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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.

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello accepts the artist of the year
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Camila Cabello accepts the artist of the year award from Madonna during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Madonna

Madonna speaks at the 2018 MTV Video Music
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Madonna speaks at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Madonna

Madonna presents the award for video of the
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Madonna presents the award for video of the year at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled

Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and DJ Khaled accept
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Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and DJ Khaled accept the award for best collaboration onstage during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande performs
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Ariana Grande performs "God Is a Woman" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Panic! at the Disco

Brendon Urie performs with Panic! at the Disco
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Brendon Urie performs with Panic! at the Disco during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the MTV Video
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Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez performs in front of a 6
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Jennifer Lopez performs in front of a 6 train set during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys present the award for song
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The Backstreet Boys present the award for song of the year during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled

Cardi B, left, Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled
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Cardi B, left, Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled accept the award for Best Collaboration at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jennifer Lopez

See photos of the 2018 MTV Video Music
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Aerosmith and Post Malone

Aerosmith and Post Malone perform onstage during the
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Aerosmith and Post Malone perform onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively introduce the Radio
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Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively introduce the Radio City Rockettes during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Travis Scott

Travis Scott performs during the 2018 MTV Video
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Travis Scott performs during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez accepts the MTV Michael Jackson Video
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Jennifer Lopez accepts the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Ryan Tedder and Logic

Ryan Tedder and Logic perform at the 2018
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Ryan Tedder and Logic perform at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart present Nicki Minaj
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Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart present Nicki Minaj with the award for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the MTV
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Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the MTV Video Music Awards.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner attends the 2018 MTV Video Music
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Kylie Jenner attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Pratt

Spencer and Heidi Pratt attend the MTV Video
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Spencer and Heidi Pratt attend the MTV Video Music Awards carpet with their son, Gunner.

Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish attends the 2018 MTV Video Music
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Tiffany Haddish attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend at the
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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Ashanti

Ashanti attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Ashanti attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

DJ Khaled

Nicole Tuck, DJ Khaled and Asahd Tuck Khaled
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Nicole Tuck, DJ Khaled and Asahd Tuck Khaled at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cardi B

Cardi B attends the 2018 MTV Video Music
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Cardi B attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Shawn Mendes

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 MTV
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Canadian singer Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha attends the MTV Video Music Awards
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Bebe Rexha attends the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet.

Pauly D

TV personality Pauly D attends the 2018 MTV
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TV personality Pauly D attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

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