MTV held the 2013 Video Music Awards last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As usual the event featured a barrage of performances from the top artists today. This year was no different, but MTV pulled out all the stops in terms of booking performers—having signed checks to bring Kanye West, Drake, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and more to Brooklyn.
When three-time VMA award winner Kanye West took the stage to perform “Blood On The Leaves” at the Barclays Center, he tied Madonna for the most VMA performances in the show’s history — proving to be one of his most compelling. Again, West was introduced to the stage in low lighting, but he didn’t perform “BLKKK SKKKN Head,” as expected. Moments before he took the stage, West leaked the image online that he would use as backdrop for his performance, a tree that is “used for lynching.”
Drake’s set began rather low key, with him sitting in the audience, sideways, with his gaze to the right while performing “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” He then transitioned into “Started From The Bottom” where he strutted up to the stage and hyped the crowd with a call-and-response rendition of his VMA-nominated hit. The serene background dominated by a blue sky with white clouds was a re-creation of his recently revealed album art for a forthcoming album, “Nothing Was The Same,” in stores Sept. 24.
Watch Miley Cyrus and her twerky antics below.