8 Things You Didn’t See at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Justin Timberlake receives the award for Best Video from Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Getty Images)
A whole lot, it turns out.
In addition to all the tales of stage failures, we witnessed a few impressive, even shoe-flying dance moments, a little snuggle sesh between a possible couple to watch, and even an A-list accidental diss.
Without further ado, here's what we saw from inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center Sunday night.
1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves Justin Timberlake hanging.
After that killer performance that clocked in at over 15 minutes, there's no question it was J.T.'s night, but apparently not everyone was waiting to shake his hand. After Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced the winner for Best Video – in an uncomfortably odd manner, we might add – we watched as he tried to find a place to stand so he wasn't in the frame as the "Mirrors" crooner accepted the award. Things got even more awkward when Justin finished – he turned around with his hand reaching out to shake Joseph's, but the "Don Jon" actor had already made a beeline off the stage. Oops.
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller (Getty Images)
After introducing the teaser trailer for "Divergent" with Theo James during the pre-show, Shailene Woodley sat down next to "The Spectacular Now" co-star Miles Teller (who also happens to be in "Divergent"). Typically, this wouldn't mean much of anything – actors are often seated next to their co-stars at awards shows – but we watched as the two rising stars took turns wrapping their arms around each other's shoulders and cracking each other up. While all that might be nothing, it was definitely cute.
3. Rihanna is unimpressed with pretty much everything.
The "Diamonds" singer fast became the meme-worthy McKayla Maroney – or the Tommy Lee Jones – of this awards ceremony. No matter what was happening on stage or around her, she sat stiffly still with a frown on her face. OK, there's one big exception: Even she couldn't sit still for Justin Timberlake's performance.
4. Justin Timberlake inspires a whole lotta shaking.
Rihanna wasn't the only one. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, along with "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland and her "Vampire Academy" co-star Zoey Deutch, might have been the first people out of their seats in the entire Barclays Center as J.T. (and 'N Sync!) took the stage, and Sarah just never stopped dancing for the rest of the night. Shailene Woodley got in on the action, even ripping off her shoes in true Shai form. Lady Gaga also got to her feet during the performance, but saved the jumping and wild gestures for when the "Sexy Back" singer actually got his award.