2013 MMVA Winners Announced ### Drake Surprises Hometown Crowd at 2013 MMVAs; Fans Have a PSY-riously Good Time!

- International superstar Drake, East Coast hip-hop artist Classified, and rockers Marianas Trench tied with two MMVA wins apiece -

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TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS were the place to be as some of the biggest and hottest names in music took to the stage for a night to remember. Big winners of the night were Toronto's homegrown hero Drake, who made a surprise appearance on the MMVA stage, to accept awards for Hip Hop Video of the Year and Director of the Year, Vancouver rockers Marianas Trench (Your Fave Video and Pop Video of the Year) and Nova Scotian rapper Classified (Video of the Year and MuchFACT Video of the Year) who tied with two MMVAs each. Classified won both awards for the MuchFACT funded video and #1 hit "Inner Ninja," which he also performed live to the excited crowd.

Thousands of fans packed the iconic downtown Toronto corner of Queen and John to cheer on their heroes and celebrate the absolute best music videos of the year. Co-host PSY led an action-packed evening, sharing the glory with some of the biggest superstars in the biz, including Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Lucy Hale, Avril Lavigne, Serena Ryder, Brittany Snow, and the one and only Taylor Swift. The MMVAs felt the love on Twitter tonight with more than 20 MMVA related topics trending worldwide, peaking with four in the Top 10, including the #1 spot.

The two-hour special will encore on Thursday, June 29 at 9 p.m. ET and throughout the week on MuchMusic or on demand now at muchmusic.com. For additional listings please visit muchmusic.com.

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The 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS were filled with show-stopping performances. Co-host PSY, who nabbed the MMVA for Viral Video of the Year, opened the show with a rousing rendition of his juggernaut hit "Gangnam Style" and got the fans laughing with an over-the-top parody of Beyonce's "Single Ladies." Avril Lavigne rocked the 2013 MMVA stage with her single "Here's To Never Growing Up" after taking home a statue for International Video of the Year by a Canadian. British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeren, brought down the house with a soulful rendition of "Lego House," while Marianas Trench delivered a killer performance of "Desperate Measures" after taking home the MMVA for Pop Video of the Year for the second year in a row. After picking up an MMVA for International Video of the Year, pop superstar, Demi Lovato, stopped hearts with a medley of "Heart Attack" and "Give Your Heart Break," and first time nominee and winner, Serena Ryder performed an explosive medley of her mega-hit "Stompa" and "What I Wouldn't Do" complete with pyro.

"Another year, another fabulous street party! Tonight's show was such an amazing celebration of homegrown and international talent…with some added surprises and performances for good measure," said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. "From Drake, PSY, Taylor, and Avril to Demi, Armin van Buuren, and Marianas Trench, we're excited that the magic of the MMVAs once again got our fans up close and personal with their heroes."

And the winners are…

Marianas Trench - "Stutter"
(MuchFACT funded)

YOUR FAVE Artist or Group
Justin Bieber

YOUR FAVE International Artist or Group
Taylor Swift

Video Of The Year
Classified f. David Myles - "Inner Ninja"
(MuchFACT funded)

International Video of the Year - Artist
Demi Lovato - "Heart Attack"

International Video of the Year - Group
Macklemore And Ryan Lewis f. Wanz - "Thrift Shop"

Pop Video of the Year
Marianas Trench - "Desperate Measures"

Dance Video of the Year
deadmau5 f. Chris James - "The Veldt"

Hip Hop Video of the Year
Drake - "Started From The Bottom"

Rock/Alternative Video of the Year
Serena Ryder - "Stompa"

International Video of the Year by a Canadian
Avril Lavigne - "Here's to Never Growing Up"

Director of the Year
Drake - "Started From The Bottom"
Director X

Post-Production of the Year
Billy Talent - "Surprise Surprise"

MuchFACT Video of the Year
Classified f. David Myles - "Inner Ninja"
(MuchFACT funded)

Viral Video of the Year
PSY - "Gangnam Style"

An impressive list of superstars were on hand tonight to give out the coveted awards including Taylor Swift, Brittany Snow, Kunal Nayyar, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell, Naya Rivera, Patrick J. Adams, Shawn Desman, Stephen Amell, Austin Mahone, Billy Talent, Danny Fernandes, The Janoskians, Josh Bowman, Luke Bilyk, Mia Martina, Anjulie, and Tyler Hoechlin.

Fans who have wondered what it's like to attend an awards show or pull off a spectacle of this scale can tune into 2013 MMVAs: BEHIND THE SCENES, Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m. ET. The special has interviews from the biggest stars and gives viewers an exclusive backstage pass to the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS where cameras hang out with some of the hottest names on the planet during this hour of never before seen footage.

Official sponsors of the 2013 MMVAs include: BlackBerry®, Coca-Cola Canada Ltd., H&M, Procter & Gamble, SUBWAY® Restaurants (SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.), Virgin Mobile Canada™, WONKA® NERDS® (WONKA® and NERDS® are registered trademarks of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., Vevey Switzerland).

MuchMusic gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The show airs live on Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special starting at 8 p.m. ET. Past MMVAs performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Avril Lavigne, The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Keys, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Colin Farrell, Down With Webster, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Hedley, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Snooki, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Lautner, and many more. At the MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at muchmusic.com or Twitter @MuchMusic for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.

SOURCE: MuchMusic

For further information:

For more information on the 2013 MMVAs:
Nicola Krishna, Much MTV Group, 416.384.5276, nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca
Mary Costa, Much MTV Group, 416.384.7702, mary.costa@bellmedia.ca

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