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Awards show season is a busy, busy time—especially if you’re desperate to catch every moment, from the red carpet arrivals to the acceptance speeches. And then, when the program ends and it’s way past your bedtime (and that Monday morning guilt begins to set in), you realize that it’s still not over. Nope, there’s a whole other layer of awards show action to consider: social media.

The best moments of the show often happen off-camera, in the glamorous sea of star-studded guests. Sunday night’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles was no different.

Off-screen, Lady Gaga shared a sweet embrace with Selena Gomez, Heidi Klum pre-gamed with some chocolate-covered cakes, we glimpsed the back of Gigi Hadid’s white lace gown …

In case you missed a beat, scroll down below for the best AMAs moments on Instagram.

VIDEO: 2016 AMAs Red Carpet Looks

LADY GAGA AND SELENA GOMEZ

LADY GAGA AND KARLIE KLOSS

KARLIE KLOSS

ARIANA GRANDE

NICKI MINAJ

CIARA

ZOE SALDANA

HEIDI KLUM

JULIANNE HOUGH, NINA DOBREV, AND TARAJI P. HENSON

HEIDI KLUM AND NINA DOBREV

YOLANDA AND GIGI HADID

TEYANA TAYLOR