As the evening progressed, a number of political points became clear.
Like his surprise victory in 2016, President Trump performed better than many political experts had expected (he also lit up social channels with a late press conference which doubled as a thinly-veiled victory speech, while votes were still being counted).
And the Blue Wave never truly arrived for Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
While the world awaits a winner, musicians and celebrities weighed in on a nerve-racking night. John Legend, Richard Marx and many others shared their thoughts on social media.