The MTV Video Music Awards returned to where it started in 1984: New York City. Madison Square Garden hosted a show with Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and male dancers in wrestling singlets; more than 15 minutes of Beyoncé; perplexing musings from Kanye; and the return of Britney.
Here's a recap of the show's big moments (a couple, a bit head-scratching), who won what, video vanguard recipient Rihanna and more.
Rihanna opens the VMAs
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform 'Side to Side'
Drake, 'stuck in traffic'
Fifth Harmony wins best collaboration
Alicia Keys' poem
Kanye West's speech
Rihanna, part two
Calvin Harris, with Rihanna, wins best male video
Britney Spears performs 'Make Me Move'
Key & Peele, not being social
Beyoncé breaks through