By that time hundreds of basketball balloons came flying down from the ceiling.
“Why is Katy Perry hosting when Ellen DeGeneres is literally two feet away from the stage”, tweeted an internet user.
From an awkward arrival on stage to fumbling jokes, nothing seemed right on the most important night in the music industry, the MTV Video Music Awards.
Perry took the stage atop a enormous basketball, as dancers dressed as…um…basketball monks of some kind took the stage with hoop nets draped over their faces.
Nicki showed up dressed amazingly, and she appeared on a rotating stage which was Kay’s basketball.
The super host crushed it as the evening’s emcee, where she had countless outfit changes and hilarious skits.
But Katy had something in her back pocket: “My baby knows the lyrics to ‘Despacito, ‘ unlike some other babies I know”, she announced to the crowd.