From Madonna and Britney to Kanye and Taylor, here are some of the VMA moments that had everyone on the edge of their seat!
You never know what to expect at the MTV VMA’s! Anything can happen when you put all of the hottest singers, actors and rappers in the same room. From the very first Video Music Awards show in 1984 — when Madonna dry-humped the stage at Radio City Music Hall while wearing a wedding dress and singing “Like A Virgin” — MTV made it clear that this wasn’t going to be anything like your parents awards show.
This years VMA’s are sure to shock. So to get you in the mood to rock HollywoodLife has compiled a list of the all-time best (and worst) VMA moments:
1. Krist Novoselic of Nirvana nearly knocks himself out with his bass guitar (1992)
Grunge rock reined supreme in the early ‘90s and no band was hotter than Nirvana. Too bad, bassist Krist Novoselic was blessed with musical skills but not coordination. After tossing his 30-pound guitar in the air during their performance of “Lithium”, he neglected to move his face out of its way and he ended up wandering off the stage with the teen spirit knocked out of him.
2. Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley smooch (1994)
In an attempt to prove to the world that their love was the real deal, the King of Pop planted a majorly awkward kiss on his new wife, Lisa Marie Presley. “And just think, nobody thought this would last,” declared Michael Jackson. Turns out everybody was right and the couple divorced just two years later.
3. Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston get in a fake cat fight (1998)
When two divas as famous as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are sharing a stage the sparks are sure to fly. So to play up the rumors that they hated each other, the ladies donned identical dresses and staged a faux cat fight that ended with them ripping off each other’s dresses.
4. Diana Ross copes a feel of Lil’ Kim’s boob (1999)
Lil’ Kim let it all hang out in a sequined, breast baring purple body stocking. Motown legend Diana Ross stunned the audience and viewers when she just couldn’t resist getting to second base with the controversial rapper.
5. Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford rages from the rafters (2000)
After Rage against the Machine lost the Best Rock Video award to Limp Bizkit, bassist Tim Commerford protested by climbing the stage scaffolding and began taunting Fred Durst during his acceptance speech. Maybe he knew that it was the last Moon Man RATM would be nominated for – the band broke up later that same year.
6. Britney Spears slithers around with a snake (2001)
Britney Spears ditched the school girl costume she donned during her first VMA appearance, in 1999, in favor of a much slinkier style when she performed “I’m A Slave 4 U” two years later. The then 19-year-old enraged animal rights activists but captivated the crowd when writhed around the stage with a most unusual dance partner – a huge boa constrictor.
7. Eminem throws down with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (2002)
Not even a stuffed animal is safe from the wrath of Eminem. When the abrasive hand-puppet from Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog got in the middle of a fight between Eminem and his then rival Moby, Eminem and his entourage attacked the canine comic and threw his notes to the ground!
8. Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera’s make out session (2003)
Sure, it only lasted a few seconds, but it’s still one of the most famous kisses of all time. No one suspected that when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera recreated Madonna’s 1984 “Like a Virgin” performance that it would end with the Madge’ swapping spit with both singers!
9. Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” comeback bombs (2007)
After a year of bizarre behavior that included shaving her head and being admitted to a psychiatric ward, Britney Spears wanted to show the world that she was still the princess of pop and agreed to open the show. Unfortunately, she was clearly not ready for her comeback and as she awkwardly stumbled through a lackluster performance of “Gimme More” that totally bombed.
10. Kanye West steals the spotlight from Taylor Swifts(2009)
How could you not feel bad for super-sweet Taylor Swift when Kanye West ripped the microphone out of her hands while she was accepting the VMA for Best Female Video? Sure he only wanted to give his buddy Beyonce a shout out, but stealing Taylor’s thunder was inexcusable.
Be sure to tune in this Sunday (September 12) to find out what OMG incidents are going to go down while the Moon Men are being handed out!