As we gear up for the 2018 VMA’s and get ready to see which artists are going to pull some media stunt that will see them go down in music history, we were asked by BagGirl.com to take a look back and list our favourite VMA moments.
KANYE v TAYLOR
Kanye West put himself on the map and in the headlines when he interrupted Taylor’s Swift acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs to campaign for Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” video. He was subsequently removed from the awards show.
THE DRAKE & RIHANNA LOVE FEST
Drake professed his love for Rihanna while presenting her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs. RiRi was rumored to be dating the rapper at the time and he couldn’t stop gushing about her to the crowd.
NICKI MINAJ v MILEY CYRUS
The “Anaconda” rapper called out Cyrus for comments she had made in the press earlier in the week, leading to the now infamous, “Miley, what’s good?” Cyrus, who was hosting the show, brushed it off, but Minaj later said “I saw [Miley] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, What the!”
THAT TWERK OFF
Robin Thicke blurred some lines during his controversial performance at the 2013 VMAs, when the singer was joined onstage by a twerking Miley Cyrus.
BEY’S BABY BUMP
Beyonce didn’t even need words to announce her pregnancy at the 2011 VMAs. The singer simply rubbed her growing belly at the end of her show-stopping performance and the crowd went wild.
THE MEAT DRESS
Lady Gaga showed off her latest in a series of shocking fashion choices when she accepted her awards at the 2010 VMAs wearing a dress made entirely of meat.
Just a few months after Michael Jackson’s death, Janet Jackson staged an emotional tribute to her brother at the 2009 VMAs. The singer performed their duet “Scream” to a standing ovation.
Madonna returned to the VMA stage in 2003 with pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, who performed the singer’s hit “Like a Virgin.” While Madonna smooched both Britney and Christina, it was Brit-Brit’s controversial kiss that made headlines the next day.
SNAKES ON A STAGE
LIKE A VIRGIN
She wouldn’t be the controversial “Queen of Pop” if she wasn’t on this list more than once. Madge’s writhing, wedding-themed performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” at the 1984 Video Music Awards was controversial at the time, but has now cemented itself as VMA legend.