As always, the award-winners themselves made fewer headlines than the surrounding story lines. Cyrus had social networks buzzing thanks to her raunchy performance with “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke. The young singer indulged in some very non-“Hannah Montana” style gyrating during her number, which included dancers wearing giant teddy bears on their backs and Cyrus rubbing up against and grabbing at Thicke’s crotch. Reaction on Twitter and other online outlets was immediate and mostly negative.
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Justin Timberlake won multiple standing ovations at the MTV Video Music Awards.
But Justin Timberlake, who won the night’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, tilted the applause meter the other way, earning multiple standing ovations for his lengthy mini-concert, which included a brief reunion of his 1990s boy band *NSYNC.