2018 VMAs Space Out with the Stars ... Behind the Scenes

8/20/2018 7:05 PM PDT

MTV's 2018 VMAs Were Pretty Spacey Behind the Scenes

The 2018 VMAs were out of this world, and you can tell by just how damn happy everyone was behind the scenes. 

Radio City Music Hall was lit up with A-listers Monday night during MTV's signature award show, and based on what we're seeing here ... it was kinda the Cardi B/Ariana Grande/Jennifer Lopez show heading inside. They definitely took up a lot of the spotlight. 

Cardi was radiating in her purple gown just over a month after giving birth, and AG was showing plenty of PDA with her fiance, Pete Davidson. As for J Lo ... well, she was just being J Lo with A-Rod. 'Nuff said.

Some honorable mentions who looked stoked to be there ... Blake Lively, Blac ChynaTiffany HaddishAmber Rose, Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino ... and plenty more.