The 2019 MTV VMAs took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Monday, and it was certainly a star-studded event.
Taylor Swift opened up the show with epic performances of "You Need to Calm Down" and "Lover." However, she wasn't the only one to take the stage. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello also sang their steamy hit "Señorita," and Miley Cyrus belted out her raw breakup ballad "Slide Away." In addition, Missy Elliott made fans lose control with her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award medley, and the Jonas Brothers went all out for their "Sucker" performance. Lizzo, Normani, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Rosalia and more artists rocked the crowd, as well.
Of course, there were also plenty of celebrity presenters—including Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Jonathan Van Ness and Lenny Kravitz—as well as the honorees. Swift took home the trophy for Video of the Year, and Cardi B won Best Hip Hop. In addition, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas won the Moon Person for Best Pop, and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won Song of the Year.
Still, there were famous faces missing from the crowd. To see a few of the stars who were M.I.A. (and why), read on below: