Cardi B looking fine, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson being cute, and Kevin Hart bombing already have Twitter talking.
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off Monday night without a host, but Twitter doesn't need an MC to talk trash on celebrities in attendance when fans are already doing it from home.
Or in the case of the cutest couple inside Radio City Music Hall, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, fans are just swooning. But Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish weren't so lucky, with their presentation for the Best Hip Hop Video getting roasted.
We'll be updating this post throughout the show. Here's why Twitter freaked out, so far.
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande
This couple is cute and just keeps getting cuter, much to the delight of everyone watching them. When they weren't packing on the PDA, they were spotted running away from the long line of photographers on the red carpet, and fans on Twitter collectively swooned over the cutie pies every time MTV cut to the couple on camera once they were inside the building. In her acceptance speech for her first win of the evening, she thanked her fiancé for existing.
ariana and pete running across the carpet PLEASE pic.twitter.com/DLVIhMGqwC— torin (@nucleargrande) August 20, 2018
THEY KEEP SHOWING ARIANA AND PETE OMG CUTIES— tash (@Iustrem) August 21, 2018
i just want to thank mtv for showing ariana and pete so much— jenn 🛸 (@successfulhood) August 21, 2018
Ariana and Pete running on the VMA red carpet is already my fav meme of the year— megan🌹 (@megsmedcalf) August 21, 2018
Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish Aren't That Funny
They may be two of the biggest comedians on the planet right now, but MTV viewers sure didn't think they were acting like it when they presented Nicki Minaj with the Best Hip Hop Video award. The general verdict is that their jokes were lame, with the exception of that jab at Fifth Harmony. We giggled at that one, too.
Me listening to Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish pic.twitter.com/8rOZXKZa73— Spanky Johnson (@unden14blediva) August 21, 2018
this Kevin hart /Tiffany shit cringe worthy— Wanda Maximoff (@BreeDaAuraGod_) August 21, 2018
Sigh I don’t ever wanna see Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish making jokes together ever again— Brian (@DillyDenilly) August 21, 2018
Cardi B Gets Has Peopling Talking for Soooo Many Reasons
She looks fine after giving birth a few weeks ago, she pulled a baby fake out when she kicked off the show to present a Shawn Mendes performance, and of course people are busy debating if she's a better hip-hop artist than Nicki Minaj, who beat out Cardi in the Best Hip Hop Video category. Perhaps in a nod to her rivalry with Minaj -- who just released an album called "Queen" -- she declared, "I am the empress!"
Dude that was a robbery Cardi B should have won! #VMAs— Angela Harris (@msangieb31) August 21, 2018
I like Cardi B better than Nicki Minaj. Because she's down to earth, great personality, really funny. Nicki is more talented but super arrogant. She makes it difficult to be a fan. Not for me.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 20, 2018
If Cardi B doesn’t win best new artist at the VMA’s I’m going to be MAD #VoteCardiB— olivia 🌷 (@olivia_sanborn) August 21, 2018
Shawn Mendes Gets Wet and His Fans Go Wild
The singer kicked off the hostless evening with a performance of his hit "In My Blood," and his admirers' eyes nearly bugged out of their skulls when he treated viewers to a one-man wet t-shirt contest. With over 66,000 tweets and counting mentioning his name, he was definitely one of the most popular stars of the evening.
attention to shawn mendes only: the VMAs afterparty is at my apartment and there is warm banana bread— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) August 21, 2018
sex is great and all but watching shawn mendes singing in my blood while it's raining on stage is so much better pic.twitter.com/rbuKb4oinh— ely (@tuckermuffins) August 21, 2018
Everyone Loves Blake Lively
Anna Kendrick got some love from Twitter too as they presented Ariana Grande an award and promoted their upcoming thriller, "A Simple Favor," but viewers were mostly obsessed with Lively's look for the evening. She may have snagged the record for showing the least amount of skin at the VMAs ever.
blake lively is so stunning— ً (@perfctlyjapan) August 21, 2018
blake lively looks like an actual angel— skyla (@badrepskyla) August 21, 2018
Blake Lively one fly white b*tch— Al Giovanni. (@thedongio_) August 21, 2018
every time I lay my eyes on Blake Lively I fall in love with her all over again— Kailee Heller (@kaileeheller) August 21, 2018
Blake Lively looks amazing. As always... #VMAs— Courtney 🤪 (@Courtn_y) August 21, 2018
I really don't know what Amber Rose is wearing at the #VMAs but anytime I look at Blake Lively, I'm being mesmerised.— ELIZABETH ♥♥♥ (@NellyBlys) August 21, 2018
Logic Declares 'F--k the Wall' and Everyone Cries
The rapper got points from viewers for tackling another major issue during his performance of "One Day" with One Republic's Ryan Tedder. This year he targeted President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, wearing a shirt that read "F--k the Wall," with a small army of immigrants and activists behind him wearing shirts that read "We Are All Human Beings."
"Bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. Together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united," Logic said to further his point. See the appreciation for his performance below.
Viewers Baffled Post Malone Won Song of the Year
"Rockstar" took home Song of the Year, and fans are baffled how it managed to topple hits from Drake, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Others still can't get over his appearance, in general.
Post Malone just won Song of the Year beating Finesse of all songs. 2018 truly is the worst year for music #VMAs— Emily (@eclectictrash) August 21, 2018
So you’re telling me Post Malone is better than Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, and Camilla Cabello?? pic.twitter.com/mKyzdDjojw— Nikole Schroder (@NikoleSchroder) August 21, 2018
Post Malone looks like a Roseanne reboot. #VMAs— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) August 21, 2018
i can smell post malone through my tv screen— dom! (@CMONPUDDlN) August 21, 2018
J.Lo Busts Out 'Get Right' During Vanguard Performance
Jennifer Lopez busted out her 2005 bop "Get Right" and fans were so, so grateful for this blast from the past. Some just were really bummed she didn't bring the cane from the music video with her.
As soon as I heard the horns from “Get Right” pic.twitter.com/toBjgzgiuC— Alex Bedder (@itgetsbedder) August 21, 2018
the get right beat remains incredible— deaux (@dstfelix) August 21, 2018
Get Right will forever be my bop— Miss Puff (@miss_puff_) August 21, 2018
Get Right is the most underrated JLo song. Don't @ me. #VMAs— Nicole Schuman🍕 (@Buffalogal) August 21, 2018
Cardi B Beats Hayley Kiyoko for Best New Artist
Hayley and Cardi's fan armies were duking it out hard all night on Twitter as votes decided who would be the winner, and in the end, the "Bodak Yellow" singer won out, leaving Hayley's fans crushed and confused, seeing as they saw her hashtag, #VoteHayleyKiyoko, trending high on the platform all night. Many are suspecting the vote was rigged, but at least she won MTV's Push Artist of the Year.
honestly i felt like it was rigged because #VoteHayleyKiyoko was trending world wide— lelah (@remkavinsky) August 21, 2018
this is bullshit bro how is this even possible we been out here voting our thumbs off for half an hour just to have some pendeja go up on stage to thank her fans by saying skrrrrrr and okurrrrr #votehayleykiyoko— jadyn💦💦💦 (@smokedupp) August 21, 2018
Travis Scott Honors Aretha Franklin, Rubs #1 Album in Nicki Minaj's Face
Minaj was not happy to discover her new album "Queen" did not shoot to No. 1 on the charts, and even vented on Twitter about it Monday morning. But the rapper whose album, "Astroworld," stayed on top of the charts for a second week in a row made sure the world knew during his VMAs performance. He also impressed viewers by being the first star in attendance to give Aretha Franklin a shoutout on stage before Madonna's tribute.
Crazy how Travis Scott was the first to say RIP to Aretha Franklin this room full on heathens lol— Fairy Princess ✨ (@Alyssa_sayz) August 21, 2018
Is Travis Scott the first person to acknowledge Aretha tonight?— brandon / jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) August 21, 2018
Travis Scott is the only performer at the #VMAs to dedicate their performance to Aretha Franklin.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 21, 2018
That's why Black performers matter. They pay tribute to our culture when award shows that exploit it don't.
Travis Scott: Astro world! #1 album in the world— Roberto (@PleasesaytheO) August 21, 2018
Nicki Minaj: pic.twitter.com/cbZVpMVerw
travis scott: astroworld number one right now— your boyfriend (@geekygare) August 21, 2018
nicki minaj: pic.twitter.com/xyWULnyV40
'The Hills' Are Alive Again -- But Can They Really Live Without Lauren Conrad?!
MTV gathered a few familiar stars of "The Hills" to announce a reboot series, "New Beginnings," but without Lauren Conrad appearing to be involved, fans of the original hit aren't on board yet. The series returns in
"The cast of the Hills"— Kenny M (@kennaymart) August 21, 2018
We don't want Speidi, Audrina, Justin Bobby, Stephanie, & Frankie.#VMAs #vmapreshow pic.twitter.com/2p3PqzGxxA
MTV trying to reboot The Hills without Kristen or Lauren.. who do they think they are pic.twitter.com/y9f6XbPbBQ— HIHIGH (@camilasdaddy) August 21, 2018
vinny & paulie: "the reunited cast of The Hills!"— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) August 21, 2018
lauren conrad at home: pic.twitter.com/MZAPNa3Bkt
IT'S NOT THE REUNITED CAST OF THE HILLS IF LAUREN ISN'T THERE— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) August 21, 2018
The more I think about it how dare MTV trod out a cast that doesn't include Lauren Conrad and call it The Hills. pic.twitter.com/lg4eysjjEU— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) August 21, 2018
So y'all are bringing The hills back without Lauren? pic.twitter.com/sKZ5IPtjX2— Rocioceja💫 (@Rocioceja_) August 21, 2018
Camila Cabello Wins Artist of the Year and Video of the Year
By the end of the VMAs, over 300,000 tweets mentioned the "Havana" singer, and most of them were celebrating the 21-year-old taking home two of the biggest awards of the night. It doesn't hurt that one of those honors was handed down directly from the Queen of Pop, Madonna.
Not a good day to be a Camila Cabello hater pic.twitter.com/yBPEUMVBHv— H. (@mijacabello97) August 21, 2018