NEW YORK CITY - Justin Timberlake stole the show late Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, singing several of his top hits and surprising fans with reunion of his old band N Sync.
Timberlake, wildly cheered and applauded by the crowd packed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, received the night's most important prize - the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for career achievements. He also won the Video of the Year award for the song "Mirrors."
Timberlake wowed his fans by singing a medley of his best-known tunes, including "SexyBack," "Cry me a River," "Senorita," "Suit and Tie," and "Rock your Body" - then the four members of his former group joined him to perform two of N Sync's best-known hits, "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye." The 1990s hit boy band broke up on 2002.
The packed arena was thrilled, and stars like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez stood and danced at their seats.
"I don't deserve this award but I'm not going to give it back," Timberlake said as he accepted the prize.
Late night TV comedian Jimmy Fallon, who hosted the ceremony, described Timberlake as a "legend" and dubbed him the "President of Pop."
Singer Bruno Mars won an award for Best Male Video for his hit "Locked Out of Heaven," while country/pop diva Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video award for her song "I Knew You Were Trouble."
"I want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I've got one of these," she said as she accepted the award.