With the MTV Video Music Awards coming up this Sunday, we’ve dipped back into the recesses of our memory, reminiscing about awards shows past. None of us were alive when they kicked off in ’84 with Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” performance, but MTV did enough countdowns for millennials to make us all feel like we were at the damn thing. Every summer since Madonna humped the floor in a bridal gown has usually ended with a very special WTF VMA moment to ponder for all time.
The #mosttalkedaboutawardshow provided an annual stage for some crazy shit to go down. This year, it may be Beyoncé’s night as far as awards are concerned, but it’s anyone’s game. Whoever gets the moon man pales in comparison to whoever steals airtime with something earth-shattering. For every gracious acceptance speech, we get a sex foam finger or some good old fashioned shade throwing. There was that guy from Rage Against the Machine who climbed the scaffolding, Courtney Love hijacking an extra awkward Kurt Loder during his interview with Madonna, and Madonna, again, sucking face with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Here are ten of the craziest moments we’re lucky aired on the MTV VMAs. We’ve handed out awards for each in thanks.
No. 1 | Best Repurposing of the Everyday
Lady Gaga's meat dress
No. 2 | Best Entrance
Rose McGowan's naked dress
No. 3 | Best Mood Lightening
When Diana Ross jiggled Lil' Kim's boob
No. 4 | Best Display of Douchery
The new classic: "Imma let you finish"...when Kanye West hijacked Taylor Swif's acceptance speech to pepper in some thoughts and show what an asshole he was
No. 5 | Best Way to Get Your Name Out There For the First Time
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tim Commerford climbing the scaffolding and chiling until he got arrested
No. 6 | Best Way To Show that White Suburbia Is Behind You
Eminem and his army of Slim Shady lookalikes
No. 7 | Best Way to Rub Your Belly In Public Without Seeming Rude
Beyoncé revealing that she was pregnant when she closed her "Love On Top" performance
No. 8 | Best Way to Infiltrate Every Conversation
Miley Cyrus'...performance with Robin Thicke and the foam finger
No. 9 | Best Way to Show You're Probably the Least Like a Virgin
Britney Spears' glitter thong that made pulling up her pants futile in "Oops I Did It Again"
No. 10 | Best Way to Show How Important Britney Spears is Compared to That Other Girl
Have Madonna kiss her AND Christina Aguilera. Britney Spears = America's sweetheart. X-tina the one who is dirty and real