There were no shortage of truly epic audience reaction shots during last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — here’s a supercut of some of the best — though, in the hours following the show, one truly managed to stand out from all the rest: Will Smith, and his kids, Jaden and Willow’s shocked reaction to Miley Cyrus’ twerk-tastic performance
But here’s the thing: Despite what your favorite blog may have told you, it turns out that the Smiths weren’t responding to Miley’s over-the-top antics … they were watching Lady Gaga’s show-opening performance of “Applause.” And it seems they liked what they saw.
In fact, we captured the whole thing on one of our VMA All Access cameras (we have them strategically placed in and around the Barclays Center last night), and, as you can clearly see, Jaden, Willow and dad Will were digging Gaga’s performance. Willow, in particular, goes nuts when “Applause’s” anthemic chorus hits, and, at the end of the song, they all followed the tune’s instructions and clapped loudly for the Mother Monster.
We’re really not sure how the whole Miley rumor started — and that’s not to say there weren’t plenty of folks both inside the Barclays Center and at home who weren’t shocked by her onstage efforts — but this year, we endeavored to bring you everything from the VMAs, and so, here’s unedited footage. Not to debunk your daily dose of drama or anything, but let’s just move on to something else. For example, what did Taylor Swift say during One Direction’s acceptance speech?!?