The VMA’s kick off with Lady Gag’s performance and although the level of “Gaganess” was relatively toned down it was a great performance and intro to the show. Following the performance One Direction made their VMA appearance presenting the award for Best Pop Video to none other than Selena Gomez.

The most surprising and frankly awkward performance was yet to come, as Miley Cyrus performed her song ‘We Can’t Stop’ and subsequently sang the chorus for Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, while continuing to twerk her way through 2 Chainz performance, which also featured Kendrick Lamar.

As the Twitterverse exploded with consolation tweets for Miley Cyrus’ performance and “uniqueness,” Iggy Aazalea and “the Queen of Brooklyn” Lil Kim made their way onstage to present the next award. In one of the more star studded nominations, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis took home their first moonman for Best Hip Hop Video – Can’t Hold Us.

However, Kanye West seemed to have finally set the tone with his performance of ‘Blood on the Leaves’. I think this tweet sums it up best:

The VMAs continue live and will feature Best Female Video and much more.