While the legendarily burned-in-your-memory-forever performances, anxiety-producing winner announcements, and bananas red carpet looks are clearly the biggest parts of the VMAs, there’s one underrated part of MTV’s annual celebration that nearly steals the show every year: the audience reaction shots, a.k.a. one of the greatest reaction GIF resources on this planet or any other.
Remember when Jaden, Willow, and Will Smith gazed on in awe at Lady Gaga’s Aphrodite lady seashell bikini? What about when Rihanna and Katy Perry solidified their A-list bae status with a couple of ritualistic thigh-slaps? Of course you do, because they are everything. Here are the greatest of the greatest VMA reaction GIFs for your right-clicking and saving pleasure, like…
2.) Then there’s the Smith family with their jaws 100 percent dropped, for when you don’t know how to process.
3.) Still, you are nonetheless intrigued like Adele in 2011. Go on.
5.) But STFU!
8.) And Lady Gaga dancing to JT’s 2013 medley, for when they’re PLAYING. YOUR. SONG.
9.) For when they’re not playing your song, cue Rihanna in 2013.
10.) Wait, now I’m way too nervous and excited for the 2014 VMAs. Oh, I’ve got the perfect GIF for that.
11.) Just thinking about all the new VMA reaction GIFs we shall receive…