The 2018 MTV VMAs aired tonight, and it was…well, interesting. Tiffany Haddish threw shade at Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes got rained on, Jennifer Lopez performed all her hits and left me star-fished on the floor (pun intended), and Madonna gave a treatment to Aretha Franklin that was more about herself than Franklin. (More on that later. Oof.) This year’s show clocked at just over two-and-a-half hours and featured a hodgepodge of performances and buzzy moments that will certainly have the Internet talking for days. Check out everything you need to know about the show, below:
When Hayley Kiyoko dedicated her PUSH Artist of the Year Award to the gay community. “This validates all queer women of color that you can follow your dreams,” she said.
Cardi B’s baby fake-out. The rapper opened the show in a gorgeous red dress, and she was swaddling…something…in her arms. At first people thought it was her baby, Kulture, but it was actually just one of the awards she won from the evening. She nearly had me there! (Actually, who am I kidding? She definitely had me there.)
Shawn Mendes’ performance. I understand why so many millennial girls like him now—he’s a very handsome man. And “In My Blood” is a bop.
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart’s opening monologue. They made jokes about everything from the Jersey Shore cast to the fact so many celebrities are getting engaged this summer. Of course when they made that latter joke, the camera panned to Grande and Davidson. The Fifth Harmony joke Haddish made to Camila Cabello was ice cold, as well.
When Nicki Minaj came to Fifth Harmony’s defense. “Don’t come for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that bitch,” Minaj said to Haddish after she made her joke. I’m done! But, honestly, justice for Normani.
Ariana Grande shouting out Pete Davidson in her acceptance speech for Best Pop Video. “Pete Davidson, thanks for existing,” she said. And I’m swooning.
The Backstreet Boys doing a cappella versions of all the Song of the Year nominees. It was…interesting. Post Malone ultimately took home the award.
Nicki Minaj’s performance. She performed a medley of several songs from Queen, including “Majesty” and the reference-filled “Barbie Dreams” — and brought down the house, natch.
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s red-carpet debut. Still not over it.
Jennifer Lopez’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award performance and acceptance speech. She performed all the hits you could want (“Jenny From the Block,” “I’m Real,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” and more) and gave an emotional monologue, where she thanked her children, the directors of her videos, her family, and friends.
Ariana Grande’s performance of “God Is a Woman.” She took me to church.
Camila Cabello winning Artist of the Year. Her debut solo album is A+, and she also made a joke about Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande during her speech. That is the content I need. (She also took home the award for Video of the Year.)
The Hills is coming back. In a spinoff series called The Hills: New Beginnings, which will feature Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port as they enter adulthood and the next stage of their lives.
Cardi B’s speech for Best New Artist. She shut down all the haters who said she was jeopardizing her career for having a baby. “I’m still winning awards,” she said with her signature laugh. Yes, she is.
Childish Gambino winning the award for Video With a Message for “This Is America.” It’s such an important video, so the award is well-deserved.
Madonna’s bizarre “tribute” to Aretha Franklin. The speech focused more on Madonna herself than Franklin, and many people aired their grievances about it on Twitter.