The 2019 MTV VMAs were jam-packed with stellar performers including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Rosalia, and many more. Even better than all of these live performances, perhaps? The Internet memes riffing on all these on-stage moments. The moment—no, second—these artists walked off the stage, the clever Twitter reactions began pouring in right away, and the viral tweets from around the globe did not disappoint.
Many viewers took to social media to express their first reactions to tonight’s live songs. Many were simply not okay after Missy Elliott’s amazing performance (the rapper earned the Vanguard trophy this year), especially when she brought out dancer Alyson Stoner on stage, who originally starred in her “Work It” video. Others picked up on candid moments from the celebrities in the crowd and amplified them, such as the moment Swift seemed to be in disbelief over winning her award for Video of the Year. Other standout memes? Getting Oprah-level emotional after Lizzo’s empowering performance, Sophie Turner refusing to sit down after Miley Cyrus’s performance, and many more.
Below, see the best 2019 VMAs memes.