Another year, another MTV Video Music Awards. After a socially-distanced outing in 2020, the VMAs returned in full force at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday (Sept. 12) night for yet another memorable evening of performances, speeches, and of course, Moon People.
The 2021 VMAs were a big night for Olivia Rodrigo, who took home both song of the year and best new artist, while Justin Bieber and Lil Nas X also had good nights, each taking home artist and video of the year, respectively.
But what moments from the evening caught fans’ attention? Was it Lil Nas twerking against a shower floor for his performance of “Industry Baby”? Were they interested in Doja Cat attempting to wiggle her way off stage while dressed as a fashionable worm? Did Normani’s Janet Jackson tribute with Teyana Taylor get Twitter talking?
Below, Billboard rounds up some of the best memes and online reactions from fans, including cinematic parallels between Lil Nas X and SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber serving Kermit the Frog realness and much more.