justin Timberlake. Despite some sound issues plaguing his performance, he delivered a career-spanning medley of hits that brought 'N Sync back together on stage for the first time since 2002. Singing segments of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye," the boy band veterans provided the biggest thrill of the night. And to paraphrase Kanye's infamous VMA 'speech,' it was the greatest VMA reunion OF ALL TIME.

For comparison, here's the competition: Back in the '90s, Van Halen reunited with original singer David Lee Roth to present an award. Also, Kiss once reunited at the VMAs to play their first show in a few years. Clearly, this was a whole different level of unexpected. Honestly, did you think you'd ever see 'N Sync singing and dancing together again? Much less before 2013 was over? We rest our case.

Meaningful Reaction Shots

Cutting to a singer's ex when they hit the stage is Awards Show Editing 101 at this point, but the people at the VMAs have it down to an art. Like that hilarious cut to a depressed Drake staring at the floor while Miley Cyrus twerked. And the curious reaction shot of One Direction looking bored during 'N Sync's reunion segment (perhaps they were terrified to see what a boy band looks like when it becomes a grown-man band).

And, of course, there was the bevy of Taylor Swift reaction shots. When One Direction took the stage to present an award, she leaned over to BFF Selena Gomez and mouthed something about her ex Harry Styles that definitely involved the f-bomb. And when Swiftie received a Moonman for her "I Knew You Were Trouble" video, she gave this gem of an acceptance speech: "I also wanna thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!" Obviously, the producers cut to One Direction immediately, all of whom looked stunned and uncomfortable.

But it wasn't all awkward. Taylor Swift's genuine joy when 'N Sync began singing was a nice reminder that beneath everything, famous people are sometimes just fans like us.

Red Carpet Star Power

Since the VMAs weren't in L.A., there seemed to be fewer random movie stars in attendance. But that doesn't mean the Brooklyn red carpet was dull. In fact, last night produced one of the most remarkable, unlikely pictures we've seen in forever: Fitness guru Richard Simmons kissing Katy Perry's hand like a court jester bowing to a queen. Gawk at it and other awesome shots from the VMAs red carpet and check out the list of VMA winners below.

Check out highlights from the 2013 VMAs red carpet:

Chew On This

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Chew On This

Clean Up Aisle One

46m

Clean Up Aisle One

The Glow Up

20m

The Glow Up

This Is How A DCI Marimbist Rolls

1m

This Is How A DCI Marimbist Rolls

She Did That

1h 7m

She Did That

Young M.A On The Struggle of Giving Up Meat

9m

Young M.A On The Struggle of Giving Up Meat

The Big Break-Up

21m

The Big Break-Up

The Gig Is Up

1h 25m

The Gig Is Up

Poppin' Up All Over The Place

20m

Poppin' Up All Over The Place

Up Up & Away

44m

Up Up & Away

Have Beauty Standards Changed Over The Years?

8m

Have Beauty Standards Changed Over The Years?

The Canvas LA: Spotlight Fern Shares How Starting On Tumblr Turned Into Inspiring People

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The Canvas LA: Spotlight Fern Shares How Starting On Tumblr Turned Into Inspiring People

Fire On The Floor

22m

Fire On The Floor

Battle on the Catwalk

45m

Battle on the Catwalk

Eye On The Prize

44m

Eye On The Prize

Freaky On The Floor

22m

Freaky On The Floor

Eyes On The Prize

22m

Eyes On The Prize

1000 On How Resilience & Consistency Launched His Rap Career

9m

1000 On How Resilience & Consistency Launched His Rap Career

All the Focus is on the Diamonds

21m

All the Focus is on the Diamonds

Where Did People Get All These Milk Crates?

21m

Where Did People Get All These Milk Crates?

Poppin' Up

20m

Poppin' Up

Manager Shake Up

20m

Manager Shake Up

Kick It Up

22m

Kick It Up

Up in Smoke

24m

Up in Smoke

Shake It Up!

22m

Shake It Up!

Stand Up & Deliver

Stand Up & Deliver

Up Tighty Whiteys

24m

Up Tighty Whiteys

Hands Up - Trailer

1m

Hands Up - Trailer

Anthony Ramos On 'The Good & The Bad' (Extended Cut)

12m

Anthony Ramos On 'The Good & The Bad' (Extended Cut)

Why This Show Exists?

8m

Why This Show Exists?

Red Hot Pin-Up

44m

Red Hot Pin-Up

Cody Spells Out Love On The Field

1m

Cody Spells Out Love On The Field

Soul Food Pop-Up

20m

Soul Food Pop-Up

Is Nya A Baller On The Low?

51s

Is Nya A Baller On The Low?

Vive le Pop Up!

20m

Vive le Pop Up!

Clash of the Corps Drummers Step Up and Show Out in Rhythm

1m

Clash of the Corps Drummers Step Up and Show Out in Rhythm

This Is A Sex Toy

21m

This Is A Sex Toy

King Keraun Learns How To Make The Perfect At Home Pillow Fort

6m

King Keraun Learns How To Make The Perfect At Home Pillow Fort

The Transcendent Star On Donald Trump: Dear Bambiana

1m

The Transcendent Star On Donald Trump: Dear Bambiana

What To Expect On Clash of the Corps

1m

What To Expect On Clash of the Corps

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

2m

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

Up NYC and Reebok Freebanz

11m

Up NYC and Reebok Freebanz

Mario Lopez: One On One

Mario Lopez: One On One

I've Got This Foot Thing

21m

I've Got This Foot Thing

David Bowie: Out of this World

59m

David Bowie: Out of this World

On Set At The Transcendent Season 2 Promo Shoot

1m

On Set At The Transcendent Season 2 Promo Shoot

Playing Lingerie Dress Up: Deleted Scene

1m

Playing Lingerie Dress Up: Deleted Scene

How To Be A Disruptor

20m

How To Be A Disruptor

Queen: How They Broke Free

59m

Queen: How They Broke Free

The Canvas LA: Spotlight Buchie Shares How His Passion Turned Into His Clothing Brand

14m

The Canvas LA: Spotlight Buchie Shares How His Passion Turned Into His Clothing Brand

Comedians Learn About This Weird Pickle Law

7m

Comedians Learn About This Weird Pickle Law

The Canvas LA: Spotlight How Rhianna Went From Flea Markets to Her Jewelry Line, Vidakush

9m

The Canvas LA: Spotlight How Rhianna Went From Flea Markets to Her Jewelry Line, Vidakush

Bambiana's Sexy Performance Heats Up AsiaSF

1m

Bambiana's Sexy Performance Heats Up AsiaSF

Suck It Up and Go to Mars

21m

Suck It Up and Go to Mars

Marissa Cooks Up A Puerto Rican Specialty

1m

Marissa Cooks Up A Puerto Rican Specialty

How to Make Ally Brooke's Enchiladas

44s

How to Make Ally Brooke's Enchiladas

How to Make DaniLeigh's Pastelón

1m

How to Make DaniLeigh's Pastelón

I Played One on TV

46m

I Played One on TV

Peder Cho Shows How to DIY A Pair of Jeans into the Ultimate Y2K Mini Skirt

10m

Peder Cho Shows How to DIY A Pair of Jeans into the Ultimate Y2K Mini Skirt

Inside Reebok and Future's Fury Pop-Up Shop

5m

Inside Reebok and Future's Fury Pop-Up Shop

Is It Illegal To Trip A Horse Up?

7m

Is It Illegal To Trip A Horse Up?

Free The Robots Reveals Where He Found One of His Rarest Records

1m

Free The Robots Reveals Where He Found One of His Rarest Records

Sake One

10m

Sake One

Game On!

20m

Game On!

How to make Dave East's Steak and Eggs

49s

How to make Dave East's Steak and Eggs

Let's Puff Puff Pass This Entire 2020 Election: Hot Tops

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Let's Puff Puff Pass This Entire 2020 Election: Hot Tops

Who's On Top?

1h 13m

Who's On Top?

On Call LA

43m

On Call LA

On Call Miami

44m

On Call Miami

One Busy Queen

21m

One Busy Queen

One Take Jake

20m

One Take Jake

Leaning On Lena

20m

Leaning On Lena

Tina Serves Up Sass In "Me and You" Music Video

3m

Tina Serves Up Sass In "Me and You" Music Video

Damon Wayans Jr. Winds Up In A Naked Family Feud

9m

Damon Wayans Jr. Winds Up In A Naked Family Feud

On Call NYC

44m

On Call NYC

Go Inside Fat Joe and Scotty Kickz's Up NYC Store

5m

Go Inside Fat Joe and Scotty Kickz's Up NYC Store

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

3m

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

3rdWrld Shares How Vulnerability Creates Their Unique Sound

9m

3rdWrld Shares How Vulnerability Creates Their Unique Sound

Rapper Rich Quick Performs "Nice Guy" On 'Dancin' On Air'

3m

Rapper Rich Quick Performs "Nice Guy" On 'Dancin' On Air'

The Beatles: In the Life

1h 2m

The Beatles: In the Life

The River and the Wall

1h 45m

The River and the Wall

Putting It On Wax

23m

Putting It On Wax

All Hands on Deck

20m

All Hands on Deck

Bougie On A Budget

2m

Bougie On A Budget

Is Everyone on Drugs?

20m

Is Everyone on Drugs?

Gym Shorts on Runway

41m

Gym Shorts on Runway

Freedia's Twerk On Washington

21m

Freedia's Twerk On Washington

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How to Make A$AP Ferg's Homemade Cookie Apple Pie

T-Pain's School of Business: Artiphon- The All In One Musical Device | Season 1 Look Back |

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T-Pain's School of Business: Artiphon- The All In One Musical Device | Season 1 Look Back |

The Best of The Best Clash

2m

The Best of The Best Clash

The Blue Devils Bring The Parade

1m

The Blue Devils Bring The Parade

The 212

The 212

The Runway

1h 33m

The Runway

The Feels

1h 21m

The Feels

The Motorcycle

23m

The Motorcycle

The Citizen

1h 34m

The Citizen

The Exchange

1h 27m

The Exchange

The Canvas

The Canvas

The FP

1h 20m

The FP

The Decision

44m

The Decision

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