MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

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Following a standing-ovation-worthy performance of her greatest hits at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, 2018 Video Vanguard Award victor Jennifer Lopez returned to the stage to accept her award.

Nicki Minaj rehearses for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which debuted in 1984, is given to an artist for their accomplishments in music and film. I was always a person who was like, 'Why not?' I kinda had to forge my own path and make my own rules. At one point, she left the stage and returned in baggy gold trousers and a Yankee cap to perform "I'm Real" with Ja Rule and the crowd went NUTS.

And onstage at the end of the night, Camila was handed the Moon Person statuette by none other than Madonna - who she chose to dedicate her win to.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish, who was one of the presenters, took the opportunity to take a swipe at the girl group.

"A couple of months ago people were saying, you're gambling your career by having a baby", Cardi B said.

Cardi said she's been blessed with fans "that you can't buy", looking into the camera and shouting an expletive.

In 2014, her former band Fifth Harmony were awarded Artist to Watch for Miss Movin' On.

She described it as a "surreal moment". He also pointed out that Lopez was the first artist to have a No. 1 movie and No. 1 album in the same week.

As for the top nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z were behind Cardi B with eight bids for "Apesh-t", filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris.

Childish Gambino's "This Is America" and The Carters' "APES***" were the most talked-about videos of the previous year, at least if the metric you use involves thinkpieces and social-media chatter.

There was a political moment when Logic was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing T-shirts that read, "We are all human beings", to protest the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S. -Mexico border.

There was one posthumous victor: Avicii, who died in April, won for best dance for "Lonely Together" alongside Rita Ora.

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