She nailed it during "Love Don't Cost a Thing", and in a surprise that left Twitter #shook, also brought out famous collaborators like DJ Khaled.
"I can't believe this is for me", Cabello said Monday onstage.
The Hills had everything we ever wanted from a peak 2000s TV show including questionable outfit choices we were all obsessed with back in the day, a catchy opening credit, and a blatant confusion around whether the show was actually real or scripted.
During her acceptance speech, Lopez acknowledged just how much MTV meant to her. "She talked about an audition, very early in her career, in which she sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" - a song Franklin popularized but didn't write - and, was pleased to report, did very well for herself.
"I wanna thank my family who inspired this music video", she said. "So, it's been kind of put on hold, but I would love to do it".
"None of this would have happened without our lady of soul", she said.
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Her music is legendary. "The world has less soul today than it has for the last 76 years". "Rest In Peace to the Queen of Soul ". She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. "I have nothing but praise for Aretha ", he said.
Of course, the VMAs have always been about "moments" as much as awards themselves, and, as was the case a year ago, these didn't offer a flashpoint like Miley Cyrus twerking or Kanye West barging into a Taylor Swift speech with the immortal words, "I'ma let you finish".
We hear that Lopez's beau Alex Rodriguez will join her for her big night.
Sources connected to the production tell us Cardi will in fact open the VMAs Monday as has been announced, but she won't be rockin' the mic for MTV.
Minaj won the first televised award - best hip hop - and checked comedian Tiffany Haddish for dissing girl group Fifth Harmony, now on hiatus.
She described it as a "surreal moment". "Anybody who knows me knows that and you guys have won me over forever".