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15 vital moments and talking points from last night's VMAs

Taylor vs Katy.

1. OK, first up, forget about Pink’s whopper speech for a second and watch Lorde’s performance of Homemade Dynamite – where instead of singing, she did an interpretive dance for the whole song

Source: MTV/YouTube

Turns out she had the flu and couldn’t sing - fair play for her for stepping. Everyone watching at the time didn’t know this though, so the general reaction was “WHAT IS LORDE DOING UP THERE.”

2. Yes, Taylor Swift’s new video premiered – and at the end of the video she interacted with all the old versions of herself from previous videos

Source: TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube

It also features Zombie Taylor Swift and a throne of snakes.

It’s quite something.

premiered Source: Vevo

3. The beginning of Fifth Harmony’s performance couldn’t have been shadier. Following Camila leaving the group, the band had a fifth member on stage… only to jump off before the song begun

Source: MTV/YouTube

Subtle.

4. Katy Perry was hosting and the general consensus was that it was all a bit cringey. Here’s her opening monologue

Source: MTV/YouTube

There were many unimpressed viral tweets – which is the only true representation of public opinion:

5. Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris called out Nazis when she was on stage

If you can’t see the video, click here.

^what a sentence.

6. Adam Levine was presumably sitting at home for it – because he sent this *fire emoji* tweet about how shite the VMAs are

7. DJ Khaled brought his son up on stage with him

That kid lives the best life.

8. Ed Sheeran was joined by rapper Lil Uzi Vert for Shape of You

Source: MTV/YouTube

The reaction when he came out:

memofthe Source: @nelsonn_x3

9. Jared Leto gave a shoutout to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell with this heartfelt speech

Source: MTV/YouTube

10. He also wore a glitter cape

11. Here’s Ellen and Chance the Rapper having the craic

Standard VMA stuff.

12. Drake and Josh reunited following their falling out

13. The red carpet was… blue

demiloc Source: @ddlovato

14. Taylor Swift’s friend and producer Jack Antonoff was spotted eating a banana during Katy Perry’s opening monologue

Make of that what you will.

15. And finally, the moment Kesha realises it’s her song playing in the background is adorable

If you can’t see the video, click here.

An eventful night, even by VMA’s high standards of drama.

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