NEW YORK — For the first time in their 29-year history, the
The setting — the shiny new
But what the evening lacked in outer-borough authenticity it made up for in the kind of manufactured spectacle that has defined the event since Madonna writhed around the Radio City stage wearing a trashed wedding dress during the network's inaugural broadcast in 1984.
And yet Gaga's set wasn't the oddest of the night. That honor belonged to former "
It was a memorable evening for another former Disney kid, Timberlake, who delivered a rousing marathon medley of hits and, as rumored beforehand, briefly reunited with his 'N Sync bandmates before accepting the
The singer also took home the night's biggest prize, video of the year, for "Mirrors."
Other honorees included Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who won the hip-hop video award for "Can't Hold Us," and the newly minted prize for video with a social message for the gay rights anthem "Same Love."
Swift picked up the award for female video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" and, true to form, managed to get in a dig at ex
"I also wanna thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!" she said, clutching her Moonman trophy.
And happily, unlike in 2009, Swift was not interrupted by
One Direction later won the inaugural song of the summer award for its "Best Song Ever."
The decision did not sit well with the Barclays Center audience, which displayed some Brooklyn attitude by loudly booing the floppy-haired young Brits.