Celeb Cam: Candid Shots from the 2013 VMAs

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.

Syliva Obell Aug, 26, 2013

1 of 14 T-Boz/Instagram

T-Boz reunites with Will Smith backstage at the VMAs. She shared that it had been years since she'd seen Smith.

2 of 14 Jennifer Hudson/ Instagram

Jennifer Hudson strikes several fierce poses backstage at the VMAs.

3 of 14 Justin Timberlake/ Instagram

The man of the night, Justin Timberlake, shared this backstage picture of himself starring in awe at his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

4 of 14 Kevin Hart/ 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.

5 of 14 Chanel Iman/ Instagram

“The night is young," wrote Chanel Iman as she hung out with fellow young superstars Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.

6 of 14 Ciara/ Instagram

How cute are Willow Smith and Ciara backstage at the VMAs?

7 of 14 Emeli Sande/ 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.

8 of 14 Robin Thicke/ Instagram

Robin Thicke shared this backstage photo after his provocative performance captioned, “That was dope. Shout out to @MileyCyrus”

9 of 14 Rocsi Diaz/ Instagram

Rocsi Diaz and Drake pose at a VMA after party.

10 of 14 Tionna Smalls/ Instagram

Tionna Smalls paid tribute to Trayvon Martin on the VMA red carpet by wearing a hooded black dress.

11 of 14 Lil Duval/ Instagram

Lil Duval stops to take pictures with fans on the red carpet. And yes, he called-out the male photo bomber behind them.

12 of 14 Macklemore/ Instagram

Rapper Macklemore shared this behind the scenes photo of fellow performers Kanye West and Lady Gaga’s mic packs.

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Fashion lover Pharrell gives followers a close-up of his accessories for the VMAs.

14 of 14 Rihanna/ Instagram

Rihanna shared a pic of her custom VMA pillowcases the night before the big show.