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The Best Moments From Key and Peele’s Hashtag-Happy Alter Egos at the VMAs

Prepare to be #influenced.

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Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards had more than a few rough patches, but Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, as the night’s announcers, were not one of them. While other hosts generally fell flat with lame jokes, the comedy duo had a much higher hit rate. They adopted internet-famous, social media-savvy alter egos LizardSheeple and TheShamester to give up-to-the-minute commentary on what they called “an extended Rihanna concert, featuring the VMAs.”

Key and Peele’s attempts to keep the VMAs “resonant” were the best part of the night, and they knew it, with their repeated refrain of “That’s the tweet, that’s the tweet” perfectly summing up a ceremony that was dominated by meme-able moments. Here are a few of our favorites:

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When Key and Peele created more memes in a single segment than even meme master (and VMAs co-host) DJ Khaled.

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When they spoke for all of us after Kanye’s WTF “Fade” video.

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When they mocked misogyny on social media.

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When they roasted Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and Jared Leto.

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When they just couldn’t handle Beyoncé’s Lemonade medley.

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You have been #influenced, America.

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