August 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus grinds out attention-grabbing performance

By Mesfin Fekadu / The Associated Press

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Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus, wearing a flesh-colored bikini, perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday in New York.

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Rapper A$AP Rocky also provided an awkward moment Sunday when standing next to NBA player Jason Collins, who were both announcing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance. Collins, who is the first active player in the NBA to say he was gay, spoke about coming out as A$AP Rocky looked uncomfortable.

"The next artist is a good friend of mine and he stands up for everything he believes in as far as everybody being equal, color, homosexuality," the rapper said as he pointed to Collins in another awkward moment.

But that was followed with a touching performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' same-sex anthem "Same Love." It featured the song's original vocalist, Mary Lambert, as well as Jennifer Hudson. The video won best video with a social message, while their hit "Can't Hold Us" won best hip-hop video and best cinematography.

"I never dreamt I would be on a stage accepting an award, any of the awards, in particular for that song," Macklemore said of "Same Love" backstage. "It's much bigger than the music. It's equality, so that was the most special for me tonight, but all of them were incredible."

Bruno Mars, who won best male video and choreography for "Treasure," twirled with his two moonmen backstage, while Gomez admitted she thought Thicke's "Blurred Lines" should have won best pop video instead of her seductive "Come & Get It."

Lady Gaga kicked off the awards show in a less dramatic fashion compared with her past performances. She did change her clothes – and hair – various times onstage while dancing and singing her new hit, "Applause." She finished in a thong, revealing her toned body.

Katy Perry closed the VMAs under the Brooklyn bridge in a boxing ring, singing her smash hit "Roar."

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