Watch: Kings of Leon perform 'Beautiful War' on MTV EMA 2013 like grownups


Kings of Leon brought the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards into the grownup zone Sunday (Nov. 10), taking "don't make a scene, dear" literally with their performance of "Beautiful War" off the band's new album, "Mechanical Bull."

There was no twerking; there were no pole dancers and no naked painted ladies, and no one descending from the sky dressed in mirrored prisms and wrapped in a maypole. There were just beautiful lyrics, expertly-crafted musicianship and a tiny bit of pyrotechnics -- because after all, it's still an MTV awards show.

Performers like Austin Mahone -- who helped open the show from a live New York stage, rife with elaborate choreography and half-hearted lip syncing -- should take note. Sometimes it's just about the music. And that's OK. Thanks, Kings.

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