Justin Timberlake cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and offered his fans a special *NSYNC reunion to boot. The singer won three trophies, in addition to bring presented with the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Timberlake's song "Mirrors" won the big prize for Video of the Year and Best Editing, while "Suit & Tie" won for Best Direction. But the moment fans were waiting for came after Timberlake performed a medley of his solo hits. As the star wound down his set, the four other members of *NSYNC rose up through the stage and slowly turned to face the audience, before performing another medley of hits. After that, JT was presented with the Video Vanguard Award by Jimmy Fallon.
"I don't deserve this award, but I'm not going to give it back," Timberlake quipped. He noted that half of the many VMAs he has won throughout his career were "with these four guys right here," referring to *NSYNC. "I'm going to share this award with them," he said.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also had a big night, taking home three awards for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Cinematography for "Can't Hold Us" and Best Video With A Social Message for "Same Love." Bruno Mars won Best Male Video for "Locked Out of Heaven" and Best Choreography for "Treasure." One Direction earned Song of the Summer for "Best Song Ever;" Taylor Swift won Best Female Video for "I Knew You Were Trouble;" 30 Seconds To Mars earned Best Rock Video for "Up in the Air;" and Selena Gomez won Best Pop Video for "Come and Get It." P!nk and Nate Ruess were given the trophy for Best Collaboration for their hit, "Just Give Me A Reason."
The show also was filled with exciting live performances, as Lady Gaga kicked off the night with her new single, "Applause." Gaga donned a series of outfits throughout the song, ranging from a riff on a nun's habit to a seashell-and-string bikini. Miley Cyrus sang "We Can't Stop" backed by a lineup of dancers in giant teddy bears costumes, and she also joined Robin Thicke for a duet of "Blurred Lines," which segued into Thicke's new single "Give It 2 U" with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Cyrus drew much of the post-VMA headlines for her risque dance routine, with the Pop singer twerking in a tiny bikini up against Thicke.
Kanye West performed "Blood On The Leaves" in theatrical fashion as he was lit in a silhouette, and the show concluded with Katy Perry dressing as a boxer and singing a rendition of "Roar" in an outdoor boxing ring. Located in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park near the Brooklyn Bridge, Perry's performance found the singer surrounded by a slew of dancers also dressed as boxers.