Pop crooner Ed Sheeran opened up the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with a little help from an unexpected — and oddly matched — guest: Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert.
Hot off the release of his debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2, Vert joined Sheeran on stage for a remixed performance of the rapper’s “XO Tour Llif3,” backed by a full band. Sheeran and Vert also performed a version of Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
The pairing, the night’s most unique combination, sparked animated reactions from the crowd. Most notable, however, was rapper Cardi B, who couldn’t hide her disbelief:
— Hook ‘Em (@texastentitans) August 28, 2017
Fans online, meanwhile, had some fun with the unexpected combo:
*Reads Ed Sheeran performs XO Tour Life with Lil Uzi Vert pic.twitter.com/nzEb2Q3vtt
— Free Mitch Trubisky (@Scott_CEOofSUH) August 28, 2017
Omg I literally made the same face as Cardi B when Ed Sheeran started singing xo tour llif3 with Lil uzi vert. #VMAs
— Emy LaCroix (@TheEmyLaCroix) August 28, 2017
why is ed sheeran singing in harmony with lil uzi vert ??? the VMAS are truly lawless
— séana stewart !! (@seanakthstewart) August 28, 2017
An Ed Sheeran and Lil Uzi Vert duo performance was the one thing I didn’t know I needed #VMAs
— Ava (@HelloAva) August 28, 2017
— The Lue Crew (@TheLueCrew) August 28, 2017
Watching the VMAs tonight for my favorite ginger Ed Sheeran. Just flipped it over to MTV and I’m old.
What in the world is a Lil Uzi Vert?
— Amber Rogers (@AmberRogers85) August 27, 2017
— Micah (@MicahWest) August 28, 2017
— Rose (@rosawashere_) August 28, 2017
Why did Ed Sheeran just sing with Lil Uzi Vert and why did I kinda like it?? #VMAs
— Logannn. (@logan_esthay) August 28, 2017
ALL MY COLLABORATORS ARE DEAD
— Jon Caramanica (@joncaramanica) August 28, 2017
In addition to performing the track at the VMAs, Vert took home an award for song of the summer with “XO Tour Llif3.” The rapper’s other big hit, “Bad & Boujee” with Migos, was nominated for a best hip hop video award.
Vert last week released Luv Is Rage 2, his first studio album and a followup to his breakthrough mixtape, Luv Is Rage. Stream the album here: