If this is all you’ve ever seen of comedy duo Key and Peele, we promise they’re funny. Seriously, Google them. (And forget this night ever happened.)
WORST: TOO MANY COOKS HOSTS
How many co-hosts does it take to suck all the fun and humor out of the VMAs? Don’t ask MTV, they’re probably still finding more to add to next year’s show.
BEST: LET'S GETS PHYSICAL
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Side to Side” wasn’t the best, but it scored extra points for temporarily getting the show’s hosts off my screen. (Also, why do I feel like this is just footage from Minaj's actual daily workout?)
WORST: KANYE OR NAY?
Given his history of making VMA moments — interrupting Taylor Swift in 2009, announcing his intention to run for president in 2015, etc. — we expected Kanye West to do more with his highly anticipated four minutes at the microphone than rant about the pressures of being famous. (Even if it is soul-crushingly on brand.)
BEST: PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
Rihanna was one of the most consistent aspects of this year's VMAs, so we appreciate MTV peppering her performances throughout the three-hour ceremony. Much-needed.
How is Ansel Elgort's stage name not DJ Scissorhands?
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BEST: IT'S BRITNEY (AGAIN), BITCH!
We waited seven long years to see Spears back on the VMAs, and while "Make Me" couldn't hold a candle to any of Spears' early '00s performance, it more than made up for 2007's clunky "Gimme More." (Side note: Did Spears really have to follow Beyoncé? That hardly seems fair.)
BEST: USA! USA!
Having Olympians like Michael Phelps presenting at the VMAs did wonders for our Rio withdrawal. (Watching the Final Five — minus Gabby Douglas — geek out over Beyoncé was a personal highlight.)
WORST: SINK OR SWIM
On paper, Jimmy Fallon introducing Video of the Year nominees dressed like Ryan Lochte probably seemed like a good idea. But the audience just wasn’t feeling Fallon’s impression of the disgraced Olympian. (And they definitely weren’t laughing when he said he couldn’t pick his personal favorite video “…even if there was a gun to my head.”)
ACHY DRAKEY HEART
It would have been enough to end the night with Drake presenting the Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna, but the former Degrassi star took it one step further by melting our hearts with lines like, "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old."