Caught in the Act! VMAs Edition

UPDATED 09/01/2006 at 12:45 PM EDT Originally published 08/31/2006 at 02:05 PM EDT

Caught in the Act! VMAs Edition
Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey
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Thursday Night

Beyoncé, showing up just after midnight for a joint post-VMA bash and birthday celebration at boyfriend Jay-Z's club 40/40. The lavish affair featured glass-encased honeycombs filled with live bees (B for Beyoncé) and flat projection screens playing a montage of the b-day girl's performances and music videos. The Versace-wearing singer (who won best R&B video for "Check On It") got hugs and well wishes from her family – parents Tina and Mathew Knowles, sister Solange – and celeb pals including former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, plus Usher, Ludacris, Andy Roddick and Rihanna.

But Beyoncé (who marks her 25th on Sept. 4, the same day her B'Day album is released internationally) also made time to cuddle with her man. She draped her arms over Jay-Z's shoulders and at one point he leaned over and gave her a sweet kiss.

Justin Timberlake, taking the stage at 1:30 a.m. at Roseland after the VMAs. Diddy, Pink, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Rachel Bilson, and Nick Lachey and girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, who spent the entire concert sitting in his lap, all showed up. Timberlake sang past hits ("Señorita" and "Cry Me a River") and a hot version of "SexyBack." He was joined onstage by special guests – among them, former 'N Sync-er JC Chasez and Will.i.am. from the BEPs.

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Kanye West and his fiancée Alexis Phifer, partying at a bash thrown by 50 Cent and LL Cool J at Tao. Paris Hilton, Jermaine Dupri, Venus Williams, Shaun White and Ciara feasted on tuna tartare, shrimp tempura and Kobe-beef meatballs and knocked back cocktails mixed with Fitty's signature drink, Formula 50 Vitamin Water. They also grooved to a five-song set by VMA nominees Gnarls Barkley, including a performance of their hit "Crazy."

• By TIFFANY MCGEE, JENNIFER ODELL, CHRIS STRAUSS and MICHELLE TAN

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