VH1's "Big in 2015" special honored some of the year's most talented, hilarious, and badass bitches and beaus on the pop culture block, and when you have that many game changers gathered under one roof, it's bound to be a partayyy.
Sure enough, the Class of 2015 was in true, awesome form when collecting their big crown prizes throughout the show, which aired on Monday (Dec. 7), and a lot of feels were felt.
These nine moments in particular had us doing the head-tilt-awww maneuver so hard we got a neckache.
Cookie Lyon in the house
T.I. dared to ask for a moment of Cookie Lyon first thing, and Taraji P. Henson more than delivered. After all, this is Cookie F. Lyon* here, and we're sure you can guess what the F stands for*.
*Totally made that up just now. Don't mind us.
Nicki Minaj’s girl power and baeVh1
Queen Latifah gave Nicki Minaj the ultimate props by comparing her to some of hip-hop's greatest, and in turn, Nick saluted the Queen with her own slew of praises.
More importantly, though, Nicki gave a big shout to all the ladies in the room (and the world), saying, "I’ve never met a woman that I couldn’t relate to ever. I hope that if I inspire women to do anything, it’s just to never take no for an answer. No matter what field you’re in, go after your biggest dream. Do not settle. Do not allow people to tell you that you can’t do anything you put your mind to."
And in her third act of amazeeee, Nicks also gave some love to her "baby" Meek Mill, who was seated beside her during the speech. CUTE.
Taraji P. Henson's mom power
Presenting Taraji with her award was "Grey's Anatomy" star Debbie Allen, with whom TPH has a long history. Turns out, they're both alums of Howard University ("HU, you know!"), and once upon a time, Taraji was worried about finishing school because she'd become pregnant with her son during college.
But just like the Avery family on "Grey's," IRL Allen and her family also give an annual award at the school, which Taraji ended up winning to help her to finish school. That's a pretty BFD.
Also sweet? That moment when Taraji schooled us all on how "Empire" is helping to take TV out of the safe zone. "We need to use art to make people think. Art is to shake it up. To make you think, to ruffle your feathers. It’s not safe. And I’m proud of what we’re doing at ‘Empire.’ I’m proud we’re making people think. I’m proud we’re pissing some people off -- good. We’re doing our job."
Amber Rose gives awks speech
We know Amy Schumer was in on it and all, but it was still a pretty cringe-worthy moment when Amber Rose started razzing Amy Schumer about being black-out drunk and letting random men touch her on the subway.
Oh, and Amy Schumer hugs everyone
What started as a quick squeeze for her obviously embarrassed AF sister turned into a hugfest for her whole team and even a shout out to Mother Nature herself. When's our turn, Amy?
Elizabeth Banks and Miss Piggy, sittin' in a tree ...
Aubrey + Aziz = Missing AmyVh1
We were freaking out when Aubrey Plaza (aka April Ludgate) was sitting in Aziz Ansari (aka Tom Haverford)'s lap because it brought on so many "Parks and Rec" feels --- although April and Andy 4ever, obvi -- but the moment was made even more adorable when Aubs gave a nod to her fearless leader, Amy Poehler.
Ice Cube giving pop propsVh1
Getting praised by the real person you played in a movie is WOW enough, but when it's your dad? Extra YES.
Such was the case with Ice Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson Jr. who played the up-and-coming version of himself in the hit "Straight Outta Compton." He also had some mad love for co-stars Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, who played his friends Dr. Dre and Eazy-E back in the day too.
"Every father hopes that his kid sees and understands where they come from, and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ did that for my family. This talented cast showed the modern day audience how a group of disenfranchised youth could shine a light on everyday injustice that has been ignored and spark change to the heart. It’s a message that was powerful then, and it’s powerful today."
O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s theatrical truthbombs
The goosebumps really started to raise up when O'Shea shared his view on the meaning of "SOC" to the film community.
"We are part of a movie that has the potential to be nominated for an Academy Award. And that’s beautiful. It’s beautiful, but the most beautiful part about that to me at least is that we didn’t have to have shackles on our feet," he explained.
O'Shea admitted that films like "12 Years a Slave," 2014's Oscar-winning Best Picture, are "powerful" and "need to be seen," but he thinks that the box office and critical victory of "Compton" proves that a showcase of "stories of triumph" can also hit the mark now.