The stars aligned in Brooklyn last night for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. We’ve all seen the official red carpet photos, but here’s a backstage pass of all the action via candid Instagram pictures from celebs like Justin Timberlake, Kevin Hart, Robin Thicke, T-Boz and more.
T-Boz reunites with Will Smith backstage at the VMAs. She shared that it had been years since she'd seen Smith.
Photo by T-Boz/Instagram
Jennifer Hudson strikes several fierce poses backstage at the VMAs.
Photo by Jennifer Hudson/ Instagram
The man of the night, Justin Timberlake, shared this backstage picture of himself starring in awe at his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Photo by Justin Timberlake/ Instagram
Kevin Hart took a break from turning up to pose for a picture in the elevator at the VMAs. To be clear, he was NOT the host.
Photo by Kevin Hart/ Instagram
“The night is young," wrote Chanel Iman as she hung out with fellow young superstars Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.
Photo by Chanel Iman/ Instagram
How cute are Willow Smith and Ciara backstage at the VMAs?
Photo by Ciara/ Instagram
British songbird Emeli Sande posted this picture of herself from the VMAs saying she’ll never forget her first time at the awards show.
Photo by Emeli Sande/ Instagram
Robin Thicke shared this backstage photo after his provocative performance captioned, “That was dope. Shout out to @MileyCyrus”
Photo by Robin Thicke/ Instagram
Rocsi Diaz and Drake pose at a VMA after party.
Photo by Rocsi Diaz/ Instagram
Tionna Smalls paid tribute to Trayvon Martin on the VMA red carpet by wearing a hooded black dress.
Photo by Tionna Smalls/ Instagram
Lil Duval stops to take pictures with fans on the red carpet. And yes, he called-out the male photo bomber behind them.
Photo by Lil Duval/ Instagram
Rapper Macklemore shared this behind the scenes photo of fellow performers Kanye West and Lady Gaga’s mic packs.
Photo by Macklemore/ Instagram
Fashion lover Pharrell gives followers a close-up of his accessories for the VMAs.
Rihanna shared a pic of her custom VMA pillowcases the night before the big show.