Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus perform in their smalls as they fight for the limelight on sexed up MTV VMAs 2013
They weren't even up for any of the awards.
However, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus all took to the stage at the MTV VMAs 2013 on Sunday, giving some of their most raunchiest performances to date.
All three ladies - who are currently promoting new albums - chose skimpy outfits for their respective routines, with both Lady Gaga and Miley stripping down to their underwear, while Katy wore boxing shorts and a tight fitting crop top.
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Celebrity skin! Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry all showed off their flesh at the MTV VMAs 2013
The first to disrobe was Lady Gaga with Applause, the call-out single from her new album ARTPOP and the outrageous star certainly set the bar sky high for her peers.
It was a much-anticipated performance following a string of pictures that the singer had posted on-line and teased her fans with.
Gaga made no less than five outfit changes with the high energy performance of the song - resulting in a shell bikini top and thong.
Quick change! Lady Gaga performs Applause during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday... as she changes her outfit FOUR times
The awards started with a close-up of the singer in a nun's habit outfit, she then made a series of extremely quick outfit changes - which ended up with the star bearing her bottom.
Next up, One Direction took to the stage, typically making the female part of the crowd go wild as they presented the Best Pop Video Award to Selena Gomez.
Awkwardly, Selena was sitting next to Harry Styles' ex Taylor Swift, who looked almost panicked as the camera pointed to her while the band read out the nominees for the award.
Kicking the habit: Gaga started the show dressed all in white in a nun's outfit
Changing faces: Lady GaGa made a series of outfit changes in her opening performance of Applause
Riding high: Lady Gaga was certainly a tough act to follow as she kicked off the show with an attention-grabbing performance of new single Applause
Look No. 4: Lady GaGa donned a yellow-sprayed wig and face paint for one of her many outfit changes
But as Harry began to read out the list of nominees the camera pointed back to Taylor who appeared to be whispering something to her pal Selena.
It wasn't long before fans took to Twitter claiming to have seen Taylor whisper the words, 'Shut the f*** up' as her ex-boyfriend spoke on stage.
As the happy news was announced that Selena was going home with the gong, Taylor quickly changed her tune hugging her pal as she went up to collect the award.
Making friends: Lady Gaga cornered One Direction backstage after her performance and appeared to take a shine to Zayn Malik
'This is my first moonman!' beamed an excited Selena, as she graciously accepted the award.
Miley Cyrus then performed her song We Can't Stop with Robin Thicke with a group of backing dancers dressed as teddy bears.
'Make some noise!' the young star screamed as she grabbed her crotch and stuck her tongoue out, in a out fit that appeared to be a furry swimsuit.
'What's up Brooklyn!': Niall Horan greeted the crowd as the band took to the stage to some of the biggest cheers of the night
Did she just say that? Twitter exploded when viewers thought they saw Taylor Swift whisper 'Shut the f*** up' as Harry Styles took to the stage
Awkward! One Direction - including Taylor's ex Harry - announced that the winner was her pal Selena
Come and get it: One Direction handed out the award for Best Pop Video to an elated Selena Gomez.
She then ripped off her costume to reveal flesh-coloured latex underwear, as Robin Thicke and 2 Chainz joined her onstage to duet on his song Blurred Lines.
Miley then really pushed the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable behavior on television as she suggestively danced alongside Robin.
Appropriately following Miley, was rapper Lil' Kim, who Miley has credited as one of her biggest influences.
Making an entrance: Miley took to the stage wearing what appeared to be a furry swimsuit for her performance of We Can't Stop
She can't stop! Miley certainly pushed the boundaries with her revealing outfit on the night
Certainly not shy: Miley then changed into some nude latex underwear as she was joined by Robin Thicke on stage
Blurred lines of what is appropriate? Miley Cyrus suggestively touches singer Robin Thicke at the awards
The rapper was flanked by up and coming star Iggy Azalea, who told the crowd to give it up for the 'Queen of Brooklyn'.
The pair handed out the Best Hip Hop gong to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton for their summer smash Can't Hold Us.
Comedian Kevin Hart appeared to make a bid to be the host for next year's event doing his best to entertain the crowd in an impromptu performance.
Try hard: Miley Cyrus succeeded in finding the most random ensemble that showed a maximum amount of flesh
What would Liam say? Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus enjoy a backstage kiss at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York on Sunday
Raunchy: It's safe to say Miley Cyrus has well and truly shaken off her Disney image
Kevin also seemed to make fun of Miley for 'all her grinding' against Robin Thicke, and warned Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift from keeping away from him too.
30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto then introduced Kanye West to the stage who gave a stirring performance of his track Blood On The Leaves.
Staying true to his apparent aversion to the spotlight, Kanye performed swamped in darkness whilst a silouhette danced in front of a projected image onto the stage.
'President of pop': Justin Timberlake brought the house down singing some of his biggest hits... including his hits with 'N Sync
Reuniting: Joey Fatone, from left, Justin and Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync perform at the MTV Video Music Awards
No strings attached: Justin reunited with 'N Sync and the played played hits including Bye Bye Bye and Girlfriend
Sharing his award: JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of N'Sync reunite at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Big winner: Justin eventually took home four awards during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York
The Best Female Video followed, presented by Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk who dished out the award to Taylor Swift for I Knew You Were Trouble.
And it appeared that Taylor took the opportunity to take a swipe at her ex Harry Styles.
'I want to thank the fans because I tweeted about this a lot, I really wanted this,' she said.
Coming out fighting: Katy Perry did her best impression of a professional boxer as she took to her exterior stage just by Brooklyn Bridge
Eye of the tiger: Katy performed her new single Roar at the awards show, and appeared to be in a fighting spirit
Fighting fit: Katy showed off her toned body in her revealing sportswear as she performed her new single
But then quickly added: 'I also want to thank the person who inspired this song because he knows exactly who he is, because now I've got one of these', the camera then panned to an awkward looking Harry.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton won again, for Best Video with a social message.
The rapper explained the important message behind the song, saying: 'Gay rights are our human rights, there is no separation'.
Outside bed: Katy performed in a boxing ring that was placed by Brooklyn Bridge in New York
Ready to Roar: Katy wowed fans who had waited outside in Brooklyn to see her perform
One direction: Katy points out to her adoring crowd as she performs her new single Roar to promote upcoming album Prism
Pop princess: Katy Perry closes the MTV VMAs 2013 as her dancers hold up signs that read 'Game over'
Jimmy Fallon introduced Justin Timberlake - one of the most anticipated performances of the night, who started his set behind-the-scenes eventually arriving on stage with his backing dancers.
Jimmy dubbed Justin the 'president of pop' and he certainly lived up to the title.
Playing his biggest hits, Justin wowed the crowd causing even Lady Gaga to sing along as she watched from the audience.
Take that, Harry! Taylor Swift accepts her award for I Knew You Were Trouble which is rumoured to be about her ex Styles
'I'm a fan of yours!': Taylor complimented presenters Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk as she accepted her award for Best Female Video
'I also want thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!' Taylor said as the camera panned to squirming Harry Styles.
Taylor Swift and her buddy for the night Selena Gomez danced together as Justin sang Rocky Your Body.
However, the atmosphere was brought to a standstill when Justin announced 'You asked for it' as the much rumored 'N Sync reunion took place.
Singing Girlfriend and Bye Bye Bye - Justin and the other members of the band brought the house down.
Moving on? Taylor happily posed with Bruno Mars backstage at the event that was held in Brooklyn, New York
'Don't worry, I wasn't talking about you': Taylor Swift appeared to be very keen to have a word with Justin Timberlake as got back to his seat in the star-studded audience
But alas, Justin then went back to his solo material singing a rendition of Suit & Tie as his former band mates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick quickly exited the stage.
Justin, dressed in a black suit and black hat with a red feather, was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by Jimmy Fallon.
'I don't deserve the award, but I'm not going to give it back,' Justin said. 'I'm taking this home.'
Power players: Rihanna, who did not perform at the event, posed with Will Smith at the event who attended with his whole family
Mini-grill: Rihanna went for a casual look with an MC Lyte t-shirt and a gold addition between her teeth
Take that, Taylor! Swift wasn't the only one posing up with members of the opposite sex, as Harry Styles met Rihanna
'Half of the moonmen I've ever won, I won with those four guys right there,' Justin said pointing at his former band mates while holding the Vanguard trophy. 'So above all else, I'm going to share this - we can keep it my house - but I'm going to share this award with them.'
Justin's night was topped off by winning Video of the Year for Mirrors and gave an emotional acceptance speech, thanking his grandfather who recently passed away.
Giving Justin a run for his money however was Bruno Mars, who proved his vocal power in a strong performance.
Power: Bruno Mars almost stole the show from Justin Timberlake with his incredible voice
Making an impact: Bruno Mars performed Gorilla at the event and made a big impression with his stage pyrotechnics
Winning smile: Bruno Mars took home two MTV moonmen Best Male Video and Best Choreography
But really battling it out to be the best was Katy Perry who performed her new single Roar in a boxing ring situated outside by Brooklyn Bridge.
Unlike her competitors Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, Katy kept herself relatively covered in a boxers outfit as she performed outside.
Rihanna, 25, was also at the event although she did not perform.
Instead, the Barbadian beauty sat back and enjoyed the show mingling with Will Smith and Harry Styles respectively.
Old and new: Rappers Lil' Kim and Iggy Azalea united to present the award for Best Hip Hop Video
Speech: Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for Can't Hold Us as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil' Kim look on
Photobomb: Ed Sheeran and Macklemore share a joke whilst Emeli Sande is seen enjoying the show