The 2018 MTV Video Awards are officially a wrap. Held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall Monday night (Aug. 20), the star-studded evening took over both the digital streets and Manhattan’s 6th Avenue.
Known as a night where stars are born and memories made, fans and attendees were locked and loaded from their Twitter accounts, ready to sound-off on the night’s most tweet-worthy moments.
While the night shone dimmer than in years past (says VIBE’s Twitter feed), between J.Lo and Ja Rule taking us back to 2001, Logic’s powerful performance, Travis Scott’s trip to Astroworld and Madonna’s Aretha Franklin “tribute,” viewers flooded the blogs with hot takes, perfect memes, and quality comedy.
Take a look below.
On Logic’s performance of “One Day:”
— Ki (@trippy_kopa) August 21, 2018
— V (@Vertina_) August 21, 2018
— (@DopealiciousJ) August 21, 2018
On DJ Khaled being DJ Khaled:
— Patrice Callender (@patricec) August 21, 2018
— c (@chuuzus) August 21, 2018
On J.Lo and Ja Rule killing the stage:
I hope after seeing this performance y’all are going to put respect on Ms. Jenny from the block. She just served you vocals, dance, AND visuals @ age 49. A LEGEND #VMAs
— Internet Mom (@ashleyippolito) August 21, 2018
Ja Rule back on national television, what a time to be alive
— kam (@nikesonmyTWEET) August 21, 2018
— Desirea (@DesireaTatyana_) August 21, 2018
— a little frank (@_wonderfrankie) August 21, 2018
On Nicki Minaj performing at the Oculus:
If I couldn’t get on the PATH tonight because of FeFe I would have lost it.
— Rory (@thisisrory) August 21, 2018
— Ken (@RIDEBLOODSNGUTS) August 21, 2018
— Shamar ✌ (@Shamar_Bryce) August 21, 2018
You Can’t Teach The Shit Nicki Just Did! Like Her Or Not GIVE PROPS WHEN THEY’RE DUE!
The Production, The Cleanness, The Breath Control, THE ENERGY!
And You Could Understand Heard EVERY Word She Spit!
— Burnell Taylor (@TheeRealBurnell) August 21, 2018
On Travis Scott’s Astroworld medley:
— Government Gypsy (@GovGypsy) August 21, 2018
Nicki is somewhere with an applause-o-meter measuring her applause against Travis Scott’s applause so she can tweet about it in the morning
— Chewella DeTrille (@CaressLepore) August 21, 2018
Travis Scott: Astro world! #1 album in the world
Nicki Minaj: pic.twitter.com/cbZVpMVerw
— Roberto (@PleasesaytheO) August 21, 2018
On Madonna’s controversial Aretha Franklin Tribute:
Madonna walked out in front of that huge backdrop of Aretha and I actually said “streets is done.”!
— brandon / jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) August 21, 2018
I just have been informed that Madonna is a part of the Aretha Franklin tribute. I am going to bed. Gnight! ✌ pic.twitter.com/fdJGtoYvnv
— Amanistabarqa (@YourNeighborJP) August 21, 2018
I’m so lost. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself. HEAVY on the Mayonnaise……
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) August 21, 2018
Madonna ruined the Prince Tribute on the Billboard Awards in 2016.
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018.
I really never want to see her again. Ever. pic.twitter.com/rp6QCql3aR
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 21, 2018
You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna’s broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY.
— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) August 21, 2018
That was such an awkward tribute to Aretha Franklin. I was hoping Madonna would talk a liiiiiiiitle less about herself and more about Aretha but idk lol ♀️♀️
— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) August 21, 2018
MTV VMA producers: “So we HAVE to give tribute to Aretha Franklin, the greatest vocalist of all time!”
White clueless executive: “I know…Let’s get Madonna…She’s from Detroit, right???”
White MTV producers: “Yes!!!! Perfect!”
Lone black producer: “WTF”(in her head)
— Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29) August 21, 2018
Madonna should’ve rejected and MTV should’ve left Aretha’s legacy alone. Period.
— (@hyena_sketchy) August 21, 2018
The #VMAS were okay until the Aretha Franklin “tribute.” That really ticked me off. Total disrespect to a legend! Smh! You don’t talk about yourself when you’re giving a tribute to someone. Do better!!! @MTV @Madonna
— Lauren Corbett (@fashtoriouslac) August 21, 2018
Are we surprised Madonna made the “tribute” about her? MTV didn’t deserve to do a Tribute for Aretha Franklin! The closet they got to playing any of her music in it’s entire being was “A Rose Is Still A Rose”& I still think I may have been watching that solely on BET. #VMAs
— Knee High to a Giraffe (@ConcreteVocals) August 21, 2018
And here we have, Madonna’s biography masquerading as a tribute to Aretha. https://t.co/s5S8hwCY24
— Judgey Johannes (@LocalLadyMedia) August 21, 2018
On the general lack of Beyoncé’s presence:
4 White performers in a row.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) August 21, 2018
— xoNecole (@xonecole) August 21, 2018
— ☄ جاريد (@royalconflict) August 21, 2018