MTV Video Music Awards: The Best & Boldest Moments

From a stage-crashing Kanye West to touching Michael Jackson tributes to Lady Gaga's outrageous looks, see the must-see moments from the VMAs (14 Photos)

Ali Gray on Sep 13, 2009 at 10:47PM

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MTV Video Music Awards: The Best & Boldest Moments

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Jay-Z's Ode to the Big Apple

In a fitting final number for the New York City-based show, Jay-Z took the stage with Alicia Keys for a performance of "Empire State of Mind" from his latest album The Blueprint 3. Beyonce's beau rapped while Alicia manned the piano in her typical diva style.  The N.Y.C.-born duo was joined – much to the surprise of Jay-Z and Keys – by Brooklyn native and America's Best Dance Crew judge Lil Mama for the end of the number. 

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