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10 Iconic Moments from the MTV VMAs Over the Years

Published on August 27th, 2017 | Updated on August 27th, 2017 | By FanFest

2001- Britney & the Snake

Long before all of the Taylor Swift snake drama, we had that iconic moment when Britney Spears whipped out an actual snake during her performance of “Slave 4 U” in 2001? This moment is still one of the most memorable moments to come out of the VMAs.

2003 – That time Madonna, Britney and Christina Made Out

A couple years later Britney was back in the VMA spotlight. It’s easy to forget that Christina Aguilera was actually on stage during this 2003 moment that left people completely shook, especially Justin Timberlake. The camera cut to Britney’s ex immediately after she locked lips with Madonna, nearly cutting off Christina’s own kiss with Madge.

2009- Janet’s Michael Jackson Tribute

The 2009 VMAs premiered just a few weeks after Michael Jackson died and fans were treated to a totally badass and beautiful tribute to the King of Pop by his sister, Janet.

2009- The Infamous Kanye/Taylor Moment

I mean this moment speaks for itself, but for lack of better words, it was definitely the best moment in VMA history.

2010- Taylor innocent

Swift was able to say her peace the following year after the Kaney drama at the scene of the crime when she gave an emotional performance of her song “Innocent”, which was written about the incident.

2010- Lady Gaga wears a meat dress

2010 was also the year that Lady Gaga wore a dress made entirely of raw meat. It was totally controversial and condemned by basically every animal rights group, but Gaga vehemently defended the outfit saying that it was a statement about fighting for what you believe in.

2011- Beyonce reveals she’s pregnant

Queen Bey ended her spectacular performance of “Love on Top” by opening her blazer to reveal that she was pregnant. The entire crowd went wild and the joy on Jay-Z’s face really takes the cake.

2013 – Hannah Montana Who?

Oh, Miley. This is definitely a top contender for most memorable VMA moments. The Disney star was in the midst of shedding her Hannah Montana image and took it extremely far during her performance with Robin Thicke. It was Miley like people had never seen before, but it was only the beginning. She took to Instagram today to make a fun callback to the night.

2013 – Taylor calls out Harry Styles

Taylor Swift has definitely brought the drama to the VMAs throughout her career and one standout moment was when she called out Harry Styles after winning the award for Best Female Video she made sure to throw in the subtle “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I have one of these.” Then cut to an awkward Harry in the audience.

2015 – What’s Good Miley

While accepting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2015, Nicki Minaj randomly called out Miley Cyrus for some comments she had made earlier in the week. Cyrus, who was hosting the awards that year, brushed the comments off and continued on.



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