By People Staff
September 28, 2009 12:00 PM

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Video Music Awards, New York City, Sept. 13

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Drama and fun were the beat at MTV’s awards extravaganza—including a one-woman fashion show, rocking tributes, a shocking onstage outburst and more …

Of the Kanye West incident, Swift told PEOPLE, “I was really excited because I’d just won the award, and then I was really excited because Kanye West was onstage, and then I wasn’t excited anymore after that.”

Swift does her best gazelle impression while performing her hit “You Belong with Me” for the show.

Taylor Swift sparkled in KAUFMANFRANCO on the red carpet and later became the center of attention when her acceptance speech for best female video was cut short by Kanye West, who took her microphone and declared that fellow nominee Beyoncé had made “one of the greatest videos of all time.” Despite the shock, Swift told PEOPLE, “I had a great night tonight. I’ve been sent so many text messages. It’s definitely been interesting.”

No fashion envy here! Pink and Shakira acknowledge their good taste after showing up in identical Balmain dresses. “My stylist told me this was ‘one of a kind!'” joked Shakira.

Jennifer Lopez pulls off her stated fashion aim for the night—”sexy, edgy, feminine”—in Louis Vuitton and lacy Christian Louboutin ankle boots.

The Hills’ Kristin Cavallari and Katy Perry (in a mini by the Blonds) share the glare and similarly sparkly dresses.

STARS ON SHOW

New York City, Sept. 13

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé steal the spotlight and scored several moonmen (including best new artist for Gaga and video of the year for Beyoncé). “I’m so honored to have been here,” said Lady Gaga. “I love my fans. I felt like they were really there with me tonight.”

SONG FOR MICHAEL

Following a spoken remembrance from Madonna, Janet Jackson added her dance-in-the-aisles tribute to her late brother Michael, performing their song “Scream.”

DELIGHTFUL DUET

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys rounded out the night with a laid-back version of “Empire State of Mind,” from the rapper’s latest CD.

TWILIGHT’S TRIUMVIRATE

Fans swooned anew for Twilight stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, who introduced the trailer for New Moon. “I’m excited for fans to see what we did,” Lautner told PEOPLE.

TOTALLY GAGA

Known for gleefully pushing the boundaries of style, Lady Gaga reveled in the chance to go all out for the VMAs. “I changed about seven times tonight,” said the singer. “I love fashion and I love supporting new designers.”

ROMANTIC BOND

Venice, Sept. 8

George Clooney keeps close to his new squeeze, Italian model-actress Elisabetta Canalis, at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of The Men Who Stare at Goats.

MAGIC WIN

Los Angeles, Sept. 12

Selena Gomez (center), Jennifer Stone (left), David Henrie (right) and the rest of the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place celebrate their Outstanding Children’s Program win at the 61st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

TWO OLSENS—STRAIGHT UP!

New York City, Sept. 10

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen team up behind the bar to help out at Bergdorf Goodman for Fashion’s Night Out.

ANGELINA IN AFRICA

Kenya, Sept. 12

Angelina Jolie visited a Dadaab refugee camp, where upwards of 285,000 refugees live in a space meant for 90,000—and 7,000 more arrive each month. The actress also flew with daughter Zahara, 4, to visit Ethiopia for “the first time Zahara had been back home since her adoption,” says a friend, adding that Jolie was also scouting for a location for a new clinic there. In the meantime, Brad Pitt and the rest of their kids stayed with friends in Kenya. “The family has been having a wonderful time,” says a friend.

PERM TIME!

New York City, Sept. 9

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall have an extended ’80s flashback while filming Sex and the City 2.

HEADS UP: THE BOYFRIEND HAT!

Westwood, Calif., Sept. 9

Reese Witherspoon proves the point that couples end up dressing alike, sporting the same snood-style hat beau Jake Gyllenhaal (inset) wears.

GIRL POWER

Toronto, Sept. 13

Stars of the roller-derby film Whip It, including director Drew Barrymore (center), Eve (second from left), Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig, unite for the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

THE GOLDEN MICROPHONE

Chicago, Sept. 8

Oprah Winfrey rings in the new season—her 24th—shooting the premiere episode on Michigan Avenue in the Windy City.

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