Beyonce Looked Way More Pregnant At The 2011 VMAs Than We Remember

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It’s been five years since Beyoncé announced she was pregnant on the stage of the Video Music Awards. While that stomach rub is #iconic, we can’t overlook everything else that led to a gesture that garnered 8,868 Tweets per second (a record in 2011, BTW).

Here’s a brief rundown of how things happened that fateful night five years ago.

Queen Bey arrived on the carpet in a bright orange, one-shoulder Lanvin gown. As we wrote in the live blog that night, “speculation [was] running wild about why Beyoncé’s gown was not as skintight as usual.” Ah, how naïve we were.

Further down the carpet she pulled the trademark ~look there’s a baby in there~ pose, but things still weren’t fully confirmed.

It wasn’t until she finished her performance that we were all like, “Ah, yes, there is definitely a baby in there.”

Beyoncé started her performance of “Love on Top” by saying, “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me,” which dumped a whole lot of fuel on the fire.

Then, when she was done dancing like there wasn’t a baby in there, she unbuttoned her sparkly Dolce & Gabbana jacket and caressed her stomach in a way that finally — finally! — confirmed it once and for all.