From jaw-dropping dresses to revealing interviews, the MTV Video Music Awards' red carpet always delivers dramatic television moments, and this year was no exception.

The cast of the Jersey Shore were among the first to make their entrance at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Sunday night, with Deena Nicole Cortese standing out the most in a sequined rainbow minidress and vibrant green contact lenses.

Selena Gomez, 19, who co-hosted the pre-show in a sexy black lace dress, chatted up both her BFF Demi Lovato, 19, and her beau Justin Bieber, 17. 

And while stars like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian received extra loud cheers from onlookers, it was Beyonce, 29, who stole the spotlight when she announced her pregnancy moments before the show started.

Check out all the must-see moments from the black carpet in the video above!