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The Most Shocking and Touching Moments From MTV’s VMAs

Madonna Gets Strange, Post Malone Stars and Birthday Suits Rule

BY // 08.21.18

The MTV Video Music Awards are known for stirring up drama à la Miley Cyrus twerking it out in a wild 2013 mash up with Robin Thicke, Houston-proud Beyonce’s 2011 pregnancy reveal during a performance of “Love On Top,” and Kanye’s infamous 2009 “imma let you finish” moment during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.

The latest edition Monday night lived up to the tradition. In case you missed it, here are the most outrageous moments.

Madonna’s strange tribute to the late Aretha Franklin fired up the Internet. Birthday suits seemed to be the new black. Backstreet’s back and just alright, as Twitter roasted the live performance. Cardi B faked everyone out by giving birth to an MTV trophy. Jennifer Lopez proved she’s still Jenny from the Block with a 10-minute performance for the Video Vanguard Award 2018.

Post Malone’s World

Luckily, some sanity remained because a Texan did take home a MTV Moon Person. Grapevine-raised Post Malone won gold for Song of the Year with his hit “rockstar” featuring 21 savage.

Austin Richard Post (a.k.a. Post Malone) moved to the Dallas area from Syracuse when he was 9 years old after his father got a job working for the Dallas Cowboys — back when Tony Romo was on the team but not a starter. With a dad who had experience as a DJ, and with the help of the video game Guitar Hero, Post Malone was inspired to go into music.

He was voted “most likely to become famous” from his Grapevine High School. Clearly, his classmates were correct. Now, he’s one of the biggest musical influencers – especially in the ever-changing Dallas music scene. 


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The face-tattooed artist released his debut single “White Iverson” in 2010, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song made it to quadruple platinum and led to a recording contract with Republic Records. He later released his first album, Stoney, in 2016 with the top-10 hit “Congratulations.”

In 2018, the 23-year-old rapper’s second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, allowed him to hit his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for “rockstar” featuring 21 Savage. The song went platinum within four days of release.

He’s even collaborated with Justin Bieber, Kanye West and, as of last night, Aerosmith.

In a blast from the past, Aerosmith returned to the VMAs on the 25th anniversary of winning Video of the Year for “Cryin.” They closed out Radio City Music Hall with a onesie-wearing Post Malone and 21 Savage.

An intimate performance of “rockstar” warped into a generation-crossing rendition of “Dream On” by Aerosmith. Post Malone joined Aerosmith for the 1975 chart-topper “Toys In The Attic” and shared the mic with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The VMAs certainly rocked Radio City and jammed Twitter feeds. We can only imagine what will happen next year.

The VMAs Big Winners

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • Video of the Year: “Havana,” Camila Cabello
  • Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello
  • Best Direction: “This is America,” Childish Gambino
  • Best Art Direction: “APES**T,” The Carters
  • Song of Summer: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • Best Collaboration: “Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled and Cardi B
  • Best Cinematography: “APES**T,” The Carters
  • Best Choreography: “This is America,” Childish Gambino
  • Best Visual Effects: “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA
  • Best Editing: “Lemon,” N.E.R.D. feat. Rihanna
  • Best Dance Video: “Lonely Together,” Avicii feat. Rita Ora
  • Best Rock Video: “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
  • Best New Artist: Cardi B
  • Best Latin Video: “Mi Gente,” J. Balvin
  • Song of the Year: “rockstar” feat. 21 Savage, Post Malone
  • Best Pop Video: “No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande
  • Best Hip-Hop Video: “Chun Li,” Nicki Minaj
  • Push Artist of the Year: Hayley Kiyoko
  • Michael Jackson Vanguard Award: Jennifer Lopez

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