All the Celebs Who Were Too Cool for the 2016 VMAs

Even more than wearing sheer black dresses on the red carpet, last night there was an overwhelming celebrity VMAs trend we couldn’t help noticing: not going to the VMAs.

With two notable exceptions — Drake and Kim Kardashian — the only major celebs who showed up last night were the ones who were performing: Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kanye, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

Everybody else decided they had “something better to do,” which is just a nice way of saying they decided they’d rather do anything than fly to New York City for MTV’s biggest night of the year.

Here’s what all of those celebrities did instead.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was nominated for three VMAs last night, so obviously he decided to skip the ceremony and perform a rousing rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” at some random ass karaoke bar in LA instead.

Another video of Justin Bieber spotted doing karaoke out in Los Angeles, California earlier. (August 28)

A video posted by Justin Bieber Crew (@jbcrewdotcom) on

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga may have new music coming out, but she decided she’d rather make a surprise guest appearance during a Tame Impala set at FYF Fest than play nice with MTV.

She’s not even playing the festival by herself!!!!!!

She just wanted to work on building up some indie cred!!!

Kylie Jenner

Kylie said on Snapchat that she was sad she wasn’t going to the VMAs this year, without providing an explanation for why she sat this one out, but she did say that she was excited to watch it on TV while eating a tupperware full of pomegranate seeds.



Kendall Jenner

Kendall looks like she tried to go to the VMAs this year, but she couldn’t get a taxi to stop for her.


A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on

Taylor Swift

Believe it or not, Taylor Swift was silent on social media last night.

Although let’s be honest, we already know the real reason why she wasn’t at the VMAs last night.

Gigi Hadid

Maybe it was out of solidarity to Taylor, but Gigi didn’t show up last night. She did plug her new fragrance though.

Selena Gomez

Selena didn’t show up either, which we’re guessing is a decision that’s 50% solidarity to Taylor, 50% trying to avoid being asked questions about Justin Bieber all night long.

Just like Taylor, Selena was also social media silent which means that we can at least pretend that the whole squad got together last night to get drunk and eat pizza, or whatever it is that models eat at times like these.

Miley Cyrus

Last year’s host was curiously nowhere to be seen last night, although she did take the time out of her busy schedule of getting high and painting Liam’s butt to post this throwback photo.

#HappyVMAs #throwback #host

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Chris Brown

JK, who even cares where that fuckboy was last night. He wasn’t at the VMAs, and that’s enough info for us.

Demi Lovato

Demi is currently on tour with Nick Jonas right now, so the fact that she didn’t show but he did is super confusing to us.

Instead, she spent all night posting pictures from her tour and how good her hair looks on it.

#hondacivictour #futurenow

A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on


Adele is on vacation right now and cannot be reached for further comment.

Mariah Carey

Unlike Britney Spears, Mimi did not cancel her Vegas shows to go to the VMAs this weekend.

Last looks before showtime 🎤🎤🎤

A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Guess some diva’s got to stay and hold down the fort while Brit Brit’s away.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry and Rihanna go way back, but for some reason Katy didn’t feel the need to come through for her friend’s big night.

Instead, she got “savage AF” with some dinosaur tattoos.

bout to get savage af

A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

Never grow up, Katy.

J Lo

Curiously enough, J Lo is actually in New York right now, and actually performed at Radio City Music Hall the night before with her ex-husband.

It’s unclear why she didn’t go to the VMAs last night, but it’s probably because she was too busy having fun with that long lost twin we never knew about.

Epic party w my twin @egt239 #loveher

A photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on

Hanging out with family is really exhausting.

We’re not sure about everybody else, but we’ll give J Lo a pass just this once.

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