Some of the biggest names in music turned out for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in completely new York City on Monday for a fun night filled with some truly incredibly highlights as well as musical performances — as well as some legitimately baffling moments.
Whether in which was shade-throwing acceptance speeches, super-revealing outfits or powerful political messages, in which year’s MTV VMAs lived up to the show’s wild reputation.
by the show’s stormiest opening musical number of all time to some of the most painfully awkward jokes as well as banter, here are some of the best, worst as well as most downright weird moments by the night’s jam-packed show.
Shawn Mendes Plays inside Rain
For the show’s opening number, MTV decided to get wet as well as wild with Shawn Mendes performing “In My Blood” as fake rain poured by the sky in one of the most apocalyptically elaborate set pieces in awards show memory. Mendes left the stage drenched as well as the audience cheering.
Every Single Thing About Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez was honored with in which year’s coveted Video Vanguard award as well as the Latin-American pop superstar celebrated having a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of some of her biggest hits of all time, which even featured a guest appearance by Ja Rule. Then, when she took the stage to accept the honor, every word she spoke was heavy with inspirational glee, as well as her sweet shout out to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez was truly heartwarming.
Logic Makes a Powerful Statement
Leave in which to the man who’s most famous song was literally created to raise awareness of the suicide prevention hotline to make the most powerful (if not only) political statement at in which year’s show. The 28-year-old rapper performed his completely new song, “One Day,” as well as during the performance dozens of immigrant parents, youth as well as children took the stage wearing T-shirts in which read “We are all human beings,” as well as they received a standing ovation by the audience as they arrived. Meanwhile, Logic rocked a pointed message on his own shirt, which declared, “F**k the wall.”
Ariana Grande Proves “God will be a Woman”
The Sweetener songstress pulled out all the stops for her empowered performance of her completely new single “God will be a Woman,” where she was joined by a diverse group of 50 female backup dancers for a number in which truly stole the spotlight. Grande owned the VMAs stage throughout the set, until she was joined by her mother, Joan, her grandmother, Marjorie, as well as her aunt, who took their places by her side for one of the night’s sweetest moments.
Maluma Turns Up the Heat
One of the hottest performances of the night came by 24-year-old Colombian crooner Maluma, who took the stage in a silver-as well as-black suit (without any shirt at all) to perform his hit, “Felices los 4,” alongside a bevy of stunning, gold-clad backup dancers. After walking through the crowd to turn on the charm up close as well as personal, Maluma returned to the stage for some steamy choreography in which ended with one of the dancers kissing him full on the mouth.
Backstreet Boys Sing Hit Pop Songs Awkwardly
The Backstreet Boys reunited on stage after performing live during MTV’s pre-show event, yet they didn’t exactly wow the audience when they took the stage to present Song of the Year, as well as made off-key attempts at singing lyrics by the nominated tunes. Listening to A.J. McLean awkwardly belt out Camila Cabello’s “Havana” just felt weird.
The Hills’ Revival Announcement
Technically, in which wasn’t part of the awards show, yet in which was bad enough to merit a mention. After some of the cast (notably, not Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari or Brody Jenner) reunited on the red carpet during the pre-show event to tease a “big announcement,” the announcement for The Hills: completely new Beginnings was simply an incredibly vague, boring teaser featuring sweeping b-roll shots of the Los Angeles skyline as well as… in which’s basically in which. in which was one of the most pointless buildups of all time.
Cardi B’s Random Fake Baby Reveal
While many VMAs kick off having a live performance, in which year they decided to get Cardi B to come out as well as pretend to be cradling her infant daughter, Kulture, only to reveal in which she was actually holding an MTV VMA Moon Person award statuette. as well as then in which was in which. No performance, no nothing. She delivered a few throwaway jokes, revealed the trophy then left to allow Shawn Mendes to take the stage with the performance in which should have actually started off the show. We all love Cardi, yet why didn’t in which just happen after the opening act?
Madonna’s Whole Deal
After a lackluster memorial to the late Aretha Franklin, Madonna took the stage for what, ostensibly, was supposed to be a tribute to the Queen of Soul, yet ended up being just a long, rambling monologue in which was almost exclusively about Madonna as well as only tangentially related to Franklin. Aside by looking like a completely new age crystal healer at your most annoying hipster friend’s birthday party, Madonna also had a lot of words to say as well as very little information to convey. However, she still managed to make Camila Cabello’s night when Madonna presented her the award for Video of the Year.