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MTV's Video Music Awards is known for its epic performances, controversial kisses, stunts, and even crashers.
Whether it's Britney Spears or Kanye West or Michael Jackson, someone always manages to leave their mark in VMA history.
Let's take a look back at the moments that keep us tuning in each and every year.
Madonna Kisses Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera (2003)
Courtesy of YouTubeThe opening performance of the 2003 VMAs featured the controversial kiss between Queen of Pop Madonna and Pop Princesses Spears and Christina Aguilera. Not many people remember that Christina also got in on the spit-swapping action. That's probably because the camera cut to Justin Timberlake's priceless reaction during the smooch.
Diana Ross Grabs Lil' Kim's Boob (1999)
Courtesy of YouTubeAll eyes were on Lil' Kim's boob when she walked the red carpet at the 1999 VMAs. Diana Ross giving Lil' Kim's pasty-covered boob a squeeze made the moment unforgettable.
Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)
Courtesy of YouTubePoor Taylor Swift. The best female music video winner couldn't contain her excitement when she received her first moon man, that is, until West stole the moment. The rapper professed that Beyonce's "Single Ladies" was "the best music video of all time." As sad as we were for TayTay, this legendary stunt brought us the greatest Kanye memes "of all time" and showed us how truly awesome Beyonce is.
Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley's PDA (1994)
Courtesy of YouTubeThe kiss between Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley was dubbed the most awkward and staged kiss in history. Not only did the cringe-worthy kiss confirm that their marriage was a sham, but it also didn't help MJ's child molestation charges.
Britney Spears' "Comeback" Performance (2007)
Courtesy of YouTubePlease, Britney, don't give us more! What was supposed to be her comeback performance after years of rehab stints, custody battles, and a shaven head, only made things worse for the fallen pop princess. Critics came down hard on Britney, commenting on her out-of-shape body, lazy stage presence and poor lip-syncing. Seriously, it looked like she gave up mid-way!
Courtney Love Crashes Madonna Interview (1995)
Courtesy of YouTubeMadonna's off-stage interview with Kurt Loder was interrupted when Madge was hit with Courtney Love's powder compact. Luckily, the queen kept her cool, allowing Courtney to make a complete fool of herself.
Beyonce Debuts Blu Ivy (2011)
Courtesy of YouTubeFor months many wondered if Beyonce and her hubby Jay Z were expecting their first child. If Beyonce saying, "I want you to feel the love growing inside of me," before her "Love on Top" performance didn't confirm the long-awaited news, then her baby bump rub at the end certainly did!
Nirvana Bassist Hits Himself With His Bass (1992)
Courtesy of YouTubeWhat goes up must come down! Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic threw his bass in the air, only to have it fall and hit him right smack on his head. The bassist stumbled off stage as his band members smashed their instruments and attempted to tear apart the stage.
Lady Gaga's Bleeding Performance (2009)
Courtesy of YouTubeLady Gaga tops her outrageous outfits and performances with each VMA year, (who could forget her 2010 meat dress?) but it was her chilling 2009 "Paparazzi" performance that continues to haunt us. Fast-forward to the 3:20 mark for the blood-gushing spectacle.
Rage Against the Machine Bassist Climbs Scaffold (2000)
Coutesy of YouTubeRage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford was so upset that his band lost best rock video to Limp Bizkit, that he climbed the scaffold to protest because, you know, that always makes the situation better.
Lil Mama Crashes "Empire State" Performance (2009)
Courtesy of YouTubeLil Mama was so inspired by Jay Z and Alicia Key's performance that she decided to jump on stage and bob her head along with the VMA vets. Somehow, Lil Mama misinterpreted Jay Z's leg shove as him "enjoying the moment" with her. But really, he just wanted her to get off the stage.
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