Plus, Beyonce and Rihanna's award wins spark top five showings for the superstars!
Ariana Grande may not have scored a Moonman at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, but fans made sure she was a clear winner on the charts.
The singer's "Side to Side," featuring Nicki Minaj, crowned the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart longer than any other song during the awards ceremony. Grande and Minaj performed the cut, which was recently announced as the third official single from Grande's Dangerous Woman album, early in the telecast. Also helping the song gain Twitter chatter: the official "Side" music video release, which dropped immediately after the pair's performance.
The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music.
Just behind Grande, Kanye West soared to a No. 2 peak during the telecast for "Fade" after the rapper debuted the track's video during the ceremony. Twitter chatter in particular focused on singer Teyana Taylor's starring role in the clip, which became available to stream exclusively on the Tidal streaming service after its televised debut.
Meanwhile, Rihanna also zoomed to a No. 2 showing for "Love on the Brain." The singer, who won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her career accomplishments, performed four separate times in the telecast in a career-spanning medley. "Brain," which closed her fourth and final set, was announced as the superstar's next single from her Anti album on Aug. 23.
Plus, Beyonce's "Formation" rallied to a No. 5 showing after claiming the video of the year award. In addition to the night's top prize, "Formation" scored five additional awards including best direction and best pop video. The haul helped Beyonce leapfrog Madonna as the artist with the most Video Music Award wins in the award show's history.
Additional tracks scored Trending 140 jumps following their performances during the ceremony's telecast: Nick Jonas' "Bacon," featuring Ty Dolla $ign burst to No. 3 after its live offering, while The Chainsmokers and Halsey leapt to No. 6 after performing their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Closer." Britney Spears, meanwhile, reached No. 9 with "Make Me..." on the heels of the superstar's performance of the track with rapper (and "Make Me" featured artist) G-Eazy.