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Miley Cyrus debuted a new tattoo during her performance.

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  • This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, but one award presenter, Adriana Lima, got the state wrong.
  • Miley Cyrus debuted a new tattoo and changed a song lyric during her performance.
  • John Travolta almost handed his award to a drag queen who was dressed like Taylor Swift instead of the actual “Lover” singer.
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One of music’s biggest nights of the year happened on Monday at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Between the truly memorable performances and the wild outfits some of the celebrities in attendance were wearing, it was easy to miss some of the little moments that happened in the audience, on stage, and behind the scenes.

Here are 13 details from this year’s VMAs you might have missed.

Missy Elliott had former Disney star Alyson Stoner dance on stage during her performance.

Alyson Stoner was once a Disney-channel star.

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Missy Elliott’s medley was easily one of the greatest VMA moments of all time and what made it even better was her attention to details.

Fans were thrilled to notice that former Disney star Alyson Stoner took the stage as one of the dancers and totally killed it, just like she did years ago when she was the kid featured in Missy Elliott’s video for “Work It.”

John Travolta almost gave Taylor Swift’s award to the wrong person.

John Travolta and Jade Jolie, not Taylor Swift.


After joking about when he mistakenly called singer Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem” a few years back, John Travolta seemed to have another slight mishap.

This time, the actor was presenting an award to Taylor Swift, but instead of giving the “Lover” singer her Moon Man, he tried handing it to drag queen Jade Jolie, who was dressed as Swift.

Miley Cyrus had a new tattoo and it might have to do with her recent split from Liam Hemsworth.

Miley Cyrus’ new tattoo is song lyrics.

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Cyrus also subtly changed the lyrics of “Slide Away.”

The lyric swap made some think she was referring to Liam Hemsworth.

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Her new tattoo wasn’t the only thing that reminded fans of Cyrus’ split with Hemsworth. She also subtly changed up the lyrics of “Slide Away” during her performance.

Instead of singing the original lyrics, “You’re right, we’re grown now,” she sang, “You’re right, I’m grown now.” Some felt this could be a reference to her recent split from Hemsworth.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner cheered for Swift.

Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift used to date.


It seems like there’s no longer bad blood between this pair of exes. When Swift won one of her awards, the audience cam captured a sweet shot of Joe Jonas (and his wife Sophie Turner) cheering hard for the pop star.

Swift and Jonas dated for a few months in 2008 — and in the past, she’s called him out, saying he broke up with her via a phone call.

Adriana Lima apparently thought she was in New York.

The VMAs took place in Newark, New Jersey, this year.

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When supermodel Adriana Lima came on stage to present with Victor Cruz, she got confused about where she was and yelled, “What’s up, New York!” The award ceremony took place in Newark, New Jersey.

Halsey wore a rainbow part in her hair.

The singer had a few outfit changes throughout the night.

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Everyone noticed Halsey’s colorful outfits and they were so eye-catching that it was almost easy to miss her vibrant, yet subtle hairstyle. The singer dyed her roots into a little rainbow, which was a unique touch.

Queen Latifah arrived for her performance on a motorcycle.

She put on a coat right after.


For the show’s final performance, Queen Latifah rolled up in style and, in a quick clip, she made an entrance on a red motorbike.

She expertly maneuvered it to the stage before hopping off, sliding on a coat, and beginning her set.

Two stars walked the red carpet wearing snakes.

H.E.R. and Tana Mongeau

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YouTuber Tana Mongeau and musician H.E.R. both channeled Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U” performance from the 2001 VMAs by pairing their outfits with a live snake.

Gigi Hadid danced to Taylor Swift and raised a glass for her.

Gigi Hadid raised her glass as Swift played “Lover.”


Stars were yelling for Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello to kiss during their performance.

The two stars didn’t kiss, much to the audience’s dismay.


Taylor Swift raised her glass during Lil Nas X’s performance.

Lil Nas X was performing “Panini.”


Swift had a great time on stage and in the audience, as evidenced by her enthusiastic dancing. The star was spotted swaying and raising a glass during Lil Nas X’s performance of “Panini.”

Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor, a drag queen who was performing with Swift, seemingly paid homage to Lady Gaga during the opening performance.

Taylor Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” also features drag queens wearing celeb-inspired looks.

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MTV VMAs 2019

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