Even if you weren’t at the Barclays Center Sunday night for the MTV Video Music Awards, the raucous audience reaction made even those in their pajamas feel like they were cheering on ’NSYNC or gasping at Miley Cyrus’ tongue attack on Robin Thicke. But nothing’s the same as actually being there next to such A-listers as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Miley thought her foam finger from her Robin Thicke duet would make for a great photo with producer Mike Will Made It. The “We Can’t Stop” singer, wearing her tiny hair buns, blows a golden whistle while Mike Will shows Miley love with his custom T.
Pre-show DJs NERVO hung out on the red carpet all night, so when we wanted some pics from behind the show, we went to them. Liv and Mim got a bunch of shots in an Instagram video of stars like Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris and Katy Perry making their way inside.
Justin Timberlake has a big night — he accepted his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and brought back the gang with an ’NSYNC reunion. And, he had a marathon performance, running through all his hits. Here’s some snaps he Instagrammed — his outfit essentials and a blurry shot of him about to hit the stage.
— Robin Thicke (@robinthicke) August 26, 2013
Robin Thicke sent out a pre-performance pic as well. Before hitting the stage with Miley Cyrus, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, the “Blurred Lines” master posed for this photo, showing off his “Beetlejuice”-inspired stripes.
Besides Flying Lotus’ drunken live-tweeting and Thirty Seconds to Mars’ constant updates, Iggy Azalea also gave fans frequent updates throughout the night. One of our favorites is this photo op between her and seatmate Rita Ora. How cute!
Before Pharrell and Jared Leto each presented awards, they had a chance to mug for this Instagram with old-school funk legend Nile Rodgers, who performed on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 26, 2013
One of the best pairings of the night happened when pre-show performer Ariana Grande met Rihanna at the show. Believe it or not, Rih Rih was once a pre-show performer herself in 2005. Send your big-time love our way, girls!