You Missed Quite A Lot from Backstage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

The on-stage stuff from awards shows is so stiff and buttoned-up, so kick off your shoes and join us backstage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards instead.

We begin our journey with Kim Kardashian who, like Zac Efron, achieved her dream of sharing a photo with the superhero that is Simone Biles (points for trying, “Wonder Woman” Farrah Abraham).

selfie with Kim ✔️😍 just as beautiful in person

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Then, sometime between bringing the entire audience to its knees via performance, breaking records, and documenting her world domination on Instagram, Beyoncé found the time to scare the bejesus out of Chance the Rapper during an interview.

Later, she deemed us worthy of more exclusive photos from her aforementioned Lemonade performance with a gallery on her website that further emphasizes her command over all things as they relate to feminine power and artistry.


Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas were caught in the middle of what appears to be a thirst transfusion.

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And Marc Jacobs and Dennis Leupold captured video of your faves in their natural (read: florescent-lit) habitat in two space themed portrait booths that yielded results such as these:

Tracee Ellis Ross as all of us when we get ready for bed:

@traceeellisross in the @marcjacobs x @dennisleupold Hive | #VMAs

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Jaden Smith as all of us dealing with mosquitos when you’re just trying to make s’mores:

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And Heidi Klum as all of us trying to dance with our more rhythmically-inclined friend at the bar:

@heidiklum + @nickcannon in the @marcjacobs x @dennisleupold Hive | #VMAs

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Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view more celebrity Instagram photos from the 2016 MTV VMAs.