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MTV's Video Music Awards Best Performances of All Time

Updated on March 15, 2017

Prince at The VMA's

Prince brings the rain. The Purple Rain. He started out rocking stages in the 1980's and he can still fill stadiums up now.
Prince brings the rain. The Purple Rain. He started out rocking stages in the 1980's and he can still fill stadiums up now. | Source

Biggest Surprises at The VMA's

1. Madonna-1984: Madonna performed Like a Virgin, dressed in a wedding gown and then proceeded to hump the floor during the song and she really did a lot of risky movements in front of a large, live television audience.

2. Andrew Dice Clay-1989: Clay was banned for life from MTV for performing his vulgar stand up act filled with cuss words live on national television.

3. Poison Fight-1991: Bret Michaels and C.C. Deville from the rock band Poison got into a fist fight on stage in front of everyone.

4. Kanye West-2009: Kanye West stormed the stage during Taylor Swifts acceptance speech and snatched her award.

5. Vince Neil-1989: Neil from Motley Crue punched and kicked Guitarist Izzy Stradlin of Guns-n- Roses.

Top 10 Hosts at The VMA's

1. Arsenio Hall (1988-1991)

2. Chris Rock (1997, 1999, 2003)

3. Jack Black (2006)

4. Eddie Murphy (1985)

5. Dana Carvey (1992)

6. Dennis Miller (1995, 1996)

7. Jaime Foxx (2001)

8. Ben Stiller (1998)

9. P. Diddy (2005)

10. Roseanne Barr (1994)

Top 10 Musical Performances

1. P. Diddy, Faith Evans and Sting performed the song, " I'll be missing you" for recently deceased rapper Notorious Big in 1997. It was a very emotional performance and, Diddy was all dressed out in white from head to toe.

2. Eminem performed The Real Slim Shady with 100 Eminem look a likes following him around. They all started outside on the street and marched into the show in unison in 2000. This was crazy to see all the look alikes.

3. Madonna performed her song Vogue dressed in 18th century French attire. Her dancers were dressed in the theme as well and this performance was in 1990.

4. Michael Jackson performed several times singing, and also dancing, while paying tribute to Selena who had passed away earlier that year. This VMA show happened in 1995.

5. Pink hung high above the fans in a trapeze type of contraption while singing her hit song entitled, Sober in 2009. It was a shocking yet, riveting performance by the pop star.

6. Alanis Morissette performed a hidden track called, Your House and it was very emotional. Alanis came to tears and chocked up singing this song in 1996.

7. Brittany Spears singing Oops I Did It Again and, Satisfaction. For the song Satisfaction, she wore a tuxedo but, later she ripped it off and looked naked. It was a skin colored outfit but it was shocking at first.The year was 2000.

8. Jay Z and Alicia Keys played Empire state of mind and they performed perfectly with all the stage dancing and effects you have come to expect. They showed up for this show in 2002.

9. Chris Brown soared across the crowd appearing to fly, as he performed Beautiful People in 2011.

10. Bon Jovi performed, Wanted Dead or Alive and Living on a Prayer, in 1989, in an acoustic show which led to, the creation of MTV Unplugged.

Pink at The Video Music Awards

Pink suspended herself above the crown on some huge lips while she belted out tunes.
Pink suspended herself above the crown on some huge lips while she belted out tunes. | Source

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Video Music Award Locations

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Los Angeles
Miami
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These are the five cities that have hosted the VMA's.

Top Acceptance Speeches

1. Lady Gaga (2010): Lady Gaga accepted the moon man for the year 2010, wearing a dress completely made of raw meat.

2. Beyonce`/Taylor Swift (2009): Kayne West rudely interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, claiming that Beyond deserved the award. Later in the show when Beyonce` was accepting an award herself, she called Taylor Swift back to the stage and let her finish her acceptance speech. This was a very emotional moment.

3. Beastie Boys (1999): Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys gave an emotional speech about raising awareness and having better security to protect the fans from harm. He was referring to Woodstock 99 where several people in the audience were sexually assaulted.

4. Notorious B.I.G.'s Mother (1997): Biggie Smalls was shot and killed but he still won Rap Video of the Year. His mom, Violetta Wallace accepted on his behalf, and gave an emotional speech against violence.

5. Fionna Apple (1997): Apple won the Best New Artist Award but, then gave a very rude and ungrateful speech. At the end she said that the world was bull s..t.





Michael Jackson at The 1995 VMA's

Humble Beginings

MTV originally started airing the Video Music Awards in 1984 and it slowly got bigger. Within 10 years it actually became a huge event that was attended by all types of celebrities not just musicians.

Brittany Spears at The VMA's

Brittany will do anything to entertain the fans including dance and sing with a Python.
Brittany will do anything to entertain the fans including dance and sing with a Python. | Source

Wildest VMA Moments

1. Comedian Andrew Dice Clay, performed a stand up routine at the 1989 VMA's. It was profanity laced and he was in effect banned for life from MTV.

2. Paul Reubens, AKA PeeWee Herman, came on stage after being arrested for exposing himself in public and asked the crowd, " Heard any good jokes lately?"

3. Madonna kissed Brittany Spears at the 2003 awards ceremony. They were singing together and they truly locked lips.

4. Miley Cyrus performed at the 2013 awards show wearing a flesh colored bikini.

5. Tommy Lee from Motley Crue and Kid Rock get into a fist fight at the 2007 VMA show in the audience. They fought while Alicia Keys performed onstage.

6. Brittany Spears sang her song, I'm a slave for you at the 2001 awards ceremony with a Albino Burmese Python wrapped around her body and neck.

7. Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine climbed a scaffold and sat 20 feet above the stage while Limp Bizkit accepted an award. Security finally convinced him to come back down.

8. Marilyn Manson performed his hit song, "Dope Show" at the VMA's in 1998 wearing a very tight latex suit. It had fake breasts and phony private parts.

9. Howard Stern caused a stink at the 1992 show, by dressing up as a character he called Fartman. The suit had the cheeks cut out in the back and he constantly passed gas.

10. Michael Jackson and then wife Lisa Marie Presley shared a long kiss to the delight of some and fright of others.

Janet Jackson at The VMA's

Janet Jackson lays it all on the line when she performs live.
Janet Jackson lays it all on the line when she performs live. | Source

I Love The Way You.....Perform

Eminem and Rihanna performing at the Video Music Awards.
Eminem and Rihanna performing at the Video Music Awards. | Source

Memorable Moments at The VMA's

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Not a big fan of MTV's VMAs but that was quite an interesting and well presented hub with some of the best moments of the awards. Thanks for sharing!

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