Lady Gaga lost her queen of weird crown at the MTV Video Music Awards
Miley Cyrus stole it.
Before Justin Timberlake scooped up four Moonmen, the most of the night, Gaga opened the show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., by performing her new single, "Applause." Released last week, the song is already No. 1 on Billboard's dance charts.
In true Gaga fashion, she ripped through one breathless costume and wig change after another, which would have been memorable if lizard-tongued Cyrus hadn't taken the stage just minutes later.
Cyrus had promised an MTV reporter on Saturday that her performance would be the best in VMA history.
We think she meant to say "weirdest."
Twitter users posted a picture of Will Smith watching in the audience, and the look on his face spoke for everyone: What the (blank) is that?
Cyrus performed her hit party anthem, "We Can't Stop," surrounded by scary, giant rejects from the Care Bear factory. We believe her now when she said the song is about dropping Ecstasy.
Then she stripped down to a flesh-colored bikini to grind her way through Robin Thicke's performance of "Blurred Lines." And the things she did with a giant foamy finger should not ever be mentioned again.
"Miley better go get a ... pregnancy test after doing all that grinding," comedian Kevin Hart joked.
So it was left to others to class up the joint.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best video with a social message for the gay rights anthem "Same Love."
"Out of every single song that I have ever written, this is the most important record out of all of them," Macklemore said in receiving the award.
"To watch this song spread across the world is a testament to what is happening in America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights; there is no separation."
The duo also won best hip-hop and cinematography awards for "Can't Hold Us."
Timberlake, who took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and the best video of the year, spent what felt like an hour dancing his pants off to a greatest-hits medley. Then came the moment that 'N Sync fans had been praying for over the last several days.
The music swelled and Justin and the four guys who helped make him what he is -- Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick -- joined him on stage.
The five have rarely appeared together since the release of their last studio album in 2001. So 'N Sync fans surely would have liked to hear them sing more than just snippets of "Girlfriend" and "Bye, Bye, Bye."
It was over almost as soon as it began.
Because, even though Bruno Mars performed with a giant video "Gorilla" and Katy Perry sang "Roar" under the Brooklyn Bridge, the night belonged to Justin, who also won for best editing and direction.
Best bikini wax: Lady Gaga. On stage in a clamshell bikini with strategically placed flowers covering her southern hemisphere, Gaga took a quick spin and showed the world what her thong wasn't covering in the back.
Shortest thank-you: "This is my first actual Moonman, thank you so much. This is so cool. Thank you," said Selena Gomez in winning best pop video.
Don't-mess-with-me moment: Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift in accepting the best female video award for "I Knew You Were Trouble." "I want to thank the fans because I tweeted about this a lot. I really, really wanted this. And thank you so much for doing this for me. I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these."
They don't know the words: Everyone but One Direction singing along to Timberlake performing his monster hit "Mirrors." Guess the lads only know their own stuff.
Dumbest running joke of the night: Kevin Hart reminding the crowd that "I'm not hosting."
Meanest joke of the night: Again, from Hart, talking about 'N Sync. "They were out of shape, too. They gained some weight, didn't they?"
Most over-exposed celebrity in the crowd: Taylor Swift. Was there a camera parked in front of her?
Best gift bag item: No, not Katy Perry's new fragrance. A book on how to kick addiction from the folks at Cliffside Malibu, the latest rehab center Lindsey Lohan attended.
Most over-used word of the night: Brooklyn. We got it. The show aired live from Brooklyn.
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