The 2019 MTV VMAs are over, New Jersey has been glorified on national TV, and Sebastian Maniscalco has gone home to wait for the sunrise on his porch, where he can wait patiently for his chance to yell at more clouds. We had some laughs, we had some tears. Thank all relevant deities, we had Rosalía and Missy Elliott. Let's relive some of the best moments from the night, if only to push back on the (for now unnamed) member of the FADER staff who waited until the end of the show to shout, "That sucked!" In truth it was fine. Some of it, even, was good.
Missy Elliott's poised acceptance speech after being inducted into the Video Vanguard
Megan Thee Stallion tearing up the pre-show
Rosalía showing everyone why she's about to rule the world
Taylor Swift's actually pretty good opening act
Cardi B introducing Missy Elliott and providing some much-needed charm during a lull
Lil Nas X hilariously roasting himself before playing a perfectly fine version of "Panini"
Lizzo's uplifting, booty-filled “Truth Hurts”/”Good As Hell” mash-up
Normani slaying "Motivation"
Miley Cyrus's surprise, understated performance of "Stay Away"