Miley twerking, Madonna and Britney smooching, and Kanye not letting Taylor finish — these moments are part of the Video Music Awards’ reputation for crazy moments. Revisit the awards show’s most eyebrow-raising moments in the gallery.
2009: Kanye West infamously bumrushed the stage during Taylor Swift’s Video of the Year acceptance speech, sparking a controversy that still makes headlines today.
The 2013 VMAs were Miley Cyrus’ party, and she could do what she wanted to — but that didn’t mean viewers loved seeing her grind on Robin Thicke.
2013: Miley, no!
In the VMAs craziest non-Kanye moment, Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera took the stage in 2002 — and swapped spit mid-performance.
2002: Madonna and Christina Aguilera locked lips in Part 2 of the VMA’s craziest clip not involving Kanye.
2014: Beyonce’s feminist statement.
After running through her hits and ending her performance in front of a giant “FEMINIST” screen, Bey joined husband Jay Z and her daughter Blue Ivy onstage for a sweet family moment.
2001: Britney Spears is responsible for a handful of the VMAs’ most iconic moments. Only one of them featured a snake.
2015: On the heels of a summer where everyone was seemingly beefing with one another, Nicki Minaj had three words for one certain ‘Hannah Montana’ star: “Miley, what’s good?”
But there was no longer any bad blood between Minaj and Taylor Swift, who had squabbled earlier that summer about the 2015 VMA nominations.
After a tough stretch in the public eye, Britney Spears’ 2007 performance was supposed to be a triumphant return. Instead, her shaky vocals and disoriented stage presence drew jeers.
2007: Britney’s bloated comeback.
Who can forget the meat dress? Lady Gaga was feeling carnivorous with her wardrobe during the 2010 VMAs, where she picked up the Video of the Year award for ‘Bad Romance.’
2010: Gaga gets meaty.
2011: Beyoncé’s big reveal.
At the end of her ‘Love on Top’ performance, the singer bust open her sequined jacket to reveal a growing baby bump. Surprise!
1994: The awards’ second-craziest kiss.
Michael Jackson gave his wife Lisa Marie Presley a big onstage smooch, and neither seemed at all comfortable with it.
1984: The OG controversial VMAs performance came from Madonna and her take on ‘Like a Virgin’ in that white wedding dress.
1999: Lil Kim joined Mary J. Blige onstage to introduce Diana Ross — and the legendary singer copped a feel onstage, going straight for Lil Kim’s pastie.
2002: Britney Spears came on stage to wish Michael Jackson a happy birthday. Jackson thought he was receiving the “Artist of the Millennium” award, which doesn’t exist. An extremely awkward speech ensued.
1997: Fiona Apple won the VMA for best new artist, delivering her now-notorious “The world is (expletive)” speech.Internet Explorer Channel Network