The VMAs packed in a lot in this year: There was that epic Missy Elliott performance, a reminder that Normani is a gift to humankind, a Lizzo-in-red moment, a Taylor Swift opening, and a duet with Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes that had the crowd screaming. For a second, it seemed like they were going to share their first, non-paparazzi kiss in public, but they ultimately decided against it—leaving people like Swift, among others, with their mouths hanging wide open.
When Cabello and Mendes leaned in for a kiss during their performance, celebs lost their minds in unison. Bebe Rexha was caught on camera shouting, “kiss, kiss, kiss!” Sophie Turner and the Jonas Brothers all held their hands up and screamed in anticipation. Swift , who is a close friend of Cabello’s, held a hand to her mouth, gasping at the the build-up and appeared to murmur, “Oh, shit.” (Head over to the MTV VMAs official Twitter page to see more videos like this.)
Taylor Swift had been watching the whole Cabello-Mendes scene go down with her friends and collaborators Todrick Hall and Dexter Mayfield, who worked on the video for “You Need to Calm Down.” When the video won awards for Video of the Year” and “Video for Good,” Swift brought Hall, Mayfield, and several of the drag queens who performed in the video onstage with her. Swift reportedly refused to perform on the award show unless MTV gave all of the drag queens awards, too. Hall and Mayfield also did some gasping during the “Señorita” showcase.
But Cabello and Mendes didn’t give in. They ended up hugging and walking offstage together, leaving everyone hanging in anticipation. It sounds like most people, particularly Joe Jonas, aren’t going to forget that they wanted to see a kiss. He shared a video of his reaction and wrote in the caption, “#VMAs are over, but we’re still waiting for that kiss tho 👀 @camila_cabello @shawnmendes.”