13 Memorable Moments from the 2016 MTV VMAs

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The 2016 MTV VMAs were a bit weird. 

We didn't have a host, for example, and it resulted in a clunky program that felt thrown together. 

There's also a good chance Key & Peele ruined their careers forever with that half-assed opening segment. 

That said, there were a lot of memorable moments during the MTV extravaganza. To wit...

1. Kanye Said WHAT?!?

He referenced Amber Rose. And Taylor Swift. And Ray J! Click above to see what we mean.

2. It's Britney, Bitch!

It's Britney, Bitch!
Britney returned to the VMA stage and it was a delight. She may have been down, but she's finally back. As always, she lip synced her way through her performance, but with such an energetic dance routine, it's kind of obvious why. Who would have thought Britney would ever return to the VMA stage? Not us.

3. Love for Rihanna?

Love for Rihanna?
Drake went all out in his glowing speech about Rihanna when presenting her with an award. "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22-years-old," Drake admitted, before leaning in for a kiss. Rihanna looked super shy and the two of them hugged it out.

4. Ryan Lochte's Apology

Ryan Lochte's Apology
Jimmy Fallon has always been great when he acts like a celebrity. You can only imagine his delight when he got to act as Ryan Lochte. It was full of zingers. Michael Phelps even enjoyed it. His best moment was when he addressed which video was best. “I couldn’t tell you even if there was a gun to my head."

5. Rihanna's Long Ass Show

Rihanna's Long Ass Show
Rihanna fans were treated to four performances from the superstar. Four is a bit much, but they were all very great performances and she didn't stop to cry half way through. Who knew Rihanna would essentially perform her current tour at the VMAs?

6. Ariana & Nicki's Workout

Ariana & Nicki's Workout
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj performed their new song at the VMAs. It was pretty crazy, but did they really need to turn it all into a workout? There is such a thing as too far and these two most definitely went there.

7. The Final 5 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Finalists at VMAs

The Final 5 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Finalists at VMAs
Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian and got to meet most of their celebrity idols during the MTV extravaganza.

8. Beyonce Likes the Heat

Beyonce Likes the Heat
Beyonce's sizzling performance turned heads. It was hands down one of the best of the night. No one can dance and sing quite like Queen Beyonce. The whole world knows it.

9. Alicia's Poem

Alicia's Poem
Alicia continued her no makeup movement sharing a poem about Martin Luther King Jr. and just generally being the Alicia we all know and love.

10. Nick's Bacon

Nick's Bacon
Nick Jonas took to N.Y.C.'s Tick Tock diner to perform and it was a star-studded affair. The performance was not as mature as his recent music videos, but it's one that will be remembered for years to come.

11. Taylor Swift, I Hardly Knew Her

Taylor Swift, I Hardly Knew Her
Calvin Harris won an award for "This Is What You Came For," but he completely forgot to mention Taylor Swift's name in his acceptance speech. She co-wrote it! Awkward.

12. Kanye's Fade Shocks the Masses

Kanye's Fade Shocks the Masses
It wouldn't be the VMAs without some risqué performances. Kanye shocked the world with his latest music video that features Teyana Taylor. She's making like Flashdance here.

13. The Truth About My Face

The Truth About My Face
We finally got to find out what caused Michael Phelps to pull that disgusted look when he was in Rio. “I was in the zone, with Future’s track ‘Stick Talk’ blaring in my headphones,” he said. Crazy. Right?!

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