Justin Timberlake To Perform At 2013 MTV VMA’s / Will Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Published: Thursday 15th Aug 2013 by Sam

Justin Timberlake is VMA bound!

The Pop maestro will not only be taking to the stage to perform at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards next Sunday, he’ll be taking home one of the night’s most coveted Moon Men.

Details after the jump…

As well as taking to the stage in support of new album ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’, the former NSync’er will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – an honor bestowed on Madonna, REM, and The Beastie Boys in prior years.

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will also feature live showings from the likes of Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, and Miley Cyrus.


In keeping it 100, we’re struggling to see why JT (at this point of his career) is being touted in such a legendary context. A megastar he may be, but his solo impact still needs more mileage to be granted such a hefty honor. Especially, with icon Michael Jackson’s named attached to it.  Still, “congrats” are in order, we guess? This will no doubt serve give quite the boost to ‘part 2’ of ‘The 20/20 Experience’ when it arrives on September 30th.

For now, check out Timberlake rock out with MJ at the 2001 VMA’s below…


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  1. Rebellious Soul August 15, 2013

    Wtf he doesn’t deserve it if anything Usher does…

    • BubblePopElectric August 15, 2013

      How so? Usher has 2 Moonmen to Justin Timberlake’s 14 (7 Solo, 7 With N’sync). He’s 2nd Only To Madonna in total wins in VMA History.


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      • angela August 16, 2013

        This is about music videos.

        Britney was never a big VMA winner (she won her first one in 2008!) but she was a memorable performer.

  2. RoyalKev August 15, 2013

    So predictable! Smh!

  3. King August 15, 2013

    But I can’t think of any groundbreaking Justin Timberlake videos……………..

  4. MarinaGagaAdele August 15, 2013

    He Is Stale!

  5. BOW DOWN August 15, 2013

    Oh hell naaah

  6. speechless August 15, 2013

    Yall mad huh?

    • Jayla August 15, 2013

      they are EXTREMELY mad lol

  7. ~The Arcade~ August 15, 2013

    Get Outta here, with this mess… It really urks me when people compare JT to Michael Jackson, like why?? and now this? his videos are not groundbreaking AT ALL!!!
    I feel like there are way more artists who are more deserving, to be honest.

    • Beyond Amazing (Cause Bey really is!) August 15, 2013

      I know, it’s utter b*******.

  8. XXX August 15, 2013

    Usher is more deserving imo

  9. Smurf August 15, 2013

    Give me a break. He’s been MIA – music wise- for years and gets this award?
    This show is a joke anyway

  10. rih rox(Rihanna forever) August 15, 2013

    Justin SUCKS!!!! & is OVERRATED!!!



  11. molly August 15, 2013

    What has JT done that’s so iconic or ground breaking? Like wtf he doesn’t deserve this smh MTV F*** outta here with this b*******

  12. Kim Kardashian stan August 15, 2013

    Give it to usher, usher been putting in work for the last couple of years while Justin has been gone from music for like 6 years smh

  13. J August 15, 2013

    is this a joke? He has no memorable videos…

  14. J August 15, 2013

    Riri deserves one more than him

    • Britney Stan August 15, 2013


    • Fierce & all -Not here for b****** that can only slay in studios August 15, 2013

      Not on MJ’s behalf..no she doesn’t.

  15. MRDIVABITCH August 15, 2013

    JT, Usher, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, etc
    Nothing but copycats of Michael Jackson
    I ain’t even a fan of Michael and I can tell they would NEVER reach his level of talent and greatness.

  16. Dan August 15, 2013

    I think he does not deserve it. Michael Jackson Award is for legends. JT is not a legend.

  17. Kay August 15, 2013

    And somewhere usher is chilling in his red sneakers rolling his eyes at this b*******

  18. TeamBreezy August 15, 2013

    He’s a budding Icon

  19. Jose August 15, 2013

    A joke

  20. Twerk 4 Miley August 15, 2013

    Hes king he deserve it yall h*** haters…usher is irrelevant now… N**** can’t even go gold these days

  21. CBE August 15, 2013

    F*** the VMAs I didn’t care much for this years show bt to attach Michael Jackson with JT? Michael did say he was proud of JT and Chris Brown in an interview but no artist in this era deserves an award like this…maybe take off MJ’s name then I wont give a f***, they can call it the golden best artist award or some s***.

  22. Pretty1908 August 15, 2013

    Justin hasn’t flourished a solo artist yet to actually receive this award… i agree with some of the other commenters.. usher shouldve gotten this. I see awards are just being handed off again huh… The 20/20 experience was good, but Justin has some ways to go in my opinion.

  23. Blue ivy August 15, 2013

    Poor Janet ….. He was very involved in having Janet ‘s career damaged after the Super Bowl .. Mike would never allow this to take place .. RIP

    • rita whora will never make it big like Rihanna. August 15, 2013

      please, MJ had more white people f*** him and that family up. Look at those white kids he adopted and how they done turned on his blood family.

  24. stephy the lambily August 15, 2013

    LOLOLOL I Guess Beyonce Aint The Only One Who Pays For Awards…

    • Barb B**** August 15, 2013

      LOLOL I guess Mariah aint the only one who pays for her radio spins huh Katy?

      • stephy the lambily August 15, 2013

        Yep! Everyone does it….

  25. Mark111 August 15, 2013

    I’m here trying to think what videos of JT’s that are so iconic other than Cry Me A River and My Love and the first one was only hyped cause of the Britney imposter. But whatever, the show been crap for ten years and no one says “8 times VMA winner” before announcing anyone. I guess when the channel itself doesn’t play music video, how would they know?

  26. Barb B**** August 15, 2013

    I like JT dont know why everyones hating

  27. Navy nick August 15, 2013

    Im sorry please know im no hater, JT talented: YES, but his videos are the worst!!!! Suit & tie was nice, but the rest just LAME!!! MTV loves him tho, so this is no shock….

  28. Jem August 15, 2013

    I’m sorry but JT has NOT done anything ground breaking in pop music to merit this award. MTV just probably did this for the ratings. Sure he has tunes but none imho can be labelled timeless or a classic much less a music video.

  29. EveRyder August 15, 2013

    WTF!! Oh hell no. JT is talented and he slayed this year on his big comeback,but usher has been puttin in work with not much of a break. The king of pop Michael Jackson will be turning over in his grave. Kanye West plz intervene.Lol…..

  30. Fierce & all -Not here for b****** that can only slay in studios August 15, 2013

    MJ got so many wannabes of him in the industry it’s not even funny. Long live the king.
    Justin is okay but not great like MJ.

  31. DIGGER BEY August 15, 2013

    MTV has fell straight off a cliff. Nickaloden >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MTV. I luv JT! I have owned every album he’s dropped but he doesn’t deserve this award. Like everybody else is saying, his videos just are pretty good to bland. To me, he’s never had an solo amazing epic video. MTV is full of s***. THE QUEEN or Usher deserve the award before him! There’s going to be a lot of Empty WTF Faces n the audience, when he’s recieveing his award. #MessTV

  32. Suicide Blonde August 15, 2013

    I could care less of the award, i’m here for him, why are people mad, because he’s white, get over it, he’s a Pop Icon, something that Usher and the rest of the MJ wannabes (which JT is too) failed to become.

    • D August 15, 2013

      This has nothing to do with him being white or a “so called” pop icon. I’m black and me personally I don’t think Usher deserves it either so that whole race issue is irrelevant to me. The Vanguard award is for artists who have changed the music video medium (MJ, Madonna, Janet) and have influential videos that have been replicated by other artists. Where does Justin Timberlake’s videos fall within any of those categories? Did any of his videos change the way videos are made? Did any of his videos have influence on other artists? If no, then he shouldn’t be given the honor. I’m not hating on the guy cuz I actually enjoy some of his music. But in terms of a video artist he is extremely mediocre.

      • Suicide Blonde August 15, 2013

        Well, if that’s the case the award should be erase from the lits cause i don’t think anyone can’t be compared to those legends you mentioned in terms of music videos, the show must go on with mediocre or not music videos.

  33. Daniel Teflon August 15, 2013

    Justin Timberlakes music is so Bland & Suit & Tie was cute due to Jay Z spitting his rhyme…He’s had a couple of songs throughout his career & I only remember 3 songs

  34. what?? August 15, 2013

    He has no videos worth writing home about. NONE.
    S*** even gaga at this point to win that award even though she’s only been here 5yrs. Britney was very well deserved, but him? Nahhh this s*** was paid. trash

  35. what?? August 15, 2013

    He has no videos worth writing home about. NONE.
    S*** even gaga at this point could win that award even though she’s only been here 5yrs. Britney was very well deserved, but him? Nahhh this s*** was paid for. trash

  36. WINNING August 15, 2013


  37. Raj August 15, 2013

    First of all MJ changed and impacted this world in more ways than you’ll ever know! Justin didn’t do s***! This is some bull, am I mad? Yes! Because hr still has a long way to go!

  38. nope August 15, 2013

    Where is Missy’s video vanguard award? she has put out some icone s*** and the homage that needs to be paid to her is long overdue.. Janet? Busta Rhymes?

    • D August 15, 2013

      Janet has already been given the Vanguard award in 1990 and she was tributed by MTV in 2001. Justin does not deserve this award tho. None of his videos are memorable or groundbreaking. The reason people like Janet, Michael and Madonna got the award is because they have videos that changed the music video medium and they have videos that have been replicated by future artists. They have influence. Who has copied or been influenced by Justin Timberlake’s videos? I’m not saying the guy isn’t talented, because he is. But if we’re talking about music videos specifically; I just don’t see it for him.

      • Raj August 15, 2013

        BINGO!! You nailed it right on!! He didn’t do s***! JT doesn’t deserve this award

  39. rita whora will never make it big like Rihanna. August 15, 2013

    What goes around>>>>>>>> Ushers whole damm life, with his bd parenting skills. JT makes way better vides than hood usher. Cry me a river, What goes around and sexyback murk the the f*** out of Ushers crappy RNB videos.

    • angela August 16, 2013

      Lmao what so special about What Goes Around? The acting is terrible, and he’s mostly seeing into a mic stand.

      Crappy R&B videos? What does that even mean.

  40. Beyond Amazing (Cause Bey really is!) August 15, 2013

    Really JT??!!! I like his music and he is somewhat talented but he should be awarded this award. None of his video’s are legendary. Usher deserves this award over him. But you know how MTV does it. If it’s white it’s alright. Whatever.

  41. Del August 15, 2013

    Really? SMH…I guess 3 albums in qualifies you for this award. Why are they putting this MJ/ Prince copycat on such a pedestal? He’s made some good music over the years but this is dumb. Kanye, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott hell even Lady Gaga deserve the award over him. They contributed more the art of innovative music videos than Justin. Usher does deserve the honor over JT. He’s been in the game longer and still posts #1s. I guess Justin Beiber will get the award next year? SMDH…

  42. JOHNVIDAL August 16, 2013

    I agree with the people saying even Gaga and her brief career deserve this award before Justin Timberlake. Paparazzi, Bad Romance or Marry the Night: all of them way above any video Justin has ever made.

  43. Hello August 16, 2013

    Wait doesn’t anyone think that Beyoncé deserves this award at this point , I mean single Ladies and Love On Top slay all of Jt’s video . Gaga should’ve also been considered , I mean Bad Romance , Judas , Paparazzi … This show is s*** anyway.

  44. mike August 26, 2013

    TLC should have gotten this award they accomplished more than justin, will smith, as well so yea mtv just given iconic awards to whoever same reason why they didnt do whitney Houston tribute but like a said they keep on going this route their wont be no one to watch it anymore

  45. mike August 26, 2013

    TLC should have gotten this award

  46. mike August 26, 2013

    TLC should have gotten this award before justin , but only mtv, and janet and mariah should have gotten it before justin robin thicke as well,

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