This past Sunday MTV Video Music Awards 2013 took place in our very back yard, so you know we have to give you our two cents. That said, here’s a rundown of our of our favorite performances of the night.. check ’em out:
Kanye West – “Blood On The Leaves”
Kanye performed “Blood On The Leaves” off Yeezus using Steve McQueen‘s “Lynching Tree” as a backdrop. With this single performance, West finally tied Madonna for the most VMA performances of all time. West was set to also perform “Back Skinhead.” Instead, he sang a sample from Nina Simone’s 1965 take on “Strange Fruit” in addition to C-Murder’s “Down 4 My Niggaz” which influenced part of his track. When Kanye has the light shinning on his face he appears more contained, restricted, the second the lights are gone and West appears as a silhouette he turns into a ninja jumping up and down and owning the entirety of the stage. Kanye posted the tweet below to explain the image he chose to be in the background during his performance:
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 26, 2013
“The image is off Steve Mc Queen’s latest project. ‘Lynching Tree’ produced in 2013, was created for an exibition in Basel as a testimony ‘to an odious past’,” explains the gallery.
“It shows a tree near New Orleans that once served as a gallows for slaves. The ground around the tree is filled with the graves of the lynched victims. This work is related to the artist’s latest film production, ‘Twelve Years a Slave,’ scheduled for release in movie theaters this fall.”– Schaulager
Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “We Can’t Stop” and “Give it 2 me” (Remix)
You should skip to 4:16 to check out 2 Chainz, Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar bring fire to the stage. The trio incorporated elements from their soon-to-be released music video such as the female footballers dancing around Kendrick.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came to the VMAs with six nominations, which is a win of its own. Their performance of “Same Love” came on a momentous as the dynamic duo won for video of the year and best hip hop video. While performing their innovative track, Mack and Ryan were joined by The Heist guest Mary Lambert, and later Jennifer Hudson. Their performance was minimalistic but high in emotions. Macklemore truely is an incredible performer who gives his whole every time he hits the stage. Prior to his performance Macklemore said:
Hopefully we will be in the present moment, we will capture some magic on stage that will be transmitted to the televisions of the world. – Macklemore
Drake – “Started from the Bottom” and “Hold On” (Medley)
Drake kicked off his performance by singing in front of a backdrop similar to the one featured on his upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same.
“I get to do the new record, I’m doing ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ into ‘Started From The Bottom.’ So [it’s] really just an exciting performance to show the range and also show the diversity of music on the album.” – Drake
Ariana Grande – “The way” and “Baby I”
Ariana Grande has one of the most incredible voices out there. Her pre-show performance was worthy of the VMA stage. Sadly, Mac Miller did not join her to perform their hit track, “The Way,” but she did not fail to impress standing on her own.