After her performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Saturday, music superstar Beyoncé Knowles unbuttoned her jacket and rubbed her belly, announcing her pregnancy to the world and triggering a record influx of Tweets.

Beyoncé, who has been married to hip hop star Jay-Z for three years, quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as her news began to spread at incredible 8,868 tweets per second (TPS).

This beat the previous high set during the women’s World Cup finals back in July.

See the video below for a clip of Beyoncé’s performance, her announcement and the reaction of her husband (and fellow musical artist Kanye West) to the news.

The record was confirmed by @twitterglobalpr last night:

“I always said I’d have a baby at 30. But I also said I’m going to retire at 30. Only God knows,” said Beyoncé of the news. “Jay and I have kind of made a decision that we want to be known for our music and not our relationships or scandals. But he is amazing.”

No word yet on when the baby is due.