MTV OG’s Jwoww and Snooki slay on the VMA 2016 white carpet

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New Jersey celebrities rocked the signature white carpet and the stage at Madison Square Garden for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, wowing the crowd and us with their fashion sense and musical prowess. Among those who looked perfectly glam was Jenni “JWoww” Farley, who slayed in a gorgeous black gown that matched her jet black long hair and showed off her long legs and showed off her Disney sleeve tattoo. Jenni also launched her makeup line JWoww Cosmetics Sunday night, which was an instant success, with fans buying out some of the launch lip stains. On Instagram, Jenni thanked designer Pnina Tornai of Say Yes to the Dress fame, for her custom gown, writing, “this dress is everything!” We agree!

Jenni also wrote about her experience with body image issues after becoming a mom to daughter Meilani and son Greyson, noting, “I have never felt more beautiful. My body did amazing things giving birth to my two beautiful children. Even though I may have been thinner prior to them… I never reached this level of love and appreciation for my body that I have until today.”

I have never felt more beautiful. My body did amazing things giving birth to my two beautiful children. Even though I may have been thinner prior to them… I never reached this level of love and appreciation for my body that I have until today. During my pregnancy with Greyson, I told myself I want to get back in shape for myself, my family and for all the women out there that think after having kids they can't love how they look. I had an amazing conversation with the owner of @310nutrition and I explained "I don't want to gain the weight I did with meilani. I didn't feel like myself after I gave birth to her and I don't want to lose myself when becoming a mother of two." Long story short, with the support of @310nutrition and everyone around me… I kicked ass! I am going to continue to kick ass for all the moms like me that had insecurities after their pregnancies and think they can't ever get back to where they were. Don't ever look in the past. Look in the future with your beautiful babies and know you can have your body back but the "better version" The version that carried your perfect babies! So, I'm here to say you need to love ounce of yourself… Every stretch mark… Every part of you that makes you, YOU. I am thankful for my journey getting to this point and every goal I hit after. I could not of done this without @310nutrition and my family! I love you guys I love my healthy shakes and the support you gave me to get my confidence back Today marks the first day of a new chapter in my life. Moving forward, I will be the woman I always wanted to be but couldn't because I allowed insecurities and self doubt get in the way. Today and everyday after, I will be confident in myself, who I am as a mother, wife and just bad ass person. and I truly feel this is the best I have ever looked.

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She went on to add, “So, I’m here to say you need to love ounce of yourself… Every stretch mark… Every part of you that makes you, YOU. I am thankful for my journey getting to this point and every goal I hit after.” Jenni also credited 310 Nutrition with her weight loss.

Her BFF, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, took the opposite sartorial approach in a glittering silver gown, which she thanked Hot Miami Styles for in an Instagram caption. Her other best friend and podcast host, Joey Camasta, helped her perfect her look. The former Jersey Shore castmates held hands on the red carpet and made quite the stunning pair!

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Snooki wowed fans with her curve-hugging, sparkly dress:

The Jersey Shore alum also posed with Final Five gymnasts Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez.

CHAMPIONS ????

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Nick Jonas, who wowed everyone with his Song of Summer nominated hit “Bacon” from the album Last Year Was Complicated, with Ty Dollar $ign in a memorable, celebrity-studded performance at the nearby Tick Tock Diner, also looked red carpet ready in his black and white outfit, and fans were eager to take selfies with him.

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Nick thanked MTV and everyone who joined him for his performance.

Joe Jonas and his band DNCE won Best New Artist, and while he was in a celebratory mood afterwards, he also joked on Instagram that he’s “700 years oldddd” for his more clean-cut look compared to his fellow rockers.

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Cole Whittle, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee, Jack Lawless of DNCE at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

IM 700 YEARS OLDDDD

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Joe also thanked fans for their support after the win:

THANK YOU TO EVERY DNCE FAN AROUND THE WORLD WE LOVE YOU!!!! #BESTNEWARTIST2016

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Alicia Keys stayed true to her vow to go makeup free, both on the red carpet with husband Swizz Beatz and on stage.

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During her VMAs speech, which honored the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, she read poetry, launched into song a cappella, and said she still believes in the dream King spoke of on that memorable day. Watch her powerful words:

The “Girl on Fire” singer posted some candid snaps of the couple and one of her with Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and called it a “beautiful night.”

Beautiful night ????????????????????????

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Vibin’ with friends tonight at the #VMAs ????

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Halsey and The Chainsmokers performed their hit song “Closer” to adoring fans.

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Watch what had the crowd roaring:

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