The MTV Video Music Awards is responsible for some of the most memorable and sometimes controversial moments in awards ceremony history (remember Kanye West’s infamous interruption during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech?). Well, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards took place last night at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and, needless to say, it was another night to remember.
From Ja Rule and J. Lo’s epic performance to Logic and Ryan Tedder’s important social statement, here are five unforgettable moments from last night.
Cardi B and her “baby”
The Bodak Yellow rapper opened the show cradling what seemed to be her newborn daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus. Turns out, it was actually a VMA trophy! “I got a little ticky, ticky surprise for y’all,” the rapper said as she dropped the “baby” on the floor and introduced Shawn Mendes.
Ja Rule joins J. Lo on stage
Jennifer Lopez always puts 200 percent into her shows — and last night was no exception. She performed some of her classic hits, like I’m Glad and Get Right, then was joined on stage by Ja Rule to sing the duo’s 2001 hit, I’m Real. Talk about the ultimate throwback!
J. Lo accepts her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
It was a big night for Lopez as she became the first Latina to win the Vanguard Award. The star accepted the highest honor of the night with a heartfelt speech dedicated to everyone who helped her along her 30-year career. “It has been an incredible journey. Dreaming my wildest dreams and then kind of watching them come through. Music, acting, performing — this career has always been an obsession for me,” Lopez shared.
Madonna’s Aretha Franklin “tribute”
The Queen of Pop shared a story about how she sang Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman when she forgot to bring her sheet music to an audition. Viewers were quick to slam the singer, saying it was a self-indulgent speech as opposed to a tribute to the recently-late Queen of Soul. Madonna explained later in an Instagram post that she meant no disrespect, and that she was told to share any anecdotes she had in her career related to Franklin rather than a full-on tribute.
Logic and Ryan Tedder take a stand
Following last year’s impactful 1-800-273-8255 performance, which shed light on suicide, we expected no less from Logic this year. The rapper and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder were joined onstage by immigrant families in t-shirts that read “We Are All Human” during their performance of their newest track, One Day. People took to Twitter to show their support with the hashtag #HereToStay, #FamiliesBelongTogether, #OneDay.
What was your favorite moment from last night’s VMAs? Let us know in the comments below!
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