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MTV #VMAs2013: Timberlake, Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Owned the Night [Winners’ List]

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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!

 

WINNERS’ LIST

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Mirrors”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Austin Mahone

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”

BEST COLLABORATION
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”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”

BEST DIRECTION
Justin Timberlake, “Suit and Tie”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”

BEST EDITING
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

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TIME’s Songs of Summer 2013

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.

 

(SOURCE: Time)

 

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

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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.

CONTROVERSY  Nope.

 

No. 3 – “Treasure,” Bruno Mars

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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.

Album Review: Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke, 'Blurred Lines': Track-By-Track ReviewWell I guess it’s safe to say that 2013 is Robin Thicke’s banner year for his career.  Since its release in March, his single ‘Blurred Lines’ has become a smash hit, not to mention a viral sensation due to its smoldering and rather controversial music video.  The said song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 12 and stayed there for like, forever. Continue reading Album Review: Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing Blurred Lines with Classroom Instruments!

UntitledThis video is a whole lotta fun!

Before the show, Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you’d find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night “Music Room” to sing Robin’s hit song, “Blurred Lines.” (instrument list below)

Jimmy Fallon – wood block, Casio keyboard
Robin Thicke – spoons
Questlove – wooden clacker
Mark Kelley – kazoo
Kamal Gray – xylophone
James Poyser – melodica
Captain Kirk – ukulele
Tuba Gooding Jr. – recorder, banana shaker
Frank Knuckles – cowbell
Black Thought — maraca

 

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines [Official Music Video]

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Music video by Robin Thicke performing Blurred Lines. (C) 2013 Star Trak, LLC