After a socially distanced event last year, the MTV Video Music Awards were back in full swing this time around at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday night to bring us some iconic performances from our favourite artists and to see who won a coveted moon man.
Some of the biggest winners this year were Olivia Rodrigo, winning song of the year and best new artist, while Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year. Billie Eilish said “We need to protect our young women at all costs,” while accepting the Video for Good award for Your Power and Lil Nas X video of the year with ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’.
Like any award show, viewers love to react to the performances, speeches and outfits so here are some of the best memes and reactions from the night.
VMA’s and Met Gala in the same week
With the VMAs and Met Gala happening within a day of each other, fashion Twitter was getting prepared for the influx of red carpet looks within the next 48 hours (and channelling their inner Amanda Presley).
vmas tonight, met gala tomorrow… fashion twitter is ready and i would be scared if i was a celebrity https://t.co/voYBVtD7MI
Lil Nas X stole the show with his amazing red carpet look, albeit without his pregnant bump to celebrate the release of his debut album this week (he’s also going to the Met Gala too - talk about a busy week!)
On top of that, the Industry Baby singer took home Video of the Year for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) where he thanked “the gay agenda – let’s go gay agenda!” and added, “I do not take this for granted.”
So tired of stars promoting unrealistic body types, losing the baby weight this fast isn’t healthy @LilNasX https://t.co/QFP9f9x0eK
Megan Fox calls boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly “daddy”
The actress made the comment during a red carpet interview and also called the same thing in an Instagram post, writing: “Daddy’s gonna win a VMA,” and let’s just say it’s gotten mixed opinions on Twitter.
Doja Cat hosted the show and Twitter was loving it
It was a busy night for the Say So singer who also won Best Collaboration for her song “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA and performed “Been Like This” and “You Right” and viewers were impressed with the high-flying performance that saw her be suspended in the air.
Watching Doja Cat give us a professional modern dance routine #VMAs https://t.co/5TstoY6Atu
But that wasn’t the only talking point of the night, as one particular outfit of Doja’s caught the eye of viewers - even Doja said when accepting her “I never thought I’d be dressed as a worm accepting an award,” the singer said.
Doja Cat wasn’t lying when she said she looked like a worm #VMAs https://t.co/M0tZd7Keyx
Normani channels Janet Jackson during her VMA performance with Teyana Taylor
Fans of the Motivation singer went wild over her debut live performance of her new single “Wild Side,” and the choreography definitely lived up to the song title as Normani gave Taylor a lapdance during the performance.
It is said to be a nod to Janet Jackson’s 2002 Live in Hawaii performance of “Would You Mind.”
UH NORMANI PAYING HOMAGE TO JANET JACKSON’S LIVE PERFORMANCES AND GIVING TEYANA TAYLOR A LAPDANCE. YES LORD. #VMAs https://t.co/D4Lus6nX1e