Say Cheese! Stars' Personal Snaps from the VMAs

Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande pucker up and more behind-the-scenes pics from the stars

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PRETTY PUCKERS

PRETTY PUCKERS
Courtesy Nicki Minaj

Not sure what we love more: those long lashes or lovely lips! Performers Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande smush faces in this sweet #selfie.

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COUPLE OF CUTIES

COUPLE OF CUTIES
Courtesy Jordin Sparks

"We're totally ready for our close-up!" Jordin Sparks captions this shot of herself and color-coordinated boyfriend Jason Derulo. "Congrats on your 2 #VMA nominations, @jasonderulo! I'm so proud of you, baby!"

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THE EYES HAVE IT

THE EYES HAVE IT
Courtesy Samsmithworld

No comment needed for this smoldering backstage snap of Sam Smith and pal Katy Perry.

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SHOCK & AWE

SHOCK & AWE
Courtesy Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato and pal Taylor Swift can't shake off that they ran into each other – and their faces show it! "Look who I got to see tonight!" posts Lovato.

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TO THE MOON!

TO THE MOON!
Courtesy Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran and his "Sing" director Emil Nava show off their "we won" faces after taking home the Moon Man for best male video.

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IN THE DARK

IN THE DARK
Courtesy Nicki Minaj

Think they talked American Idol? Nicki Minaj and "the lovely JLO," as she says, get close for the camera.

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THE COOL KIDS

THE COOL KIDS
Courtesy Julianne Hough

1, 2, 3 ... funny faces! Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev and two pals get pretty darn goofy en route to their "date night" at the VMAs.

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WRAP AROUND

WRAP AROUND
Courtesy Sam Smith

Someone's excited to meet Queen B! Performer and double-nominee Sam Smith gives a squeeze to Beyoncé backstage. No caption needed here!

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MAKING A MARK

MAKING A MARK
Courtesy Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus proudly reveals her date Jesse, a homeless youth from the foundation My Friend's Place, who accepted the video of the year award for "Wrecking Ball" on behalf of the pop star. Later in the night, the two celebrated their victory at In-N-Out Burger.

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PRISON BREAK

PRISON BREAK
Courtesy Uzo Aduba

Orange Is the New Black cast mates and co-presenters Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox squeeze into a #selfie and prove black is the new black in their matching ensembles.

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DOUBLE HAPPINESS

DOUBLE HAPPINESS
Courtesy Nick Jonas

What a lucky guy! Nick Jonas gets to sit next to not one, but two lovely ladies: girlfriend Olivia Culpo and former Camp Rock costar Demi Lovato. "So much fun with these two!" he writes.

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MUSIC MAKERS

MUSIC MAKERS
Courtesy Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez and her "Emotions" cowriter Chris Brown match hair and gown colors. "Look who I found," she writes on Instagram.

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HIP WITH IT

HIP WITH IT
Courtesy Joan Smalls

Models Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn heat things up and go pelvis to pelvis backstage. "We went 0 to 100 Real Quick," posts Smalls.

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PEACE & LOVE

PEACE & LOVE
Courtesy Charlixcx

Is it a sign? VMA winner Lorde and British up-and-comer Charli XCX are all about the good stuff in their fun photo.

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MOVE & SHAKE

MOVE & SHAKE
Courtesy Jack Antonoff

Are we about to see a dance-off? Fun. and Bleachers rocker Jack Antonoff can't believe his luck when he runs into Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler. "I'm a huge fan," he admits. (Turns out Nina Dobrev is, too!)

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