The video of the year trophy was the final memorable moment of a night full of them for Justin Timberlake at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Timberlake won the top honor for “Mirrors” on the same night he reunited briefly with ’N Sync and received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award on Sunday as the awards debuted in Brooklyn.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the night’s other top winners, taking home best hip-hop video for “Can’t Hold Us” and best video with a social message for “Same Love,” a marriage equality anthem. Other winners included Taylor Swift, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Timberlake, dressed in a black suit and black hat with a red feather, powered through a breathless series of solo hits before the other four members of ’N Sync — JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass — joined him on stage, opening with “Bye Bye Bye.”
“Half of the moonmen I’ve ever won, I won with those four guys right there,” Timberlake said, pointing at his former band mates while holding the Vanguard trophy.
Up till then, the ladies of pop music dominated as Cyrus became the rare artist to upstage Lady Gaga.
But Swift managed to take the spotlight from both after appearing to utter an expletive when One Direction and rumored former love interest Harry Styles appeared at the show .