Justin Timberlake was the man of the night as he took 3 Moonmen, including Video of the Year for “Mirrors” in this year’s MTV Video Music Awards which held for the first time ever at the Parclays Center in Brooklyn. Aside from that, Timberlake also took the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Another big winner was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (I am a fan! Wait for my album review, coming soon!) who went home also with three, including Best Video with a Message for their highly relevant song “Same Love.” Bruno Mars, on the other hand, went home with two, including Best Male Video for his smash hit “Locked Out In Heaven.”
As for the the biggest highlight? One word: *NSYNC!!! Yep you heard that one right, they performed together again during Justin Timberlake’s super-dope performance. There were rumors coming to the event that they were indeed having a reunion on the VMA stage but that rumor remained shady, until they actually came out on stage with JT!
Lady Gaga kicked off the night strong with her new single “Applause.” Another highlight performance of the night was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” with a surprise performance of no other than Ms. Jennifer Hudson.
VMAs would never be complete without some rather awkward moments, from Miley Cyrus‘ disturbing twerks and grinding with Robin Thicke, to Taylor Swift‘s F-bomb, to One Direction‘s booing moment when they received the Song of the Summer award for their song “Best Song Ever,” beating out the likes of Miley, Daft Punk, and Robin Thicke! I mean, c’mon, Blurred Lines is THE song of the summer for God sake!
Anyway here are the list of winners and sound off below if you guys agree with the results!
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
ARTIST TO WATCH
SONG OF THE SUMMER
One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“I Knew You Were Trouble”
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
BEST ROCK VIDEO
30 Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
BEST POP VIDEO
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Justin Timberlake, “Suit and Tie”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Everything you need to know about the 13 songs of the summer. The list includes a variety of genre with a handful of incredible artists.
No. 13 – “Wake Me Up,” Avicii
UBIQUITY A gigantic summer song across Europe, “Wake Me Up!” hasn’t made much of an impact in the U.S. yet.
LONGEVITY Give it a little time. It was only released in mid-June.
SOCIAL POWER Avicii’s got hordes of followers from the dance-music world; his social platform of choice seems to be SoundCloud.
ROOTS “Wake Me Up!” is arguably the first post-Mumford & Sons Eurodisco hit.
CONTROVERSY What do you make of a bluegrass-tinged collaboration from a Swedish DJ, soul singer Aloe Blacc and the guitarist from Incubus?
No. 12 – “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
UBIQUITY A No. 1 dance-club hit, “Clarity” has also turned up on Glee and The Voice.
LONGEVITY Originally released last October, it’s been clawing its way into public consciousness for the past four months.
SOCIAL POWER Zedd worked on Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album, and he’s been pushing “Clarity” hard on the dance circuit.
ROOTS Apparently, Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” is now a genre.
CONTROVERSY None so far.
No. 11 – “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
UBIQUITY If you’ve seen ads for video games in the past year, you’ve heard this song’s lighters-up chorus.
LONGEVITY “Radioactive” crawled up the charts for 42 weeks before hitting the Top 5 in June—the slowest-ever ascent.
SOCIAL POWER There are countless YouTube covers of “Radioactive,” including several with the “Cups” beat.
ROOTS The song’s distorted, half-time beat couldn’t have happened without the emergence of the bass-heavy dubstep genre.
CONTROVERSY Wait, a rock band? They still make those?
No. 10 – “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Lane featuring Nelly
UBIQUITY The longest-running No. 1 country song ever was pushed over the top by a rap verse from Nelly; it’s topped 5 million downloads.
LONGEVITY Originally a 2012 summer song, “Cruise” kept on motoring and didn’t peak until this June
SOCIAL POWER Florida Georgia Line posts regularly to Instagram and Twitter, but the success of “Cruise” seems more about the song than about its artists.
ROOTS “Cruise” mentions the Marshall Tucker Band in passing, but otherwise it’s modern—country hip-hop, if there is such a thing.
CONTROVERSY Not unless “a brand-new Chevy with a lift kit” is somehow illegal.
No. 9 – “Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”), Anna Kendrick
UBIQUITY Expanded from a fragment in last fall’s Pitch Perfect to a full-length single, “Cups” is nearly double-platinum
LONGEVITY Kendrick’s sweet, family-friendly recording has been rising up the pop chart since January.
SOCIAL POWER Dozens of YouTube tutorials demonstrate how to play the song’s distinctive plastic-cup beat.
ROOTS Kendrick learned it from a 2011 video by Anna Burden, by way of Lulu and the Lampshades, via a 1931 Carter Family tune.
CONTROVERSY Please, someone, think of the cups.
No. 8 – “Best Song Ever,” One Direction
UBIQUITY This summer’s entry in the Boy-Band Stakes is a global Top 5 pop hit.
LONGEVITY Hot start, but too soon to tell: it was released in late July.
SOCIAL POWER Thanks in part to a ridiculous video (with the lads in multiple roles), One Direction is killing it on social-networking sites.
ROOTS The song’s main riff is blatantly lifted from the Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” Points for recognizing greatness.
CONTROVERSY You’d think they could have at least used the phrase “tweenage wasteland” somewhere.
No. 7 – “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!,” FiNATTiCZ
UBIQUITY This L.A. crew’s flabbergastingly catchy track was huge in California last summer, and it’s become something like the twerking national anthem.
LONGEVITY FiNATTiCZ recorded “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!” in 2009, but it didn’t hit the national chart until this summer.
SOCIAL POWER For a week or two in late July, it seemed like every video on Vine was a “Thun Thun” joke.
ROOTS It’s built on the hip-hop subgenre called ratchet. (See also: Sage the Gemini’s underground summer hit “Red Nose.”)
CONTROVERSY “Thun thun” is yet another nickname for ecstasy.
No. 6 – “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus
UBIQUITY Its unnerving, woozy video has upwards of 120 million YouTube views.
LONGEVITY Released just after Memorial Day, “We Can’t Stop” is aimed squarely at the summer-break crowd.
SOCIAL POWER Cyrus commemorated her 13 millionth Twitter follower by announcing her forthcoming album’s title: Bangerz
ROOTS The lyrics are packed with old-school hip-hop phrases: “can’t stop won’t stop,” “hands in the air,” and “la-di-da-di/we like to party.”
CONTROVERSY A phrase that could be “dancing with Miley” sounds more like “dancing with Molly,” slang for the drug MDMA (aka ecstasy).
No. 5 – “Holy Grail,” Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake
UBIQUITY If you missed the hoopla around the release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, you may well have been in a different solar system.
LONGEVITY Barely one month old, “Holy Grail” is still climbing the charts—and the video hasn’t even been aired.
SOCIAL POWER Jay’s mobile app required users to post Facebook or Twitter updates to unlock lyrics.
ROOTS Jay name-drops Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Kurt Cobain. Justin croons from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
CONTROVERSY The app that was part of Jay’s deal with Samsung mined users’ social-media and e-mail information.
No. 4 – “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
UBIQUITY The Seattle duo’s uplifting hip-hop anthem has appeared in ads for software, beer, TV sports and the movies R.I.P.D. and Jobs.
LONGEVITY Initially released in August 2011, “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 this May, and was still in the Top 10 until recently.
SOCIAL POWER Not as timely as “Same Love,” their other summer hit, but two guys going sky-high with a self-released album is an irresistible story.
ROOTS Nods to Kanye West, Michael Jackson, “My Way,” A Tribe Called Quest and the duo’s Seattle hip-hop forebear Sir Mix-A-Lot.
No. 3 – “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
UBIQUITY Mars has been all over the charts for the past few years, and this disco-ball glitter bomb is his big summer statement.
LONGEVITY It was initially on Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox album last December; listeners found “Treasure” when a video aired in June.
SOCIAL POWER The song’s promotional site integrates fans’ Instagram clips into the official video.
ROOTS It’s Mars’ most overt Michael Jackson homage yet: both the song and the video are halfway to being “Blame It on the Boogie.”
CONTROVERSY Of course not: who could be cuddlier than Mars?
No. 2 – “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
UBIQUITY A No. 1 song in most of the world, it never quite made the top of the chart in the U.S.
LONGEVITY A genuine summer song (well, late spring—it was released in April).
SOCIAL POWER Fan remixes started appearing after Daft Punk had only released two 15-second snippets of “Get Lucky.”
ROOTS Having Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers play guitar on this faithful pastiche of his late-’70s work was an awesome idea.
CONTROVERSY Conspiracy theories were flying after their recent Colbert Report cancellation.
…and at number one…
No. 1 – “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
UBIQUITY It has spent nine weeks and counting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100.
LONGEVITY Can it be that we’ve only been living with “Blurred Lines” since March?
SOCIAL POWER Thicke cannily used his name as a hashtag in the video for “Blurred Lines,” unleashing a wave of parodies and covers.
ROOTS The groove is a dead ringer for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 R&B hit “Got to Give It Up.”
CONTROVERSY The video’s topless models were guaranteed to inflame one group of listeners; the lyrics’ “you know you want it” routine maddened another.
From the Mickey Mouse Club, to a world-renowned boy-band, to a highly successful solo career, Justin Timberlake has come a long way. After the success of his sophomore album, he decided to venture into the world of movies and his musical career took a backseat. So when Justin Timberlake announced his return to the music business via a special video blog for his fans, I just could not help but be too damn excited. I mean, it has been almost a decade (September 2006 to be exact) since he released his FutureSex/LoveSounds and now he is back in the game.
The 20/20 Experience may sound like a fusion of JT’s past two albums (Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds) only classier and a more relaxed atmosphere that goes heavy on classic R&B.
Let’s take a look at his tracks to see if The 20/20 Experience is worth the wait.
- Pusher Love Girl – From the get-go, I thought that this is a soundtrack to a classic film, then suddenly the music shifts to a heavy low-down of bass-full drum beats. Pusher Love Girl is a sweet, soulful tune of a metaphor meddled on drugs, giving its listeners a sense of being addicted to the song. I, too, got addicted to this masterpiece. This definitely sets the tone of the whole album and Timberlake hits a home run with his soulful voice.
- Suit & Tie Feat. Jay-Z – After a home run of an entrance, the second track (and the first single off the album) delivers a more radio-friendly approach that sounds a bit like a song by Robin Thicke. Though it’s not as ambitious and catchy as SexyBack, Suit & Tie can still be considered as one of Timberlake’s finest hits.
- Don’t Hold The Wall – This starts off with a melodious a cappella of several JT’s, followed by an eerie Arabic tone. The whole mixture of funky tribal chants and Timbaland’s background vocals and Timberlake’s voice almost freaked me out in a weird way. However the song picks up midway with the introduction of more drumbeats and this weird track suddenly becomes a club dance hit. I think you need to listen to Don’t Hold The Wall several times to process everything.
- Strawberry Bubblegum – This sounds like something that you would hear at a sophisticated bar in a five-star hotel or cruise, not that I am complaining, actually I love this track! The song is just gorgeous.
- Tunnel Vision – This track has Timbaland written all over it. From the hip-hop beats itself, you would know that this is a Timbaland production. Having said that, Justin’s vocals and even his signature beat-boxing ability stayed at the driver seat. He is again absolutely stellar on this one.
- Spaceship Coupe – Finally a heartfelt ballad. But Spaceship Coupe is not just a simple ballad, it’s an intergalactic one! Haha! Anyway, JT is at his usual best here with vocals that would take your breath away. The electric guitar break adds a nice touch to the song as well.
- That Girl – We got a hot one tonight! This song is by far one of my favorite tracks in the album and one of Justin’s best. The track has the smoothest grooves possible that will bring you back to Motown. Repeat worthy baby.
- Let The Groove Get In – When Timberlake wants to give us Groove, he offers it with much gusto. This track is evocative of the late-great Michael Jackson’s earlier era. With the proper mixture of horns, syncopating percussion and harmonized vocals from the main man himself, Let The Groove Get In is a sure-fire winner.
- Mirrors – Assisted with Timbaland’s signature beat-box-like beats, the album’s second single is Timberlake’s proclamation of his love to his wife Jessica Biel. With a beautiful melody and wonderful lyrics, this is yet another amazing track on his album. Billboard describes this song as a more “whole” Timberlake than a heartbroken version of himself 10 years ago with Cry Me A River.
- Blue Ocean Floor – A very interesting way to end a glorious album. I think Justin Timberlake is trying to channel his Frank Ocean side on this one.
Final thoughts: Justin Timberlake has evolved through the years. His comeback offering may not be as strong as he possibly can (because I know he has the capability to do so), but bringing out a more mature, more soulful and heartfelt album is good enough for a fan like me. The 20/20 Experience gives a classic R&B feel, but you have to listen to the whole album multiple times in order to appreciate the other tracks. The rightful and the better “Justin” has indeed returned to his rightful throne in the Music Industry.
Songs to be put on your Playlist: Mirrors, That Girl, Pusher Love Girl, Let The Groove Get In.
Grab this album if you like: Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Robin Thicke.
4.0 out of 5
I love the artist, I love the song, and I love the music video. Justin Timberlake is a legitimate force when it comes to music.
Here it is guys. This is the OFFICIAL Music Video of Justin Timberlake‘s comeback song Suit & Tie, featuring Jay-Z. (C) 2013 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Directed by David Fincher
Here to tease us again, JT fans, is a lyric video of Justin Timberlake’s newest single Suit & Tie!
Produced by Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas for The Uprising Creative
Directed by Laban Pheidias for The Uprising Creative
(C) 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
The long wait is finally over! Justin Timberlake is back with his newest single, Suit and Tie! Check out his first single in six long years, a collaboration with Jay-Z.
As a fan of his music, I am definitely loving the song!
Based on his Open Letter to fans, his upcoming album will be called The 20/20 Experience, an album he has been working secretly early June of last year.
“Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.” – Justin Timberlake
Finally! Look who’s back in the ball game! After a long hiatus in the music scene, Pop Prince Justin Timberlake is now “ready” to make new music! Watch as he teases his fans with this special video announcement. Will the real JT please stand up and show to everyone how it’s done?