Selena Gomez Declares She’ll “Never Be a Meme Again” After 2023 VMAs

Selena Gomez Is RED HOT at the 2023 MTV VMAs

Selena Gomezis ready to keep herhandsfacial expressions to herself.

After some of her reactions from the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards audience began circulating on social media, the 31-year-old took to her Instagram to make a statement.

“I will never be a meme again,” she wrote over a black background on her Story after the Sept. 12 ceremony. “I’d rather sit still than be dragged for being myself. Much love.”

And though Selena has previously seemed to take her meme-ification in stride—including when she went viral for her reactions towatching Lionel Messiplay soccer and after she shared an image of herself wrapped in a blanket—this time, she seems to be putting her foot down.

The award show was an otherwise successful evening for Selena, who took home a “moon man” for Best Afrobeats alongsideRemafor their collaboration on “Calm Down,” which was nominated for a total of four categories. (See the complete list of winners HERE.)

And of course, one of theOnly Murders in the Buildingstar’s biggest supporters? BFF Taylor Swiftwas caught by the cameras jumping up and down with her hands in the air after Selena’s win was announced.

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The two had a sweet moment together earlier in the evening as well, when the pair hugged on camera while hanging out in the audience. The interaction also showed off both of the singers’ outfits—Selena stunned in a floral-inspired red beaded gown from Oscar de la Renta while Tay kept it edgy in a black Versace halter dress.

To see those looks and more from the 2023 VMAs, keep reading.

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Nicki Minaj

In Dolce & Gabbana.

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Taylor Swift

In Versace dress and Ariel Saidian, Anita Ko, and Maria Tash jewelry.

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Cardi B

In Dilara Findikoglu.

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Shakira with sons Milan & Sasha

In Versace.

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Demi Lovato

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Olivia Rodrigo

In Ludovic de Saint Sernin.

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Doja Cat

In Oscar De La Renta.

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Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini

Her in Mônot.

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Selena Gomez

In Oscar de la Renta dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Megan Thee Stallion

In Brandon Blackwood.

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Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick & Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC

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Emily Ratajkowski

In Jean Paul Gaultier dress and Melissa Kaye jewelry.

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Dove Cameron

In Coach dress and Simon G jewelry.

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Tiffany Haddish

In Jason Wu.

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Charli D’Amelio

In Shushu/Tong.

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Lil Nas X

In Palomo Spain.

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Tinashe

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Sabrina Carpenter

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Saweetie

In Area.

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Dixie D’Amelio

In Maticevski.

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Sofia Carson

In Alexandre Vauthier.

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Bebe Rexha

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Madelyn Cline

In Givenchy.

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Anitta

In Schiaparelli dress and Gianvito Rossi shoes.

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Coco Jones

In Moschino.

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Nelly Furtado

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Karol G

In Ashi Studio dress and Jacob & Co. jewelry.

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Chlöe Bailey

In Roberto Cavalli.

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GloRilla

In David Koma.

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