Taylor Swift started the show off with her jab-filled video for "Look What You Made Me Do," but she wasn't the only artist feeling a little sassy.
Check out our roundup of the shadiest moments below.
Fifth Harmony won their first new award as a foursome at the awards show -- and made it clear that they're just fine without Camila Cabello. In fact, the group seemed to throw shade at their former bandmate during a performance of their new songs "Angel" and "Down" -- knocking a fifth woman off the stage at the start of their performance.
The world may be over Remy Ma's feud with Nicki Minaj, but the rapper just won't let it end, taking the opportunity to call out Minaj during the VMA pre-show.
"Nicki, what's good?" she asked with a smile, referencing Minaj's 2015 dig at Miley Cyrus after the former Disney star's comments about how rappers handle getting snubbed from the VMAs' Video of the Year category.
Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo, couldn't stop calling out the show for everything from Katy Perry's "cringe worthy" script to other artist's performances, while watching the show from home.
"Whoever wrote Katy Perry's script for the #VMAs , I just want to let you know it's next level cringe worthy ? #makeitstop," Prinsloo tweeted, before her husband added his own criticisms of the evening.
It's always exciting to see how utterly horrible the VMAs will be. They really delivered so far this year. #HOLYFUCK
"Ed Sheeran's Friends: Dead" Perry said while pretending to catch the audience up on the season finale of Game of Thrones. Many viewers thought she was referencing Swift's declaration that "the old Taylor is dead," but she might have just been referencing Sheeran's performance with Lil Uzi Vert at the top of the show.