The rock veterans and 21 Savage joined Malone to play the track ‘Rockstar’ from his huge-selling album ‘beerbongs & bentleys‘, before merging into a medley of their own classics ‘Dream On’ and ‘Toys In The Attic’.
Taking to Twitter, viewers’ reactions ranged from pleasant surprise to utter bewilderment.
“Am I high, or is Post Malone performing with Aerosmith?” asked one viewer, while another added “this is truly truly Trump’s America.”
The fact that Post Malone just performed with Aerosmith at the VMA’S is fucking legendary.
— E ?❤️ (@xEmilioS_) August 21, 2018
Am I high or is post malone performing with Aerosmith
— ?? (@stevelarrington) August 21, 2018
Aerosmith and Post Malone closing the VMAs wow this is truly Tr*mp's America
— ???????? ????? ????? ???? (@mathewrodriguez) August 21, 2018
Never thought I would ever see Aerosmith perform with Post Malone wearing a multi colored smiley face suit but here we are. #VMAs
— Zach Bambach (@RealZachBambach) August 21, 2018
Post Malone and Aerosmith? ? Not gonna lie, I’m impressed ??♀️ #VMAs
— ???????? (@noitsmarianna) August 21, 2018
Wow Aerosmith & Post Malone my mind is blown this is dope! #VMAs
— Kelso (@TheKellyMoore) August 21, 2018
biggest plot twist of 2018: Post Malone on stage with Aerosmith at the #VMAs ?
— Tommy (@GoWithTheFlw) August 21, 2018
Aerosmith and Post Malone performing together is such a mood i can’t #MTVVMAS
— Mona (@MominaFaheem) August 21, 2018
post malone and aerosmith ? what the fuck
— ° (@sugarwatermeIon) August 21, 2018
Post Malone performing with Aerosmith was fucking iconic
— Savs (@savvyymariee) August 21, 2018
Meanwhile, the evening saw Post Malone take home the awards for ‘Best Song’ with ‘Rockstar’. Check out the full list of MTV VMA winners here.
The show also saw Cardi B’s first public appearance since giving birth (where she pretended to breastfeed one of the awards statues), while Madonna also caused controversy with her tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Aerosmith were to promote the band’s upcoming Las Vegas residency. to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
“We’re going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring”, said guitarist Joe Perry.
“What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before… just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”