Is there any night during the awards circuit that produces more chaotic, jaw-dropping, and memorable moments than the MTV Video Music Awards?
The VMAs returned to the stage and our screens on Tuesday night. Hosted by none other than Nicki Minaj, musicians and artists showed up to New Jersey’s Prudential Center for an unforgettable evening of bold red-carpet looks, extraordinary performances, and heartwarming acceptance speeches. Tonight’s A-list attendees included Shakira, Cardi B, Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and many more.
Naturally, Twitter went wild over some of the night’s biggest moments, from *NSYNC’s surprise onstage reunion to Shakira’s career-spanning Video Vanguard performance. Scroll ahead to see the best reactions.
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Blackpink’s absence was duly noted by disappointed fans.
Olivia Rodrigo’s theatrical VMAs performance included a collapsing set—and Twitter was here for it.
The fan conspiracies came true! *NSYNC reunited onstage, with Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirpatrick coming together to present the first award for Best Pop Music Video. Taylor Swift reacted accordingly—much to the appreciation of viewers.
Speaking of Swift, Twitter users couldn’t get enough of the singer’s supportive crowd reactions to her fellow artists’s performances throughout the night.
Twitter received Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s debut performance of “Bongos” with near unanimous acclaim.
Doja Cat’s demon-themed performance spurred on some intense reactions.
People speculated that Justin Timberlake and Megan Thee Stallion fought after backstage footage of the two seemingly arguing emerged, but an eyewitness said the clip was taken out of context.
Of course, Shakira’s blowout, career-spanning performance as this year’s Video Vanguard Award recipient instantly went viral.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.