It’s a battle for the ages. VMA rookies Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are ready to face off against VMA titan Justin Timberlake at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, taking place this Sunday, August 25, live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Each performer is up for six awards, including the night’s big prize of Video of the Year (Timberlake for “Mirrors” and Team Macklemore for “Thrift Shop”). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will have to play catch up, though, as Timberlake goes into the night a winner. He’ll receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this weekend.
But if you ask Macklemore, this year’s VMAs is already culmination of two decades’ worth of rivalry.
“You know what? Justin and I have been competitive for years,” the “Thrift Shop” rapper told MTV News. “It started out as a basketball rivalry, hot dog eating championship, where we both lost. But it’s been a rivalry, it’s been a competition and this doesn’t stop.
“This is just the continuation of a lifelong, childhood [rivalry]. I never made it onto the Disney Club ['Mickey Mouse Club'] as a kid and he did. I was actually runner up to Justin,” he joked. “This year I hope that I get a little bit of redemption, 22 years later.”
Timberlake’s nods are for “Mirrors” as well as his collaboration with Jay Z, “Suit & Tie.” Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ six nods are spread between three videos — “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love.” And Macklemore already has his speech planned should he win.
“My acceptance speech is I would like to thank JT for making me work harder throughout all those years of pain,” he teased.
In addition to seeing who might go home with more Moonmen on Sunday, there are a slew of other A-listers set to take the stage, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Kanye West and more. The show will kick off at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in to see who wins!