The wild and wacky antics of Kanye West and Lady Gaga -- coupled with some touching and soul-searching tributes to Michael Jackson -- were the highlights at the MTV Video Music Awards in NYC.

The Goods:

Kanye West hijacked Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. [Story]
And later, Beyonce graciously gave Taylor her speech back.
Janet rocked some serious 'Scream' to open the show. [Story]
Lady Gaga tried to out-Madonna Madonna with ... blood. [Story]
Gaga jumped the fashion shark with her d-riculous crown of lace [Story]
Pink and Shakira went and wore the same dress. [Story]

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Inside the MTV VMAs
The most heartwarming event of the evening? When Beyonce gave back Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, which was rudely taken from her by Kanye West (in the name of Beyonce, mind you). Check out more VMA pics >>
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    Taylor Swift holds her "Best Female Video" award at the MTV Music Video Awards, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Jay-Z performs during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Taylor Swift holds her "Best Female Video" award at the MTV Music Video Awards, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Jay-Z performs during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Jay-Z performs during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Jay-Z performs during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Beyonce holds her "Video of the Year" award at the MTV Music Video Awards, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Taylor Swift (R) hugs Beyonce after she allowed her to finish her speech, that was cut short by Kanye West, after Beyonce won "Best Video of the Year" during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Taylor Swift;Beyonce

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    Taylor Swift performs on the street outside Radio City Music Hall at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

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    Alicia Keys arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

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