By Claire Stern
Updated Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
VMA After Party Lead
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Oh, what a night.

After Rihanna took her final bow at the Sunday's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, the fun really began. Within minutes, stars poured out of the gates of Madison Square Garden, hopped in their respective black SUVs, and descended on New York City like a party-hungry wolfpack. And the bulk of them congregated at the newly minted hotspot Vandal for Republic Records's star-studded after-party, unofficially celebrating Joe Jonas's group DNCE, fresh off their Best New Artist win.

VMA After Party 2
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Inside was a veritable who's who of artists, music execs, and TV stars, including Ansel Elgort, Ariana Grande—spotted cuddling up to "boo" Mac Miller—and even Snooki, holding court in a corner booth with JWoww. Two models on SoulCycle bikes sporting Guess, who presented the event, greeted guests as they entered the venue. From there, partygoers sipped on specialty Cîroc cocktails and Fiji water while others darted for the animated photo booth, reminiscent of the one at this year's Met Gala.

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The party started to pick up around 1 a.m., when Desiigner, in a salmon-colored Maison Margiela suit, blazed through the crowd to the DJ booth and gave an impromptu performance of his hit single, "Panda." Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon, and Troye Sivan, who performed earlier during the VMA pre-show, all got up to dance. "These shoes are a great alternative to high heels!" Sivan said of his choice footwear: Louis Vuitton creepers.

VMA After Party 1
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Once the waiters passed around desserts, the marathon night finally started to wind down. Fifth Harmony, who scooped up a Moonman for Best Collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, navigated their way out the door in a single-file line. "We're just happy that our sophomore album is doing as well as our singles," Dinah Jane Hansen told us ahead of the show. And before we could have second thoughts about leaving, Snooki barreling toward the exit with a weekender bag in hand signaled that the party was officially over.