Sheeran kicked things off with a fiery performance of his No. 1 hit single "Shape of You," ditching his trusty looper pedal for a full band and a barrage of flames. (Between Kendrick Lamar setting the stage on fire and Sheeran's flame cannons, this year's pyrotechnics budget is lit — get it?).
Uzi, making his VMAs debut, then joined Sheeran onstage, where the Philadelphia rapper added his signature flair to the end of "Shape of You" before the unlikely duo launched into the Uzi's "XO TOUR Llif3," which won the VMA for Song of Summer during the pre-show.
Sheeran, with his guitar in hand, gave Uzi an assist on the darkly melodic hook — and you know what? They sounded pretty great together. Maybe we can expect a future collab?
Uzi seems down.