2018 Video Music Awards: All the Most Memorable Moments!

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Well, another VMA ceremony is in the books, and while the show no longer has quite the cultural impact it enjoyed in its heyday, it was still the evening's most widely-discussed (and debated) topic on Twitter.

And what were those millions of tweeters talking about?

Well, there were the 2018 VMA winners, of course, but the show has always been more about the performances than the awards.

And as in year's past, the festivities featured plenty of unforgettable moments, including an Aretha Franklin tribute that left some fans scratching their heads.

Jump into the gallery below to relive that awkward affair, along with all the other GIFs, gaffes, and showstoppers from MTV's biggest night:

1. Backstreet's Back

Backstreet's Back
Before the show officially began, the Backstreet Boys wowed the crowd with a red carpet performance of their new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." The band later presented the Song of the Year award.

2. The Hills Are Alive!

The Hills Are Alive!
The cast of the beloved MTV reality show The Hills kept the throwback theme going by reuniting on the red carpet.

3. Rebooted!

MTV took the opportunity to reveal that the show would be rebooted for another season, seemingly in an effort to further alienate the network's core demographic.

4. B for...Baby?

B for...Baby?
Cardi B introduced the first act of the night, but not before fooling the audience into thinking she was breastfeeding on stage (she was actually holding a swaddled-up Moon Man trophy).

5. The Opener

The Opener
Shawn Mendes kicked the show off with a raucous performance of his single "In My Blood." At one point during, a fake rainstorm drenched Mendes ... and we imagine his fans were quite alright with that.

6. Queen

Queen
Nicki Minaj took one of the first big prizes of the night. During her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video, the rapper defended Fifth Harmony in response to jokes from presenter Tiffany Haddish.

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