The MTV VMAs have arrived again! So many epic performances are on the way, and HollywoodLife.com has decided to take a look back at 10 VMA performances we can’t seem to forget!
Every single year, the MTV Video Music Awards feature memorable performances. Over the course of 31 years, some of our favorite artists have hit the stage to perform on one of music’s biggest nights. From Beyonce’s incredible 15-song medley in 2014 to the ‘NSYNC reunion to Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke during “Blurred Lines,” HollywoodLife.com has come up with the 10 most memorable performances of all time!
*Beyonce’s 15-song medley after Vanguard win (2014)
Bey always puts on a good show, and she did just that at the 2014 VMAs. The Queen Bey was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the show and performed a 15-song medley that rocked our socks off. Beyonce rules, and that’s all there is to it.
*Britney Spears’ ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’ (2001)
No one does it quite like Britney Spears. The singer stole the show at the 2001 VMAs with a sizzling performance of her hit song. The dancing was on point, her outfit was flawless and Brit famously brought out that snake. Ladies, that’s how you do it.
*Justin Timberlake & ‘NSYNC reunite (2013)
Justin Timberlake was awarded the Video Vanguard Award in 2013, and he couldn’t encompass a performance that defined his career without including ‘NSYNC. Justin brought his bandmates to the stage for the ultimate ’90s throwback. We’re still not over it.
*Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke (2013)
We can’t talk about the Video Music Awards without talking about Miley. The “Wrecking Ball” singer is hosting the show this year, but her most famous moment to date was in 2013. Miley started out performing “We Can’t Stop” and segued into her performance with Robin. She twerked on Robin as he sang “Blurred Lines.” It was nuts and undeniably memorable.
*Chris Brown & Rihanna (2007)
Chris Brown and Rihanna shut it down at the VMAs. Chris started things off by singing “Wall To Wall.” Then, Rihanna entered the stage and performed “Umbrella.” Chris and Rihanna dancing together on a table during their performance was epic. Chris finished off the epic performance with “Kiss Kiss.” Regardless of their relationship status, these two have insane musical chemistry.
*Michael Jackson (1995)
Michael is and always will be the King of Pop. The legendary singer sang a medley of his greatest hits, including “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” and “Smooth Criminal.”
*Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera team up (2003)
This has got to be the hottest trio in MTV Video Music Awards history. Three of the biggest artists in the world joined forces for one unforgettable performance. Talk about girl power! They performed “Like A Virgin/Hollywood” along with Missy Elliott, and Madonna famously kissed both Britney and Christina!
*Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” performance (2009)
This performance was so iconic. Lady Gaga is a powerhouse and proved that first-hand at the VMAs. Not only were her vocals incredible, the performance was like a movie. It was dramatic to the extreme, and everyone loved it. She also brought the shock factor, too. Remember when the blood starting pouring?
*Taylor Swift (2014)
Haters can hate, but Taylor Swift can perform. The singer took her hit song, “Shake It Off,” and shut down the show in 2014. There’s no way, whether you were in the audience or at home, that you weren’t jamming out to this performance.
*Justin Bieber (2010)
Justin Bieber was last seen on the VMAs stage in 2010. It’s been 5 long years. He sang a medley of his hits at the show, including “Baby!” He’s performing for the first time since then, and it’s going to be so good.
HollywoodLifers, what’s been your favorite MTV Video Music Awards performance of all time? Vote and let us know!
— Avery Thompson