This year's Moonmen have been handed out, but everyone’s still talking about the MTV Video Music Awards. We’ve got all the highlights from the onstage hijinks to the inspired performances.
Lady Gaga took the night off allowing her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, to open the show with a chain-smoking monologue. Jo then launched into the newest single “Yoü and I” flanked by male dancers and an amazing solo from Queen guitarist Brian May.
Nicki Minaj started off the night’s awards ceremony winning the Best Hip-Hop Video award for her hit “Superbass.” The Harajuku Barbie beat out the likes of Kanye West and Lil Wayne and brought along her rag-doll companion from the red carpet to accept the award.
The stage lit up in a flurry of pyrotechnics as Kanye West and Jay-Z surprised the audience with their newest single “Otis” off of their collaborative album, Watch the Throne. The rappers were on fire -- even their microphones were set ablaze during the performance.
The Foo Fighters received the award for Best Rock Video with “Walk.” Dave Grohl accepted the Moonman telling the crowd, “Never lose faith in real rock and roll music. Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there.”
Adele offered a stripped-down performance of her new single “Someone Like You,” which stood in stark contrast to the bright lights and huge sounds that filled the stage throughout the night. No one in the audience could argue with her amazing vocal talent, and she brought down the house.
Jo Calderone stuck around to present Britney Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Spears also won the Best Pop Video award. In a case of history almost repeating itself, Jo and Brit leaned into each other but avoided an onstage kiss.
Beyoncé strutted the stage in front of a series of backup singers all donned in matching sparkling blazers. The diva belted out “Love on Top” before ripping open her blazer to rub her burgeoning baby bump after announcing her pregnancy earlier in the evening.
Bruno Mars joined Tony Bennett and Russell Brand to pay tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.
Katy Perry and her cubed cap took to the stage to accept the Video of the Year award for “Firework." She won earlier in the night for her collaboration with Kanye West for “E.T.”
Not to be left behind, Lil Wayne closed out the show by crooning “How to Love” before making a rocking transition to “John.” Though most of the lyrics were censored, he kept the audience going by strapping on a guitar and making his way into the crowd.