The best photos are the ones you didn’t see on the VMA red carpet

So much amazing stuff happened at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. Rihanna received the Vanguard Award, Beyoncé slayed the red carpet with Blue Ivy (even though little Blue didn’t want to be there!) and Rihanna and Drake almost kissed.

But there was so much morethat you didn’t see—and it’s all the best stuff! Check out some of the behind-the-scenes action…

Blue Ivy was happy to be there at one point.

Queen Bey was looking fly long before showtime.

Olympian Michael Phelps and his gorgeous fiancée, Nicole Johnson, partied with Kim and Kanye.

Drake met Rihanna’s grandfather.


Further fueling those engagement rumors!

And Rihanna chopped it up with Naomi Campbell backstage before accepting her Vanguard Award.


You need to see Campbell’s incredible glittering lipstick.

Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beats, gave us major #relationshipgoals.

And Swizz shared this *epic* behind-the-scenes moment.

Puff Daddy took a powerful photo with Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson,  the mothers of slain African-American men Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III.

As did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.


The women were guests of Beyoncé.

Kim, of course, was snapping the night away, taking selfies with members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, and star of the Final Five, Simone Biles.



Britney Spears was pure loveliness backstage before her performance.

And was having fun with Kim K.

Ariana Grande made a new friend (!!)

And in the end, Rihanna (tried to) give Drake the kiss we all hoped for (even if it was painfully awkward!)

What a night, friends. What. A. Night.

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