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What you missed at the MTV Video Music Awards: Girl power and other charades

What exactly are the MTV Video Music Awards all about?

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By all accounts, the night belonged to Justin Timberlake.

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Sure, Toronto rapper Drake performed.

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And Macklemore (right) and Ryan Lewis, with their shout-out for marriage equality, won the award for best hip hop video for Can't Hold Us

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But it was J-T who took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, graciously stooped to share the stage with his old band, 'N Sync, and generally dominated the telecast with a 20-minute performance.

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It was one of those nights where you wondered what a young pop star has to do to get some love from the MTV gods. (Here, One Direction poses with their award for best song of the summer)

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Females, apparently, had to take off their clothes...

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Etc.

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Taylor Swift was exempt but not immune.

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A half-dressed Selena Gomez looked rather prude under the circumstances.

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Gaga...

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We know that’s you.

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To sum up, the VMAs are all about girl power,

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good gossip,

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and Justin “look at MEEEEEEE” Timberlake.

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