Music’s Big Night

MTV VMAs 2011: Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber (Photos)

Lady Gaga dresses in drag, Beyoncé debuts her baby bump, and more highlights from MTV’s Video Music Awards.

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Lady Gaga dresses in drag, Beyoncé debuts her baby bump, and Britney Spears wins big. See pictures of the best of MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Plus, watch video of the 11 best VMA moments, from Gaga’s drag show to Beyoncé’s baby bump.

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Beyoncé debuted a surprise baby bump on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards in a bright-red one-shouldered Lanvin gown. As soon as she appeared, showing off her stomach, Twitter exploded with the trending topic: “BEYONCE IS PREGNANT.”

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Lady Gaga

Before the awards started, Twitter was abuzz with speculation over what Lady Gaga would wear. #WhatWillGagaWear became a trending topic on Twitter. And by the start of the show, the question was answered: Gaga appeared in full drag—in black Brooks Brothers pants, white T shirt, and a slicked-back wig—to open the show with her single “You & I.”    

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears, who won the first award of the night for Best Pop Video for her song “Till The World Ends,” tearfully thanked her husband and children at the podium.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry, who appeared in a Geisha-inspired dress with a parasol, took home the Moonman for Best Collaboration for her song “Extraterrestrial” with Kanye West.

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Adele, who performed during the awards, arrived in a short black cocktail dress.

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Kim Kardashian

It was a far-cry from her Vera Wang bridal gown, but the newly married Kim Kardashian glittered on the red carpet in a slinky silver dress. She presented the award for best male video.

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Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes was a surprising arrival at the show—but she stood out in a short print dress and yellow boots.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, who took home the award for best hip-hop video for “Super Bass,” wore an architectural dress that seems to give Lady Gaga’s dress a run for its money.

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber, who took home the award for best male video, was all over his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, at the awards. “Not only to God, but to Jesus.”

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus looked all grown up in a slinky leopard-print dress.

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Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana wore a short black fringe dress and heels by Barbara Bui.

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Jersey Girls

Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Jenni “JWoWW” Farley, and Deena Nicole Cortese brought deep tans—and short hemlines—to the award show. 

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Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill, who presented an award with Nicki Minaj during the show, made a joke of his recent dramatic weight loss.

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Kanye West and Jay-Z

Jay-Z and Kanye West stormed the stage to perform “Otis,” the first single off their hit album Watch the Throne. But they were just as much fans as they were entertainers at the VMAs. When Beyoncé performed later in the show, she threw open her blazer to officially reveal her baby bump—and Kanye and Jay-Z were in the front row to celebrate.