The best and worst of the 2018 VMAs, from the red carpet to the performances

The 2018 VMAs at Radio City Music Hall brought the hottest names in the music industry to New York City for an epic red carpet (complete with a Backstreet Boys performance atop the venue), a flood of notable main-stage performances (Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott) and more.

Red carpet sightings included the Bronx’s Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes, among several others.

The NYC-themed award show was marked by a Cardi B opener, a surprise remote performance by Nicki Minaj and an appearance by presenter Madonna to honor the late Aretha Franklin — all while a neon Statue of Liberty moon person stood tall in the audience.

Here’s a look at red carpet photos, winners, performances and more.