The 40th anniversary of MTV's Video Music Awards was Sunday night, and although critics and social media users were vocal about the lack of memorable red carpet outfits, we enjoyed the performances that brought the award show back to life. From lovely looks like Tinashe and Halle Bailey to heartwarming performances by Kacey Musgraves and Alicia Keys, we've shared a recap of six of the best moments from last night's show for those who were unable to watch it.
Chlöe’s debut performance
“Lord, have mercy,” is exactly the response to Chlöe’s electrifying debut performance of “Have Mercy.” The single and music video, which were released only two days prior to the award show, mimic the four minute performance. The 23-year-old star literally set the stage on fire and did not disappoint fans, especially her younger sister Halle Bailey. Halle tweeted, “UH HUH YUP THAT’S RIGHT !!!! #HAVEMERCY is the one!!!! @ChloeBailey we are so proud of you sister!!!!”
Normani and Teyana Taylor
As if Normani’s red carpet look wasn’t sultry enough, her Y2K-inspired performance of “Wild Side” featured a surprise cameo by Teyana Taylor. The model was brought out in a similar fashion that paralleled Janet Jackson's live performance of "Would You Mind" during her 2001-2002 All For You tour. Fans overjoyed Normani’s attention to detail with the homage to Jackson, Aaliyah sample and TLC-esque outfit.
Lil Nas X winning Video of the Year
Donning a drum major costume, Lil Nas X performed his collaboration with Jack Harlow, which led into a brief performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)." Following his steamy performance, Lil Nas X took home the Video of the Year award for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” "First I wanna say thank you to the gay agenda," he shouted during his acceptance speech. "Let's go gay agenda!"
Alicia Keys’ tribute
In honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Alicia Keys performed “Empire State of Mind,” her hit collaboration with Jay-Z. She also performed her collaboration “Lala” with rapper Swae Lee as their blue-clad dancers surrounded them as the Manhattan skyline shined in the background.
Doja Cat hosting and her eclectic outfits
Yes, she wore a chair, and yes she pulled it off! The “Streets” singer started the evening by sporting an outfit by Vivienne Westwood on the red carpet. As the night progressed, Doja wore a pair of AVAVAV claw shoes and a colorful outfit that made her resemble a worm. Besides her fun taste in fashion, Doja Cat’s aerial performance of “Been Like This” and “You Right” stole the show.
Ashanti and Ja Rule’s reunion
To present Best Collaboration to Doja Cat and SZA, nostalgic icons Ashanti and Ja Rule graced the stage as millennials and fans began to share their adoration for the duo. Their all-black attire onstage was lovely and proved that we’ll never get tired of seeing the “Mesmerize” singers.