Taylor Swift wins big, *NSYNC reunites, Ice Spice takes best new artist

8m ago / 11:43 PM EDT

OK that gave me new life

I have spent the last hour complaining about being tired but I just danced in my little office chair like an idiot and sang “Mama Said Knock You Out” with all my heart.

Nothing like LL Cool J to bring the energy, honestly.

10m ago / 11:42 PM EDT

VMAs celebrates 50 years of hip-hop

The commemoration of hip-hop’s fiftieth anniversary has seen much fanfare with museum exhibits dedicated to archiving the fashion and iconography of the genre in addition to sprawling magazine packages paying tribute to legendary musicians and forgotten innovators alike.

The celebration continued today with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five performing “The Message.” Other rap royalty who hit the stage included DMC, Doug E. Fresh, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.

Minaj rapped fan favorite “Itty Bitty Piggy,” which the audience had no trouble filling in the lyrics for when she turned the mic to them. Chills!

18m ago / 11:34 PM EDT

It’s officially past my bedtime

My iPhone just hit me with a bedtime reminder at 11:29 p.m. ET, meaning I have officially passed my bedtime.

This isn’t that different than watching the VMAs 20 years ago I suppose.

5m ago / 11:46 PM EDT

Ice Spice wins best new artist

“I just want to thank my munchkins,” Ice Spice said in her acceptance speech, also thanking her producer and label.

Ice Spice accepts the award for Best New Artist during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday.Theo Wargo / . for MTV

Far from a one-hit wonder, she has achieved meteoric success since the release of her viral 2022 hit “Munch.” The Bronx native known for her signature ginger curls and catchy ad-libs (“Like?”) collabed with Taylor Swift this year and snagged a coveted invitation to the 2023 Met Gala. She in ha mood!

19m ago / 11:32 PM EDT

The show’s just getting started in L.A.

It’s 8:15 p.m. in Los Angeles, and West Coast viewers are just getting their first taste of tonight’s never-ending show. Looks like MTV is intent on keeping everyone watching till midnight.

18m ago / 11:33 PM EDT

‘Taylor Swift directed by Taylor Swift’ wins

Swift is now tied for the most best direction awards in VMAs history, winning the award for her hit single “Anti-Hero.”

Taylor Swift accepts the best pop award for “Anti-Hero” at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday.Mike Coppola / . for MTV

She won the award last year for “All Too Well: The Short Film” and once more in 2020 for “The Man.” It’s gotta feel good for Swift, who recently said she aspires to direct a feature film one day.

It was Swift’s third win tonight.

18m ago / 11:33 PM EDT

Remember when we thought the show was supposed to end by now …

36m ago / 11:16 PM EDT

Taylor Swift is just here to have fun

My favorite part of an awards night is when “drunk Taylor” starts to trend on X, the site formerly known as Twitter.

Now listen, we don’t know what she was drinking.

But what’s clear to us Swifties is she’s just a girl in her 30s having a great night with friends — and her fans are loving it. The official Taylor Nation account retweeted a video of her struggling to get a drink out of her cupholder earlier with the caption “she’s swift af boi.”

Clips and screenshots of her dancing and cheering on her peers made the rounds online as fans celebrated her joy.

17m ago / 11:34 PM EDT

Fall Out Boy performs ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’

Alternative rock legends Fall Out Boy are onstage performing their updated version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in unusually boxy fits. The song blasts some of the most iconic moments of the last 30 years.

The 20-plus-year veterans are back on stage for the first time since 2007, when we all remember bassist Pete Wentz in his guyliner and tight jeans.

The emos (including me) can’t handle it.

17m ago / 11:35 PM EDT

Karol G and Shakira win best collaboration

After a big night for both artists, Karol G and Shakira snagged a Moon Man for their song “TQG.”

Shakira and Karol G accept the best collaboration award at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday.Theo Wargo / . for MTV

This is Karol G’s first VMAs. She got the crowd on their feet earlier in the night with her performance of “Tá OK” and “OKI DOKI.”

Earlier, Shakira was honored with the Video Vanguard Award.