Justin Timberlake at the 2013 MTV VMAs in Brooklyn, New...

Justin Timberlake at the 2013 MTV VMAs in Brooklyn, New York. (Getty) Credit: Justin Timberlake at the 2013 MTV VMAs in Brooklyn, New York. (Getty)

Justin Timberlake won big on Sunday at MTV's annual Video Music Awards, taking home the top prize for video of the year for "Mirrors" and a special achievement honor, and also led a much-anticipated onstage reunion of the boy band 'N Sync.

Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars were among other top winners, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking home three awards, including best hip-hop video.

But even top VMA nominees had been overshadowed in recent days by the rumored 'N Sync reunion, their first performance since 2002, which took place in the midst of Timberlake's lengthy medley of hits ahead of his accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

As the star wound down his solo performance, the band's other members rose up through the stage and slowly turned to face the audience, spotlights shining from above. The 'N Sync members then performed another extended medley of hits.

"I don't deserve this award," Timberlake, 32, said after TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon presented it to him. "But I'm not going to give it back."

He noted that half of the many VMAs he had won were "with these four guys right here," referring to 'N Sync singers JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.

"I'm going to share this award with them," Timberlake said.

Lady Gaga opened the live broadcast with a splashy rendition of her new single "Applause," appearing in a series of outfits ranging from a riff on a nun's habit, with pearls, to a seashell-and-string bikini.

Gaga marked her comeback after hip surgery earlier this year, but the act lacked the shock value of past VMA shows when she was drenched in blood or sported a dress made of raw meat.

Other performance highlights of the evening broadcast from Brooklyn's Barclays Center included Miley Cyrus backed by a lineup of dancers outfitted as giant teddy bears as she sang "We Can't Stop." She was then joined by Robin Thicke as the pair led into a duet of "Good Girl."

Kanye West, who at the 2009 VMAs notoriously snatched the microphone from Swift as she accepted her award, sang "Blood On The Leaves" in theatrical fashion as he was lit in dramatic silhouette.

This year, when Swift won best female video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," West left her alone.

"I want to thank the fans," Swift said, adding "I tweeted about this a lot, I really really wanted this and thank you so much for doing this for me."

She then cheekily thanked the inspiration for the song, about love gone wrong, saying: "He knows who he is."

Here are the 2013 MTV VMA nominees and winners:

Video of the Year
» Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" -- WINNER

» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"
» Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
» Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Best Summer Song
» Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop"
» One Direction "Best Song Ever" -- WINNER
» Selena Gomez "Come and Get it"
» Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"
» Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
» Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"

Best Hip Hop Video
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us" -- WINNER

» Drake, "Started From The Bottom"
» Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"
» A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, "F--kin' Problems"
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"

Best Male Video
» Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
» Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven" -- WINNER
» Ed Sheeran, "Lego House"
» Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"

Best Female Video
» Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
» Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble" -- WINNER
» Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
» Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"

Best Pop Video
» Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
» Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
» Fun., "Carry On"
» Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
» Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It" -- WINNER

Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
» Twenty One Pilots, "Holding On To You"
» Zedd feat. Foxes, "Clarity"
» Austin Mahone, "What About Love" -- WINNER
» The Weeknd, "Wicked Games"
» Iggy Azalea, "Work"

Best Collaboration
» Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"
» Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, "Feel This Moment"
» Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason" -- WINNER

Best Video With A Social Message
» Kelly Clarkson, "People Like Us"
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love" -- WINNER
» Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed"
» Miguel, "Candles in the Sun"
» Beyoncé, "I Was Here"

Best Rock Video
» Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
» Fall Out Boy, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
» Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air" -- WINNER
» Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young"

Best Art Direction
» Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"
» Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N" -- WINNER
» Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem"
» Alt-J, "Tesselate"

Best Choreography
» Chris Brown, "Fine China"
» Ciara, "Body Party"
» Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, "Live It Up"
» will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, "#thatPOWER"
» Bruno Mars, "Treasure" -- WINNER

Best Cinematography
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"
» Lana Del Rey, "Ride"
» Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us" -- WINNER (See Best Hip-Hop Video)
» A-Trak & Tommy Trash, "Tuna Melt"

Best Direction
» Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie" -- WINNER

» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
» Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"
» Fun., "Carry On"
» Drake, "Started From The Bottom"

Best Editing
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
» Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing"
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
» Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" -- WINNER (See Video of the Year)
» Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"

Best Visual Effects
» Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound" -- WINNER

» Duck Sauce, "It's You"
» Flying Lotus, "Tony Tortures"
» Skrillex feat. the Doors "Breakn' a Sweat"
» The Weeknd "Wicked Games"

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