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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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Musician Kanye West performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Justin Timberlake attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Best Pop Video winner Selena Gomez attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Bruno Mars attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Justin Timberlake with his four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Selena Gomez, winner of Best Pop Video, holds award at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Justin Timberlake with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Taylor Swift, winner of Best Female Video, walks from stage at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Audience

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Jayden Smith, Willow Smith and Will Smith attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

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    30 Seconds to Mars at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A reunited 'N Sync including Justin Timberlake (C), JC Chasez (L), Lance Bass (2nd L), Joey Fatone (2nd R), and Chris Kirkpatrick (R) at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Justin Timberlake with his four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Ciara

    Ciara arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Selena Gomez

    Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • Adam Lambert

    Adam Lambert arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry wears a grill that says "ROAR" as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, Kris Chris Kirkpatrick

    Joey Fatone, from left, Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Fitness guru Richard Simmons, left, kisses the hand of singer Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

  • Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician Katy Perry performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Actress Sarah Hyland attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Daft Punk attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Drake performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)

  • Rita Ora

    Rita Ora arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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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."

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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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