VMAs Backstage: Five Things You Didn’t See

Find out what happened backstage at the 2011 MTV VMAs.

For all the unforgettable moments that occurred onstage during the VMAs on Sunday night, there were just as many equally amazing happenings that went down behind-the-scenes. Thanks to our VIP connections, MTV News had access to everything that happened before, after and during the live broadcast. Therefore, in no particular order, we are proud to present five moments you didn’t get to see:

Gaga’s Gentlemanly Behavior Leaves Celebs Starstruck
As is her M.O., Lady Gaga‘s presence at the VMAs was a highlight in and of itself, and every celeb who encountered her had a wide-eyed story to tell of his/her encounter. Particularly Foo Fighter Dave Grohl’s first introduction to Gaga as her alter ego Jo Calderone .

“I got to meet her for the first time tonight [as Jo Calderone],” Grohl said of meeting Gaga when he went to say hello to Queen guitarist Brian May , who performed with her during the show. “I was like, ‘Brian May, what’s up!’ and she was right next to him and I said, ‘Hi, I’m Dave,’ and she goes ‘I know who the f— you are!’ Yeah, it was rad.”

We spotted Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and more hanging out backstage!

Another Gaga-centric highlight occurred during one of the commercial breaks, when Gaga as the confident ladies’ man Jo Calderone (or Gago, as Twitter users tagged him last night) took a cigarette from behind his ear, lit it and smoothly passed it to Adele.

‘Jersey Shore’ Stars Make Friends Everywhere They Go
As part of the MTV family, the stars of “Jersey Shore” have become welcome additions to any and all of our awards shows. We witnessed the ladies of Seaside Heights — JWoww, Snooki and Deena — palling around with new BFF, none other than “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens. Later on we spotted them crossing paths with Jared Leto, which produced the following exchange: JWoww to Jared Leto: “Wow. I’m a huge fan! ‘The Kill’ is my favorite!” Leto: “Thank you so much!” Snooki, once they had passed the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman: “Aah?” To which Jenni replied, “That was Jared Leto. Don’t you know who Jared Leto is?!”

Tyler, The Creator’s Accidental Stage Dive Sends Him Into Unlikely Arms
Immediately following their win for Best New Artist, the many members of Odd Future and their assorted entourage were trying to shuffle off the circular stage, when suddenly there was a loud noise and everyone in the audience in the right section gasped. It was clear from the commotion that a member from Future had fallen off the stage. When the dust finally settled, we saw two unexpected heroes holding frontman Tyler, the Creator up: Kanye West and Kid Cudi .

Go behind-the-scenes with Wiz Khalifa, Kreayshawn and more at the VMA Pre-Show!

“It was really hard, but [the tears] came out when I fell offstage into Kanye’s arms,” Tyler half-joked as he processed the emotions surrounding his win and his almost fall.

Jay Z And Beyoncé Celebrate Baby News
Arguably the newsiest moment of the evening occurred when Beyoncé announced that she was pregnant , with a not-so-subtle rubbing of her belly at the end of her performance. Immediately following the big moment, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were enveloped backstage by ecstatic well-wishers including Kanye West, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. One of the sweeter of those moments was when Jay stepped outside Beyoncé‘s dressing room, to allow her some time with her female friends to gush and squeal over the news. The proud and sweet smile on his face when he did so made for our favorite VMA warm fuzzy moment.

BONUS: VMA Recap With MTV News’ Jim Cantiello
MTV News correspondent Jim Cantiello does many things well, but his 60-second recaps of important events in pop culture are a must-watch. Check out Cantiello’s super-speedy recap that includes analysis of Gaga as Calderone, what gets a hard-to-impress Justin Bieber to applaud VMA performers and Beyoncé’s big announcement.

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards have wrapped, but the real action is just getting started! Stick with MTV News for winners, fashion pics, video and behind-the-scenes stories about everything that went down. Visit VMA.MTV.com for the latest.