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Best Hip-Hop Video VMA Goes To Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us'

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" took the best hip-hop video VMA this year, beating out the likes of Drake, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

The "Can't Hold Us" video was directed by Lewis, Jason Koenig and Jon Jon Augustavo, and the song also featured Ray Dalton. Macklemore was the most-nominated artist of the night, with eight nods.

Not everyone was a fan of the "Can't Hold Us" videos, music critic Chris Weingarten slammed the clip in a pre-awards Twitter run-down of nominees:


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10. Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us" vid is a hip-hop half-assing of the Decemberists' Wes Anderson obsession + African-Americans as props. Yuck

This year's nominees are notable because they're all relatively young and somewhat new to the scene, with Drake playing veteran to a field of artists profiting from their early studio albums. None of the genre's mainstays -- like Jay Z or Kanye -- were nominated this year.

One Direction hosted the Video Music Awards from Brooklyn's Barclays Center. This was the 30th anniversary of the awards.

Live updates from the night are available below the following gallery.

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Katy Perry performed "Roar" for the first time, and it was glorious.

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With a silly voice.

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Let's remember this:

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He loved it.

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Drake shifts into "Started From The Bottom," obviously.

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Because when he isn't taking photos with Taylor Swift, he's a great rapper.

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Because why not?

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He thanks God, his publicist and his "Mahomies."

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After having a major year with the breakout success of their hit single "Thrift Shop" and the follow-up "Can't Hold Us," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit the stage at MTV's Video Music Awards to perform their song "Same Love."

Click here for more on Macklemore's MTV VMA performance.

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Oh, OK.

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After being introduced by NBA player Jason Collins and A$AP Rocky.

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One Direction for "Best Song Ever," which was clearly not the best song of the summer, but #mtv.

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