This year’s MTV Video Music Awards ended with one of 2018’s biggest pop stars showing off his not-so-secret guitar prowess alongside one of the rock and roll era’s most successful bands. It wasn’t entirely clear why Aerosmith was chosen to close out the show, but Steven Tyler and company do have a storied history of rap-rock VMA collaborations. Back in 1999, Aerosmith played the VMAs alongside Run-D.M.C. and Kid Rock, and 18 years later, those shoes were Post’s to fill.
But first, Post Malone got some of his own shine. The grand finale began with the 23-year-old rapper performing his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Rockstar,” with 21 Savage coming out to rap his quest verse. Then — gear shift! — Post strode over to the center of the Radio City Music Hall stage, where Aerosmith was ready to party like it was ’99. Malone (who was just 3 years old when “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” went to No. 1) grabbed a guitar and rocked alongside Joe Perry for “Dream On.” And then, instead of going for a more obvious hit like “Walk This Way” or “Sweet Emotion,” Aero-Post finished off with 1975’s “Toys in the Attic.”