The MTV Video Music Awards are tonight! In celebration of the cable channel that has given us music videos, spring break envy and several reality stars’ careers, we’ve assembled 10 of the most OMG moments from the awards ceremony throughout the years.
1. Kanye West announces 2020 presidential bid
While accepting the Vanguard Award at the 2015 VMAs (presented to him by none other than Taylor Swift, who he infamously interrupted at the 2009 VMAs), the rapper took the time to announce another pursuit outside music:
“And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he said.
2. Beyoncé’s ‘Love on Top’ performance, 2011
At the end of an energetic performance of “Love On Top,” the Queen B dropped the mic (literally) and revealed her bump (she was pregnant with Blue Ivy at the time) as the crowd went bananas and doting dad-to-be Jay-Z beamed.
3. Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift, 2009
It’s a moment that still makes us shudder. When the award for best female video went to Taylor Swift over Beyoncé, her acceptance speech was hijacked by a disgruntled Kanye West.
Sometimes it just has to be made clear that “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
The next year, Swift performed “Innocent.” In an interview with New York Magazine, Swift led readers to believe she might be able to get past the incident: “It doesn’t really add anything good if I start victimizing myself and complaining about things.” Of course that was before the “Famous” feud.
4. Britney Spears’ lip lock with Madonna, 2003
During a performance with pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Madonna planted kisses on her cohorts. As cameras quickly cut away to a reaction shot from Spears’ ex Justin Timberlake, Madge’s smooch with Aguilera was largely overlooked.
5. Britney Spears’ slithering ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’ routine, 2001
Spears surprised the audience when she performed with a serpent while singing her sultry “I’m a Slave 4 U.” In 2016, MTV tracked down the Burmese python and the snake’s trainer, Mike Hano, who shared his memory of working with the ab-tastic singer.
“She was afraid of the snake, but she forced herself to handle it, and she did a really great job,” Hano said.
6. Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke, 2013
It has been a long road for Miley Cyrus to get to the mellow beaches of Malibu. Just a few years ago she was grinding on Robin Thicke in a peach bra top and matching short shorts while they belted out “Blurred Lines.”
Cyrus reflected on the criticism she received after the performance on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2013, according to E!.
“No one cares about the man behind the booty,” Cyrus reportedly said. “You only care about the one that’s shaking it. Double standard.”
7. Lady Gaga’s meat dress, 2010
The singer turned heads on the red carpet in her meat dress – and spurred questions and backlash from animal rights activists. Gaga explained her style choice to CBS News, saying it was meant to protest the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers.
“What I was really trying to say was ‘Dead meat is dead meat,’ and anyone that’s willing to take their life and die for their country is the same,” she told Anderson Cooper. “You’re not gay and dead, straight and dead, you are dead.”
8. Nicki Minaj seeing “what’s good” with Miley Cyrus, 2015
Things heated up between Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj in a call out that left us speechless. The rapper made her iconic comment while accepting the award for best hip hop music video.
“And now… back to this (expletive) that had a lot to say about me in the press,” Minaj said onstage. “Miley, what’s good?”
Minaj was referring to comments Cyrus had made in a cover story for The New York Times about Minaj’s frustration over the lack of diversity in nominations for music video of the year award for that year.
9. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley’s kiss, 1994
Another memorable moment was the kiss between Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. The King of Pop kissed his then-wife onstage to a roar of cheers.
“Just think, nobody thought this would last,” Jackson said at the time, but it didn’t. The couple split just a few years later, in 1996.
10. Lil’ Kim’s revealing ensemble, 1999
Last, but certainly not least, is Lil’ Kim’s out-there outfit. The rapper donned a purple, one-shoulder body suit that exposed her breast, which she covered up with a matching pasty.
The look went down in history as one of the most memorable getups from the award show, even inspiring others to copy her look: Miley Cyrus re-created the look for Halloween in 2013.
Contributing: Charles Trepany
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