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In honor of this yr’s MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021, Wonderwall.com is looking again at a few of the wildest moments from the VMAs through the years — from bonkers celeb model to headline-making performances, surprising smooches, on-stage meltdowns and extra. Hold studying to relive probably the most unforgettable moments, beginning with this one: Who might neglect Kanye West‘s notorious “Imma allow you to end” diss?! Throughout the 2009 MTV VMAs, Taylor Swift received the Moonman for finest feminine video for “You Belong With Me.” However earlier than she might make her acceptance speech, Kanye jumped on stage, grabbed the microphone and introduced, “I am sorry, however Beyonce had among the finest movies of all time!” The crushed country-pop cutie later informed Folks journal, “I used to be standing onstage, and I used to be actually excited as a result of I’d simply received the award, after which I used to be actually excited as a result of Kanye West was onstage. After which I wasn’t excited any extra after that.”
Hold studying for extra wild moments from previous MTV VMAs…
Beyonce stole the present throughout the 2011 MTV VMAs when — following an extremely energetic efficiency of her hit single “Love on Prime” that noticed her belting whereas nailing difficult dance strikes in sky-high stiletto pumps — she dropped her mic and unbuttoned her sequined tuxedo jacket to disclose she was pregnant along with her first baby, daughter Blue Ivy Carter. As she rubbed her child bump, the viewers erupted in thunderous applause. The telecast additionally confirmed her hubby, JAY-Z, sitting within the viewers and beaming whereas celebrating the information with pal and collaborator Kanye West.
Subsequent up? The liplock(s) seen ‘around the world! Throughout the 2003 MTV VMAs, Madonna notoriously kissed each Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera — who had been wearing ensembles that channeled Madge’s iconic look from her efficiency of “Like a Virgin” throughout the 1984 VMAs (extra on that later!) — as they closed out a rendition of the Queen of Pop’s 2003 single “Hollywood.”
The primary couple of grunge rock, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, made waves once they arrived to the 1993 MTV VMAs with younger daughter Frances Bean Cobain in tow. (She’d simply celebrated her first birthday lower than two weeks earlier.) The Nirvana frontman died simply seven months later in April 1994.
Britney Spears actually walked on the wild aspect whereas performing “I am a Slave 4 U” throughout the 2001 MTV VMAs. After kicking off the efficiency in a cage with an actual tiger — “Tiger King” star Doc Antle dealt with the massive cat (extra on that here) — she shimmed across the stage with an albino Burmese python wrapped round her shoulders.
Awkward! Simply 4 months after they tied the knot, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley opened the 1994 MTV VMAs in a really unforgettable style: They took the stage hand-in-hand to thunderous applause from the dwell studio viewers. Then, because the cheers died down, the King of Pop mentioned, “Simply suppose, no one thought this might final.” He then pulled in his spouse for a giant awkward kiss. (By the best way, the critics had been proper: A yr and a half later, she filed for divorce.)
Again in 2000, nobody thought twice about Aaliyah successful an award. She was on the high of her sport — and the world beloved her like that they had by no means beloved an R&B singer earlier than. In hindsight, nevertheless, it reads like a tragedy: The 2000 MTV VMAs had been the ultimate award present the “Are You That Any individual?” singer attended earlier than her premature dying the next yr.
The place to begin with Miley Cyrus‘s extremely offensive efficiency throughout the 2013 MTV VMAs… She kicked issues off with a rendition of her hit single “We Cannot Cease” clad in a cartoon teddy bear onesie and accompanied by backup dancers with dwarfism wearing teddy bear costumes. (One backup dancer later referred to as the efficiency “probably the most degrading factor” she’s ever accomplished and mentioned that it left her feeling “lower than human.”) However then Robin Thicke joined Miley on stage for a duet of his extraordinarily controversial hit single “Blurred Strains” … and issues took a flip for the more serious. Miley stripped all the way down to flesh-toned latex separates to twerk on Robin, who was doing his finest impression of Beetlejuice in a black-and-white striped swimsuit. Suffice to say viewers watching from dwelling weren’t thrilled to see the erstwhile Hannah Montana (the Disney Channel sequence had simply ended two years earlier) bumping and grinding on a a lot older (and married!) man. On the time, Miley was simply 20 and practically half Robin’s age. Robin, in the meantime, was married to Paula Patton on the time. To make issues worse, “Blurred Strains” had began producing criticism for a few of its seemingly misogynistic lyrics, which The Day by day Beast’s Tricia Romano completely described as “type of rapey.”
When Cardi B took the stage cradling what seemed to be a child throughout the 2018 MTV VMAs, audiences in every single place thought they is likely to be getting a glimpse of her new child daughter, Kulture. However Cardi tricked us all: She was truly pretending to nurse a Moonman.
LL Cool J received the Moonman for finest rap video for his hit “Mama Stated Knock You Out” throughout the 1991 MTV VMAs. However that wasn’t what had everybody speaking… The actual story? The rapper-actor raised eyebrows (and temperatures!) by going shirtless all through the present.
Kendrick Lamar obtained all fired up (actually!) whereas opening the 2017 MTV VMAs: A backup dancer utterly engulfed in flames joined the rapper on stage as he carried out his hits “DNA” and “HUMBLE,” and later, extra backup dancers scaled a wall of flames behind him. Kendrick additionally dominated the awards that yr, taking dwelling six Moonman trophies together with video of the yr.
50 Cent’s brief but intense love affair with Vivica A. Fox kicked off after he made a public play for her coronary heart throughout the 2003 BET Awards. “I wanna thank Vivica Fox for sporting that costume,” he mentioned whereas concluding his acceptance speech for finest new artist. The actress — who donned a darling long-sleeved lilac mini with a plunging neckline that evening — seemed extraordinarily flattered (and greater than a bit of shocked!) because the rapper tried to shoot his shot along with her in entrance of tens of millions of individuals. However the gamble paid off! Two months later — after his crew reportedly obtained in contact along with her folks to set them up — Fiddy and Vivica posed collectively on the crimson carpet on the 2003 MTV VMAs. (How’s that for manifestation?!) And if he appreciated her costume earlier than, properly…
Practically a decade earlier than Kanye West crashed Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech throughout the 2009 MTV VMAs, Rage Towards the Machine bassist Tim Commerford made a scene throughout Limp Bizkit’s massive second. Because the Fred Durst-fronted rap-rock band took the stage to simply accept the award for finest rock video throughout the 2000 MTV VMAs — which they received over Rage’s Michael Moore-directed “Sleep Now within the Hearth” music video — Tim rushed the stage in protest: He climbed an enormous set piece and refused to return down. After safety forcibly eliminated him, he was arrested and even spent an evening in jail. “We had been up in opposition to Limp Bizkit, one of many dumbest bands within the historical past of music,” he recalled throughout a 2015 look on ESPN Radio. “We’re up in opposition to them and their singer made the video. So it was Limp Bizkit versus Rage — [a] Fred Durst-directed video versus Michael Moore. And I am sitting there with Michael and I am like, ‘Hey man, if that digicam does not come over right here, I am climbing up that construction and I am gonna sit there like a f****** gargoyle and throw a wrench on this present.’ And he is like, ‘Tim, observe your coronary heart.'” The remainder is historical past!
Madonna — who just about set the stage for outrageous performances throughout the VMAs — slayed at the first ever MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. The Queen of Pop, who donned a white wedding ceremony costume for the event, writhed round sensually on stage whereas performing her hit “Like a Virgin.” The efficiency might sound tremendous low-key by right this moment’s requirements, but it surely definitely raised eyebrows again within the ’80s!
It is some of the iconic acceptance speeches in award present historical past: “This world is bulls***,” Fiona Apple mentioned whereas accepting the award for finest new artist throughout the 1997 MTV VMAs. (To be honest, she warned us when she kicked off her acceptance speech that she wasn’t “going to do that like everyone else does it.”) After quoting Maya Angelou, the singer-songwriter launched right into a weird, surprising and barely hypocritical lecture about staying true to oneself: “You should not mannequin your life [after] what you suppose that we predict is cool and what we’re sporting and what we’re saying and the whole lot. Go along with your self,” she mentioned, later including, “It is simply silly that I am on this world.”
JAY-Z and Alicia Keys closed out the 2009 MTV VMAs, which passed off in New York Metropolis, with a rendition of their hit single “Empire State of Thoughts” — and the hometown crowd went wild! However nobody went crazier than Lil Mama who, whereas overcome with emotion, jumped on stage to affix the A-list rapper and the singer-songwriter for the ultimate moments of their efficiency. “I used to be feeling it and it simply occurred,” she later defined, including that she meant no disrespect to her fellow native New Yorkers, who principally ignored her as she vibed alongside them.
For some time, Kanye West and Taylor Swift had been truly on good phrases. She even offered the Video Vanguard Award to him throughout the 2015 MTV VMAs! After gushing about a couple of of his greatest profession achievements, she made gentle of the time he infamously interrupted her acceptance speech throughout the 2009 MTV VMAs: “To all the opposite winners tonight, I am actually comfortable for you and Imma allow you to end, however Kanye West has had one of many biggest careers of all time,” she mentioned. After the rapper took the stage, they shared a giant, heat hug. Taylor then joined Kim Kardashian within the viewers — and wrapped an arm across the actuality star’s shoulders — as they listened to Kanye’s acceptance speech. At first, the dad (Kimye’s eldest baby, North West, had arrived two years earlier) appeared contrite: “If I had a daughter at the moment, would I’ve went on stage and grabbed the mic from another person’s?” he questioned. “This area, tomorrow it is gonna be a totally totally different setup — some live performance, one thing like that. The stage will probably be gone. After that evening, the stage was gone, however the impact that it had on folks remained.” However then he went off script. After alleging that he noticed Justin Timberlake crying when the pop star misplaced the Grammy for album of the yr to The Chicks again in 2007, he criticized MTV for exploiting his feud with Taylor for rankings, fessed as much as smoking marijuana earlier than delivering his acceptance speech and seemingly backtracked on his earlier phrases of contrition, saying, “I’ll die for the artwork! For what I consider in. And the artwork ain’t at all times gonna be well mannered!” He then introduced his intention to run for president in 2020 — “As you in all probability might have guessed by this second, I’ve determined in 2020 to run for president,” he mentioned — and concluded with a literal mic drop.
MTV banned Andrew Cube clay from the community for all times following his look on the 1989 MTV VMAs telecast. Earlier than introducing a efficiency by Cher, he delivered an extremely raunchy three-minute stand-up routine that includes a few of his well-known soiled nursery rhymes — and a number of other phrases that are not match for print. Here is one of many poems that made him persona non grata with MTV: “Rockabye child on the treetop / Your mom’s a w****, I ain’t your pop.”
Courtney Love infamously interrupted Kurt Loder’s dwell interview with Madonna throughout the 1995 MTV VMAs by throwing make-up on the Queen of Pop. “Courtney Love is in dire want of consideration proper now,” Madonna mentioned because the Gap frontwoman got here to take a seat along with her and the MTV host. (“No, do not please,” Madonna responded when Kurt requested if they need to invite Courtney to affix them.) After Madonna managed to excuse herself from the three-way interview, Courtney and Kurt continued chatting for a couple of minutes … till the interview got here to a sudden finish when the “Celeb Pores and skin” singer all of the sudden fell out of her chair. However that wasn’t the top of her wild evening… Later within the night, safety needed to drag Courtney off the stage within the pressroom when she began performing up behind the scenes throughout the present.
Prince closed out the 1991 MTV VMAs with a rendition of his hit single “Gett Off.” Halfway by way of his efficiency — which featured scantily clad backup dancers simulating an orgy — he gave a twirl … and revealed that his yellow swimsuit featured utterly sheer panels over his buttocks.
Girl Gaga took the stage throughout the 2011 MTV VMAs as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. After a three-minute bit throughout which Jo primarily roasted Gaga for her theatricality, Gaga-as-Joe sat at a piano and launched right into a rendition of her hit single “You and I.” She was later joined on stage by backup dancers dressed like Jo and by Queen guitarist Brian Might, who shredded his guitar as Jo climbed atop the piano. Later within the night, Jo returned to the stage to current the Video Vanguard Award to Britney Spears … and to make some lewd feedback in regards to the pop princess. (They practically kissed after Jo handed over Britney’s Moonman trophy!) However that wasn’t the top of Jo, who closed out the evening by visiting the press room to conduct a couple of behind-the-scenes interviews.
Beyonce made her debut as a solo artist throughout the 2003 MTV VMAs. She kicked off her efficiency by singing “Child Boy” whereas descending from the highest of the stage the wrong way up. She then transition into her large hit “Loopy in Love,” accompanied by then-boyfriend JAY-Z. (They did not publicly reveal they had been a pair till the next yr.)
When Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston took the stage from reverse instructions in matching brown robes throughout the 1998 MTV VMAs, everybody froze. The two powerhouse singers — contemporaries who shot into the highlight across the identical time — had been typically pitted in opposition to one another within the press, which pushed a story that the divas had been feuding. Nope! Reasonably than letting the rivalry rumors get the very best of them, the 2 girls made gentle of the state of affairs. A number of months later, they launched the duet “When You Imagine” from the film “The Prince of Egypt.” The ability ballad went on to win the Oscar for finest authentic track.
Gwen Stefani has been giving us main seems because the ’90s — however none as adorably out-there because the ensemble she wore to the 1998 MTV VMAs. The No Doubt frontwoman paired a furry bikini high with a Judy Jetson-inspired skirt over loose-fitting black pants and platforms sandals. She wore her blue cotton-candy-colored hair in house buns and accomplished her look with henna tattoos and a bindi plus a number of extra face jewels wrapped round her eyes.
“Miley, what’s good?” It is some of the buzzed-about traces within the historical past of the MTV Video Music Awards. When Nicki Minaj took the stage to simply accept the Moonman for finest rap video throughout the 2015 VMAs, she made some extent of calling out Miley Cyrus, who hosted the present that yr, for making disparaging feedback about her within the press. Here is what began the drama between the 2 girls: Regardless that the music video for Nicki’s hit “Anaconda” broke streaming information on YouTube, it did not rating a nomination for video of the yr in 2015. “When the ‘different’ ladies drop a video that breaks information and impacts tradition they get that nomination. … In case your video celebrates girls with very slim our bodies, you may be nominated for vid of the yr,” she tweeted two months earlier than the present, referencing the VMAs’ historical past of overlooking girls of shade. Then, when requested to touch upon Nicki’s perspective throughout an interview with The New York Instances within the days main as much as the VMAs, Miley dismissed the rapper by calling her “not too sort.” Lower to Nicki’s acceptance speech, throughout which she referred to as Miley “this b**** that had loads to say about me the opposite day within the press.” As a hush fell over the surprised dwell viewers, Miley tried to get issues again on monitor: “Hey, we’re all on this business. All of us do interviews and everyone knows how they manipulate [stuff],” she mentioned earlier than congratulating Nicki on her massive win and letting out a deep sigh. Nicki, in the meantime, might be seen angrily gesturing and cursing at Miley, although the microphone nearest her had apparently been muted.
The 2016 MTV VMAs had been all about Rihanna. Not solely did she carry out 4 totally different occasions throughout the present, however she additionally took dwelling the Video Vanguard Award that evening. And who higher to current her with the enduring prize than her frequent collaborator and rumored ex Drake? The rapper launched RiRi by calling her “somebody I’ve been in love with since I used to be 22 years outdated” and “considered one of my finest mates on this planet.” Aww! Rihanna, in the meantime, laughed and rolled her eyes, making it very clear the place Drake stands along with her: squarely within the good friend zone.
Who can neglect Michael Jackson’s iconic efficiency on the 1995 MTV VMAs? The King of Pop and rocker Slash reduce some of the memorable silhouettes in popular culture historical past: The pair stood downstage as wind machines blew smoke round them whereas MJ danced and Slash killed the guitar solo throughout “Black or White.” When the efficiency ended, the gang at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor went wild!
Throughout the 2013 MTV VMAs — greater than a decade after they launched their fourth and closing album, 2001’s “Celeb” — the lads of *NSYNC reunited to honor Justin Timberlake as he obtained the Video Vanguard Award. Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, JC Chasez and Joey Fatone joined JT on stage to carry out a medley of two of their hits: “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye.” Cue the screaming! (They have not carried out collectively once more since then.)
Following a run of unhealthy conduct (a DUI, assault expenses, a mop bucket-urination incident and extra) that almost derailed his profession, Justin Bieber introduced his apology tour to the 2015 MTV VMAs. Following a efficiency of his hit “The place Are Ü Now,” the then-controversial pop star carried out “What Do You Imply?” dwell for the very first time. It turned out to be an particularly emotional expertise for the singer, who ended his set in tears as the gang rewarded him with a standing ovation.
Throughout the 1996 MTV VMAs, the unique members of Van Halen — Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony — reunited for the primary time in additional than a decade to current the award for finest male video. Followers beloved the reunion, which was greater than a bit of awkward, however nonetheless had everybody questioning, “Why Cannot This Be Love?” Sadly, David, who’d left the band in 1985, later accused his former bandmates of utilizing him as a publicity stunt, which shut down any hopes for a everlasting reconciliation — a minimum of till 2007 when he rejoined the band for good.
In some of the emotional moments in MTV VMAs historical past, Janet Jackson took the stage throughout the 2009 MTV VMAS to have fun brother Michael Jackson, who’d died simply three months earlier, with a incredible efficiency that showcased three of his greatest hits — “Thriller,” “Dangerous” and “Easy Legal” — together with their collaboration “Scream.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the home because the pop star honored her late massive brother.
That is one approach to promote your album! Posing for photographers at an award present is nice publicity, however Macy Grey wished to verify folks knew about her subsequent album too. The singer confirmed up on the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards on this self-serving getup — a scorching pink and blue metallic costume full with an commercial for her upcoming launch. The costume learn “My new album drops Sept. 18, 2001” on the entrance and “Purchase it” on the again. Hey, social media did not exist but, so we will not blame her!