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We already knew the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were going to be epic with Katy Perry hosting and performances slated by Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and more. From the big wins to the unforgettable performances, here’s the run-down of the best moments of the night:

1) Taylor Swift debuts her new music video for “Look What You Made Me Do.”

 Just days after releasing new music for the first time in years, Taylor Swift premiered the video for the first single off her upcoming album, Reputation. The singer poked fun at all of her various personas over the years and even ended the video wearing her silver gown from the 2009 VMAs saying, “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.” Watch the full video below:

2) Lorde carried on with her performance, even though she had the flu.

Despite being so sick with the flu that she needed an IV, Lorde fully embodied “the show must go on” mantra with a non-vocal dance performance of “Homemade Dynamite” in a silver metallic dress, sweatpants and sneakers. Even though she gave it her all with some pretty impressive interpretive dance moves, the internet was still a little confused by the whole thing.

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Watch the full performance below:

4) Miley Cyrus performed “Younger Now” with dancers of all ages.

Unlike her controversial performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs, Miley Cyrus took a more laid-back approach this year, despite the rumors suggesting otherwise. Cyrus chose a ’50s-inspired theme and playfully sang along to her latest single with backup dancers of all ages.

5) Cardi B’s (almost) nip slip.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper had us all on the edge of our seat while she was introducing Demi Lovato’s performance tonight. Cardi B’s light pink off-the-shoulder ensemble dipped a little too low right as the camera switched to a different view, but you can still catch a glimpse of the moment-to-be below.

6) Pink’s Empowering Acceptance Speech.

This year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient brought all the excitement to this year’s awards show with a killer performance that included a flying car followed by a moving acceptance speech. The singer dedicated her empowering self-acceptance speech to her 6-year-old daughter Willow, who was watching from the audience. Watch her performance medley below:

7) Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara perform “1-800-273-8255” onstage with suicide survivors. 

Three of the night’s rising musicians came together to perform their chart-topping single “1-800-273-8255,” which doubles as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The trio brought real survivors of suicide to stand on stage for the powerful performance in t-shirts displaying the hotline number.

8.) Kendrick Lamar wins Video of the Year and performs onstage with dancers on fire.

The rapper took home six out of the nine awards he was nominated for this year, including Video of the Year, and put on a killer medley performance including dancers onstage that were actually on fire.


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A dancer on fire during Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 Video Music Awards performance. Photo: Getty

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Watch the full performance below:

9.) Fifth Harmony “metaphorically” pushed their former band member, Camila Cabello, off the stage during their performance.

Fifth Harmony threw some serious shade during their onstage performance of “Down & Angel” with Gucci Mane where they symbolically had their former fifth member, Camila Cabello, drop off the back of the stage. MTV promised us the drama, and if Katy Perry wasn’t going to do it, Fifth Harmony was happy to take the fall.

Watch the full performance below:

10.) Teyana Taylor recreated Janet Jackson’s 1995 VMA’s outfit.

The “Fade” dancer paid homage to Janet Jacket’s 1995 VMAs look, the year she won the award for Best Dance Video, in an epic portrayal complete with perfect washboard abs.

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