Instead, the entire internet seems to be tuning into MTV for Lopez, and Lopez only.
But the trophies were mostly in technical categories, including choreography and direction.
The show hit another low when Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and DJ Khaled won best collaboration for "Dinero" - a song that has peaked at No. 80 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart - besting the record-setting hit "Meant to Be", by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Mars and Cardi B's anthemic "Finesse" remix.
Lopez performed a medley of hits including "Ain't It Funny" and "I'm Real" with Ja Rule - while A-Rod watched gleefully from the crowd.
"It's an insane night for me, it's a really special thing - winning this award".
She stripped down into a more sparkly look.
Lopez also thanked her longtime manager, Benny Medina, and just for an extra dose of awws, she thanked A-Rod. I was always the person who was like, 'Why not?'" There were also a lot of thank-yous: "for her parents, her producers, her label heads, her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, and more. But the feisty "Bodak Yellow" singer failed to make good on her leading 10 nominations going into the show as fans spread their votes far and wide. 'All the love that my fans, that my friends, that everybody shows me is genuine, is lovely, and that's something that God gives me, that you can't buy, b*tch, ' she added.
She described it as a "surreal moment". The camera panned to her mom and her daughter in the audience and when she performed "Jenny From the Block", it was clear that everyone was losing their minds.
Minaj won the first televised award - best hip hop - and checked comedian Tiffany Haddish for dissing girl group Fifth Harmony, now on hiatus. "The rapper, best known for the suicide prevention anthem "1-800-273-8255", wore a T-shirt that read, "(Expletive) the wall".