As Swift and her posse of "You Need to Calm Down" video co-stars swarmed the stage, Travolta moved to give the Moon Man to Jolie — a celebrity in her own right after a run on RuPaul's Drag Race, but definitely not the real Taylor Swift.
Travolta continued stretching out his arms toward Jolie and wondering why she wouldn't take it, while Jolie wondered what the hell Travolta was doing.
Never afraid to speak up, fellow Drag Race alumnus Tatianna mouthed something that looked a lot like "NOT TAYLOR" at Travolta, and he seemed to figure it out — unfortunately, not before Twitter noticed, though.
See the clip, as well as some of the hilarious reactions to the awkward onstage moment below.
John Travolta mistook Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift when handing over the award for 'Video of the Year.' 😂 pic.twitter.com/z8MsJtcp1V— Pop Crave (@PopCraveMusic) August 27, 2019
John Travolta mistaking Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift. 👏DRAG 👏RACE 👏EXCELLENCE pic.twitter.com/zVLgsbHhD7— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) August 27, 2019
John Travolta just gave the VMA to 'Drag Race' alum Jade Jolie in Taylor Swift drag, FULLY not knowing that it was NOT Taylor Swift, thinking that it was IN FACT Taylor Swift. I am....reeling.— Brennan Carley (@BrennanCarley) August 27, 2019
*Jade Jolie at Wells Fargo tomorrow* "yes, a cashier's check please... Mmhmm account is under Taylor Swift."— Paul McCallion (@OrangePaulp) August 27, 2019
WAIT TGE PRESENTER REALLY WAS GOING TO GIVE THE AWARD TO JADE JOLIE I'M FUCKING WHEEZING (can u blame him tho?) pic.twitter.com/6AxpoLZOLo— 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗶 ◟̽◞̽ (@jumpsuitommo) August 27, 2019
Tired: John Travolta mistaking Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) August 27, 2019
Wired: me mistaking John Travolta for Chris Daughtry