...OK, now that that's out of the way, here are the 2013 VMAs GIFs that recap the night's performances and memorable reactions. Your welcome, those of you who chose to watch Breaking Bad tonight.
In chronological order...
Lady Gaga opened the show, underwent multiple wigs and wardrobe changes eventually landing on this seashell bikini, causing Kevin Hart to rave about her, um, cakes, in his first appearance. Not in GIF form: Lady Gaga wearing a box.
Not a GIF actually (yes, I know this is the second image), but it was during the VMAs' first commercial break that Eminem announced his new album, MMLP2, and later on in the evening a video preview of the new single "Berzerk" (out Tuesday) that reveals a new (old) bleached blonde look. This announcement made this year's VMAs already better than most year's VMAs. Details here.
Drake does not look entertained by Miley Cyrus and teddy bears. And thus begins a strange and GIF-worthy night for Miley Cyrus.
Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke in the Beetlejuice suit and Paula Patton googles "divorce lawyer".
Rihanna & One Direction's reaction to Miley Cyrus. I have no joke here.
The last non-moving image, I swear! A glorious one though as the Smiths also react to Miley Cyrus.
Thankfully, Kanye West saves the day. His performance of "Blood On The Leaves" tonight was memorable for the silhouette dancing above. This GIF accurately sums up one of many 'Ye performance spazzes that are all equally awesome, and therefore all need to be seen. Watch the artful "Blood On The Leaves" and see Kanye's explanation of the powerful image he's dancing in front of here.
A new Kanye performance spaz: the roundhouse!
Oh, I guess there should have been another warning for the ladies that JT dancing is on a 2 second loop. Anyway, this is approximately at minute 9 of 24.
Gaga and friends personifying girls everywhere at the reunion of *NSYNC.
*NSYNC off stage excited to find out if they made it to Hollywood after their reunion
Bruno Mars wins an award (oh yeah! they give those out here) for Best Male Video, which the woman next to him thinks he doesn't deserve.
Rihanna reacting to Drake's performance like they've had some sort of history or something...
Jaden Smith, on the other hand, very much liked Drake's performance. Very much.
Relive what I thought was an amazing performance of "Blood On The Leaves", made even stronger by the explanation Kanye West just provided on his website below.
Bravo, 'Ye. Brilliant use of negative space for the first part, and the silhouette effect I thought was phenomenal. 'Ye has the most signature on-stage moves that were seen so vividly in this performance. Looking for that GIF...
One of the many pictures Justin Timberlake doesn't want used for this post
Guys, *NSYNC is coming back!
That's right, one of the boy bands that defined the late 90s and was played ad nauseum back then is returning for a 2013 reunion performance this Sunday at the VMAs. Justin Timberlake is said to be getting the boys back together accodring to the NY Post after he receives the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. It'll be the group's first performance together in 10 years, and as The Bulls Show puts it, *NSYNC's reunion is number 2 in top reunions behind the '91 Bulls in 2011. Hah!
Perhaps they'll play our SXSW 2013 guilty pleasure road trip song "Tearin Up My Heart"? Whatever the case, I'll have some jokes ready for Sunday.