Presenting: The Most Cringe-Worthy Moments of MTV Awards Show

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Thursday evening, the who’s who of Hollywood will put on their fancy pants and gather at the Staples Center for a night of shmoozing and self-appreciation. It’s the party of the year, otherwise known as the MTV Video Music Awards. In years past, we’ve seen some jaw-dropping performances — including Madonna‘s of “Like a Virgin” in 1994, Michael Jackson‘s 1995 medley, and Britney Spears‘ 2001 python-draped rendition of “I’m a Slave 4 U” —  and crazy pop culture mash-ups. But for every Madonna/Britney lip lock and Lady Gaga meat dress, there was also a Fartman. (A what? Click on to find out.) While filled with moments that would become iconic, the VMAs and MTV Movie Awards are also full of instances we’d like to forget.

To get ready for the 2012 VMAs that air Thursday night, we have decided not to take a look back at the show’s highlights, but rather its low-lights. From the now-infamous Interrupting Kanye West to Fiona Apple’s rant against the entertainment industry, we’ve compiled the most awkward moments from MTV award shows. Let the cringing begin!

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.

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