Green Day Make 2009 VMAs All About Their Fans

Get a peek at what happened before and after their raucous performance of 'East Jesus Nowhere.'

The buzz of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards certainly surrounds Kanye West and Taylor Swift, but the big headlines from the rock world all belong to [artist id="988"]Green Day[/artist], who took home three awards (Best Rock Video, Best Direction and Best Cinematography) for their clip for "21 Guns," and they also delivered a triumphant, raucous performance of "East Jesus Nowhere" (where they welcomed a massive throng of fans onto the stage to rock with them during the tune's finale).

MTV News was tagging along with the band all throughout the evening, including the moments just before they hit the stage for their show-stealing performance. "It's always a little nerve-racking and fun," bass player Mike Dirnt said. "That the fans vote for it — that's the important thing." Dirnt also said that he enjoyed playing around with Jack Black's giant battle ax while frontman Billie Joe Armstrong gave the acceptance speech for Best Rock Video.

After chatting briefly, he hit the stage with his bandmates and made sure to slap hands with some fans before they were given the cue to go live. What followed is what you saw on the broadcast: Green Day storming into "East Jesus Nowhere." As the behind-the-scenes video reveals, drummer Tre Cool was also integral in bringing the fans onto the stage — a stage that was definitely full by the time the band wrapped up the song with Armstrong being held aloft by the throng.

Following the performance, the band was whisked backstage and greeted by people who declared that the band had "nailed it," and perhaps no truer words were spoken all night.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards might have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.