MTV’s Video Music Awards brought pop culture’s big names together in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday night. Some stars shone brighter than others, and particular attention was focused on Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars.
Bruno Mars won the Best Male Video for “Locked Out Of Heaven.” Selena Gomez told the crowd he “brings the house down every time he performs.”
He told MTV before his performance of “Gorilla”: “What can they expect from this performance? Two words: bang, bang.”
The N’Sync reunion featuring Justin Timberlake made the show for nostalgic ’90s pop music lovers. Timberlake earned three awards, including video of the year for “Mirrors.”
“Half of the moonmen I’ve ever won, I won with those four guys right there,” Timberlake said of his band mates when he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. “So above all else, I’m going to share this—we can keep it my house—but I’m going to share this award with them.”
A Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke duet scandalized some with what the New York Times described as “plenty of lewdness.”
Twitter said early Monday that Cyrus was mentioned 4.5 million times on the social network site, ahead of Timberlake’s 2.9 million mentions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.