By Brad Wete
Updated August 30, 2011 at 07:06 PM EDT

When Beyoncé unbuttoned her purple sequined jacket Sunday night at the MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards and revealed that she has something baking in her oven—her first child, to be exact—the building roared in celebration.

If you weren’t at Nokia Theater L.A. Live to experience it in person, the next best thing was logging on to your choice social network and shooting off your reaction. For millions, Twitter was their first destination.

Techland reports that fans hopped on the medium to express their shock, happiness, and such at a rate of 8,868 tweets per second. That beats news of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May, which drew in 5,106 tweets per second, and the Super Bowl, which earned 4,064 tweets.

Crazy, right? The question is why did so many people care so much? Well, for one, people looooooove them some Beyoncé. She’s a major pop star who, unlike most of her peers, has managed to steer clear of celeb shenanigans. Add the fact that she’s married to Jay-Z, arguably the best rapper ever, and that they both keep the details of their life together on the hush-hush and bam, here’s the answer: We’ve never seen them so excited to let a secret out of the bag! Watch them let it go after the jump:

Even more special than watching Queen B rub her tummy at the end of “Love on Top,” was seeing husband Jay-Z, hip-hop’s bar for all things cool and calm, genuinely happy as hell with buddy Kanye West leaping and congratulating him.

They could’ve revealed the news quietly and sent a press release out to the media saying they’re expecting. Others might have just waited until the paparazzi caught them shopping for a Louis Vuitton baby stroller (or whatever rich parents-to-be buy). But for the first time they opted to let us in early.

I’m not ashamed to say that I let joyful tweets fly a mile a minute, too. It was great TV!

Did you join in on the fun Sunday night? Better yet, did you even care? Why? Let us know.

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