One of the most buzzworthy awards shows of the year is back -- and we got you covered!
The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards had everyone talking on social media Sunday night, taking over the Twitter trends with each new performance.
Following last year's socially-distanced ceremony featuring a whole lotta Lady Gaga, Sunday night's awards show -- hosted by Doja Cat -- was held in person and aired live from the Barclays Center in NYC.
Who better to get things started for MTV's 40th birthday but Madonna, who's been there since the very beginning?
In a pretaped video showing her driving in a taxi around New York City, the Queen of Pop talked about her four-decade long journey in the industry and how her rise coincided with the network's. "We found each other and formed a bond that changed my life, changed music and created a whole new art form," she declared, "That's why there's only one place to be tonight."
The camera then cut inside the Barclays, where the 63-year-old pop star hit the stage in a black leather dominatrix getup and proudly proclaimed: "They said we wouldn't last, but we're still here motherf---ers. Happy 40th MTV!"
She then simply turned around and walked off, showing off her infamous behind as she left. With that, Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI launched into the first performance of the night.
2021 was a huge year for "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" star Olivia Rodrigo, who who dropped three massive singles -- "Drivers License," "Deja Vu" and "Good 4 U" -- before dropping her album "Sour."
She went into the night with five nominations and picked up the first televised award of the night for Song of the Year for "Drivers License," after her first performance at the VMAs ever. She already won Push artist during the pre-show and later picked up Best New Artist.
tyler delivering a beautiful performance of a reconstructed Saturday, using the VMA performance as the moment to say "my wife is pregnant with our second child" and capping it off with "you can go to bed now"
After a proud introduction from Billy Porter, Lil Nas X hit the VMAs in his pink prison uniform from his infamous "Industry Baby" music video. Flanked by male backup dancers, he performed the whole song with Jack Harlow, who joined him on stage in a very form-fitting black pleather outfit.
The rapper then recreated the shower scene from the video -- but swapped the censor blur for sparkly pink boxer briefs -- surrounded by more half-naked men. It was joyous.
They may be expecting their second child together right now, but Kylie Jenner got no love from Travis Scott when he picked up the Best Hop-Hip Moon Person on Sunday night.
"I first wanna thank God, my mom, Stormi," he said while taking to the podium, getting screams from the audience. He then thanked the fans and his label, before telling everyone, "Love is the biggest thing that we can ever hold. Spread love and everything will be okay."
He made no mention of Kylie or the baby they have on the way.
“I want to thank God, my mom, Stormi” - Travis Scott at the #VMAs
Every time Normani hits the stage, without fail, she rushes to the top of the Twitter trends -- and tonight was no different.
The former Fifth Harmony star performed "Wild Side" more than midway through the show and she burned up the stage ... or whatever was left of it after Chloe's number before it.
Wearing a top sculpted to her chest and matching silver pants, Normani once again proved she's one of the best dancers out there right now. But it's how she ended the number that solidified it as one of the hottest of the night -- as she pulled out a strapped down Teyana Taylor and proceeded to grind up on her. Straight fire!
Busta Rhymes Gives Video Vanguard-Worthy Performance
While the Foo Fighters were awarded the Global Icon Award on Sunday night, nobody was honored with the Video Vanguard Award -- though one performer probably should have been.
Near the end of the show, legendary rapper Busta Rhymes hit the stage with Spliff Star for a medley of hits including "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," "Scenario" and "Touch It." Busta proved he's still one of the strongest rappers in the game, something that appeared to be lost on the extremely young audience.
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The final performance of the night came from Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker -- but it was their other halves that stole the spotlight.
The two were introduced by girlfriends Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian, with Fox kicking it off. "I'm a huge fan of this next performer," she said, "I've watched him grow, not only as an artist but as a person."
"I'm a fan too and I think this drummer is super hot," added Kourtney -- before Megan took it home by exclaiming, "New York, I need you to get extra loud for our future baby daddies!"