2013 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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NSYNC

American boy band formed by Chris Kirkpatrick in Orlando, Florida, in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich.

From top to bottom: Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass
NSYNC's wordmark logo

The five members have reunited a couple of times, including at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

Blurred Lines

Song by American singer Robin Thicke featuring American rappers T.I. and Pharrell Williams from the former's sixth studio album of the same name .

To promote the song, Thicke performed on televised live events including the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and a highly controversial performance with American singer Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

We Can't Stop

Song by American singer Miley Cyrus, from her fourth studio album Bangerz .

"We Can't Stop" was originally written with Rihanna (pictured) in mind before being offered to Cyrus.
A screenshot of the music video for "We Can't Stop", where Cyrus is seen twerking.

"We Can't Stop" was additionally promoted with a highly controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Mirrors (Justin Timberlake song)

Song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience .

Timberlake catching his grandparents' wedding ring, before embarking on a "lengthy, and quite wrought" dance sequence. An MTV News writer thought the scene is a reference to the time his grandfather's failing health prevented him from attending Timberlake's wedding.

Timberlake performed "Mirrors" on television shows including Saturday Night Live and the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a medley number.

Barclays Center

Multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Barclays Center in 2019
Barclays Center during construction June 19, 2011.
February 2012, just seven months before construction was finished
The Barclays Center oculus, with a view of the LCD screen inside the structure
Interior view of the Barclays Center during an NBA game
Artist José Parla working on the mural Diary of Brooklyn in the Barclays Center
Seen in 2018
The Brooklyn Nets playing against the Boston Celtics in 2012
The New York Islanders playing against the Washington Capitals in 2016
Seats with obstructed view
Panorama of Barclays Center
Barclays Center

In addition to many concerts from various musical acts, the center hosted the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013, bringing the show to a New York City borough other than Manhattan for the first time.

Miley Cyrus

American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality.

Cyrus performing at Primavera Sound in 2019
Cyrus performing on her Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007
Cyrus singing on her 2009 Wonder World Tour
Cyrus performing on her Gypsy Heart Tour in São Paulo, 2011
Cyrus performing at the 2013 Jingle Ball in Tampa, FL
Cyrus performing on her 2014 Bangerz Tour
Cyrus performing on The Today Show in 2017
Cyrus presenting She Is Coming at Primavera Sound
Cyrus at the 2012 People's Choice Awards
Cyrus performing at the Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future concert in 2009
Cyrus has been compared to the Queen of Pop, Madonna, being considered by many as the "Madonna of her generation".

Cyrus performed with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, a performance that resulted in widespread media attention and public scrutiny.

Daft Punk

Daft Punk were a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 in Paris by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo at the premiere of Tron: Legacy in Los Angeles, California, in 2010
Daft Punk wordmark
Mixmag cover feature in August 1997
Daft Punk performing on the Alive 2006/2007 tour in July 2007
Daft Punk in DJ Hero
Billboard in New York City promoting Random Access Memories in March 2013
Light-up outfits worn at the encore of the Alive 2007 tour performances
Bangalter performing in 2006
Homem-Christo performing in 2007
Daft Punk being interviewed on the Icelandic television show Kastljós on Sjónvarpið
Daft Punk's cameo in Interstella 5555

At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Daft Punk debuted a trailer for their single "Lose Yourself to Dance" and presented the award for "Best Female Video" alongside Rodgers and Pharrell.

Robin Thicke

Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Thicke in July 2019
Thicke in 2012
Thicke performing in December 2013
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Thicke performing at the Indonesian Choice Awards in 2017

On August 25, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Thicke performed "Blurred Lines" with Miley Cyrus, who is twerking on stage, followed by "Give It 2 U" with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar.

TLC (group)

American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

TLC in 1999; left to right: Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Watkins and Thomas performing at Justin Timberlake's 2009 benefit concert
TLC performing live in 2016

They also made an appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, introducing Drake's performance.

Taylor Swift

American singer-songwriter.

Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her first album, she opened tours for other country musicians in 2007 and 2008.
Swift at the 2009 premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie. She had a cameo appearance in the film and wrote two songs for its soundtrack.
Swift performing at the Speak Now World Tour in 2012
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Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Tour (2018), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time
Swift at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Swift on Good Morning America in 2012. Red lips are generally regarded as one of her signature looks.
Swift's Les Paul guitar and microphone in the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix
In 2009, Swift became the first country singer in history to win an MTV Video Music Award.
An AirAsia Airbus A320 commemorating Swift's 2014 concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of the Red Tour.

Its single "I Knew You Were Trouble" won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.