Reliving the Most Memorable MTV Video Music Award Moments of All Time

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Reliving the Most Memorable MTV Video Music Award Moments of All Time


The MTV Video Music Awards are nothing if not entertaining. While they give out accolades and statuettes like at any good awards show, the fact that this is MTV means all bets are off.

As the setting is more relaxed than other ceremonies, musicians and artists often feel they have more room to play, allowing for majorly artistic and often wild moments. If artists on a first-name basis with your fans — i.e. pop stars named Miley, Madonna and Taylor — that often means they’ve had more than one major moment play out on the VMAs stage.

That’s just what Miley Cyrus did, managing to shock viewers (though not her longtime fans) when she twerked with Robin Thicke onstage in 2013, which she followed up two years later with a hosting gig that included an onstage feud with Nicki Minaj.

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Speaking of feuds, Taylor Swift’s bad blood with Katy Perry took center stage in 2017 — and she wasn’t even there! And the 2009 moment Kanye West interrupted Taylor during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video to campaign for Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” video has gone down as one of the most infamous moments in VMAs history.

Of course, performances have received their due as well, with Lizzo giving fans all the feels with her stage show lauding self-acceptance in 2019.

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And Madonna was one of the O.G. troublemakers when she performed “Like a Virgin” in 1984, which she took to new levels with the kiss heard around the world when performing her same pop hit with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003.

To check out all of the biggest moments in VMA history, click through the gallery below.

Fans can find out who reigns supreme this year when the 2023 VMAs air Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. And follow along at ETonline.com for full coverage from this year’s VMAs, including the complete list of the nominees and the night’s big winners.

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