Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello Cuddled All Night Long
The pair certainly got cozy onstage when they performed “Señorita” together, but the PDA only continued as they couldn’t keep their hands off each other while in the audience.
Lizzo Performed with a Giant, Inflatable Butt as a Backdrop
Run — don’t walk! — to go watch Lizzo’s performance of “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell.”
There were iconic costumes! A yellow body suit that made Lizzo look like the sun! An inflatable butt! Backup dancers ripping wigs off and swinging them around with reckless abandon! It was pure joy from start to finish.
John Travolta Tried to Give the Moon Person to the Wrong Taylor Swift
While presenting the award for Video of the Year to Swift and the cast of her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, Travolta appeared to make a pretty iconic mixup, seemingly trying to had the trophy to Jade Jolie, the drag queen who plays Swift in the video. That’s a pretty huge compliment, if you look at the bright side!
Miley Cyrus Performed 'Slide Away' for the First Time Since Her Split
Cyrus took the stage to sing “Slide Away,” a song many assume to be about her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. The performance comes just a few days after Hemsworth officially filed for divorce.
Taylor Swift Promoted Equality in Her Acceptance Speech for Video of the Year
Swift’s song, “You Need to Calm Down,” won Video of the Year, and Swift made sure to drive home the point of the anthem in her acceptance speech and pointedly call out the White House for not acknowledging the 500,000 signatures she’s collected on a petition to support the Equality Act.
She said to fans, “You voting for this video means you want a world where we’re all treated equally, regardless of who we love and how we identify … We deserve equal rights under the law.”
Alyson Stoner Returned 17 Years Later to Reprise her Role as the Star of Missy Elliot's 'Work It'
The legendary Missy Elliot put on a performance filled with iconic moments from her video music career ahead of receiving the coveted Video Vanguard Award. Fans, like Halsey and Gigi Hadid, got out of their seats to dance as Elliot rapped to a medley of her hits, including “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control.” Then, as an added surprise, Elliot brought out dancer Stoner, who appeared in the original 2002 “Work It” video, to revive her role as the dancer who stole the spotlight almost two decades ago.
Normani Absolutely Crushed Her 'Motivation' Debut Performance
2019 has become the singer’s breakout year, following the release of the viral video for her smash hit “Motivation.” Normani’s highly anticipated performance went off with a bang, as she appeared on stage sitting on top of a basketball hoop in between her dancers who twerked on chain link fences. She also brought other memorable moments from her video to the stage, such as the high-energy choreography, the 2000s-inspired looks and her now-famous move where she makes going from a headstand to landing smoothly into a split look easy.
Sophie Turner Fangirled Over Lizzo
“OMG CONGRATULATIONS @joejonas @nickjonas @kevinjonas here are a few of my favorite moments from tonight! #THATSTHETEA #Lizzoisqueen,” she wrote alongside photos of Joe sitting backstage at the famed Stone Pony stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, herself and U.S. Women’s World Cup champion Alex Morgan sipping tea and a shot of her hugging her “queen” Lizzo.
Taylor Swift and Queen Latifah Bonded in Bold Red Lips
The singer and rapper/actress snapped a photo backstage in cute, coordinated lip colors.
The Hadids Meet Mama Cyrus
The model sisters posed with Tish Cyrus, mom to Miley, during the show.
Commercial Breaks = Photo Ops
Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Halsey and Bella Hadid were all smiles in this epic group photo.
Lizzo and Lil Nas X Showed Each Other Love
The nominees for best new artist lovingly embraced each other in the crowd.
Missy Elliot and Cardi B Posed with the Moon Person of the Night
After Cardi B presented Elliot with her Video Vanguard Award, the duo went backstage to commemorate the moment with this special snap.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Came to Slay
Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris looked flawless in their VMA looks. Morgan wore a Christian Cowan mini dress, while Krieger chose an Off White gown and Harris opted for a Thom Browne suit.
The Jonas Wives Celebrated Their Husbands' VMA Win
Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas were spotted backstage holding the Jonas Brothers’ moon person for winning the best pop category for their hit “Sucker.”
Rick Ross Ruled
The rapper was caught taking Instagram Stories of the show throughout the night.
Queen Latifah Rode in Style to Represent New Jersey on Stage
The star made her grand entrance on a motorcyle to perform her hit “U.N.I.T.Y.” and to join her fellow hip-hop artists from New Jersey to close out the show.
Halsey and the Hadids Cheered and Danced the Night Away
Throughout the night, the singer and model sisters were seen dancing up a storm and cheering for their favorite acts.
DJ Khaled was on His Phone Throughout the Night and Here's Proof
This photo caught him in the act, but fans can also head over to his Instagram Stories to see moments of him on the red carpet and turning up at a VMA afterparty with A$AP Ferg, Victor Cruz and 2 Chainz.