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MTV Video Music Awards: Iconic Moments of the Past

The annual MTV Video Music Awards aired live for all music fans on Sunday August 28. Each year of this award show has brought viewers amazing performances, satisfying wins, fashionable outfits, and of course, unforgettable music videos.

As we look back on the MTV VMAs, we pick our favorite unforgettable moments from past shows, including this year.

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Iconic moments of the MTV Video Music Awards

Britney Spears performs “I’m a Slave for You” (2001)

Britney Spears always strived to put on a memorable performance whether it was through her choreography, costumes, set pieces, or props. In 2001, she rocked the MTV VMA stage, emerging as a mature and fearless popstar ready to do whatever it takes to keep the audience entertained. As she sang her hit, “I’m a Slave for You,” she appeared in a cage with a tiger, eventually laying a python on her shoulders. At this point, we knew that her “Baby One More Time” days were over.

Michael Jackson moonwalks the night away (1995)

At the 12th MTV VMAs, Michael Jackson performed a medley of his greatest hits from “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and more. While his stage presence, vocals, and dance skills are enough to get the crowd rolling, special effects like colored lights, fog, and fire lit up the stage. We even got a cameo guitar solo from the one and only Slash.

Lady Gaga’s struts in a meat dress (2010)


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Can we hear a little commotion for the dress? Let’s take a look back on how this shocked not only the VMAs but the fashion world, the pop culture sphere, and the whole country. This was Lady Gaga’s 3rd outfit of the night, where she accepted the award for Video of the Year for “Bad Romance.” Whether you love the dress or hate it, it sparked controversy and who doesn’t love a little bit of controversy?

Beyonce announces her pregnancy (2011)

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Beyonce loves to drop surprises on the world. Surprise albums. Surprise babies. You name it. When the star took to the stage to perform “Love On Top.” During the song she opened her sequined suit jacket, and showed off her baby belly, proving she was pregnant with her first child Blu Ivy. The crowd erupted in applause with Kanye West cheering on Jay-Z. It was a moment of pure happiness and positivity. Now, Blu Ivy is 10 years old.

Madonna stuns with “Like a Virgin” (1984)

Madonna shook up the idea of award shows forever with her 1984 performance of “Like a Virgin.” Pushing against sexual taboos already, the singer wore a gown with stilettos and a bustier. At one moment, she had lost both of her shoes, and when trying to get them back on she mistakenly flashed the audience.

Instead of hiding from the malfunction, Madonna embraced it, changing culture forever. We have Madonna as someone to thank for navigating the tricky but important idea of sensuality in music and beyond.

MTV Video Music Awards moments from the Hollywood.com vault

 2007 VMA red carpet  

On one of music’s biggest nights for music fans everywhere, Hollywood.com got the chance to be up close and personal with so many stars. Reporter Margi Blash takes viewers on her exciting adventure as she spots icons like RihannaMary J. BligeAdam Lambert, and even a younger more punk-looking Travis Barker.

This year’s theme followed the return of Britney Spears to the stage, with everyone waiting in anticipation for her performance. How time flies right? Now in 2022, fans around the globe celebrate Britney’s comeback to the music industry, singing a duet with Elton John called “Hold Me Closer.”

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2016 VMA red carpet

At this year’s show, Hollywood.com filmed footage of stars like BeyonceNick JonasAriana Grande, and Alicia Keys. There’s even some interviews with Lance Bass, Fifth HarmonyJoe Jonas with band DNCE, Ty Dolla Sign, and the 2016 Olympic Women’s Gymnastic team.

Check out more VMA Hollywood.com red carpet footage below 

2017 red carpet

2018 red carpet

2019 red carpet

Our favorite moments from the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards

Another MTV VMA award show has gone by, filled with big wins, amazing performances, and shocking surprises. Here’s a look at some of the moments that caught our eye at this year’s awards.

Nicki Minaj performs “Greatest Hits Medley” to accept Vanguard Award

MTV awarded the rapper the prestigious Vanguard award for all her contributions in the music industry. To celebrate her honor, Nicki Minaj performed a collection of her greatest hits from “Super Bass,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Anaconda,” and her newest single “Super Freaky Girl.” The crowd cheered and danced along to the icon, while those at home followed along on their TV screens.

Taylor Swift announces new album

How many more surprise albums can Taylor drop on us?! When accepting the award for Video of the Year for “All Too Well,” Taylor Swift thanked her fans for all their support these past years. “I had sort of made of my mind that if you were gonna be this generous,” Taylor shared in her speech, “I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21.”

As the clock struck midnight, Taylor Swift posted to Instagram to announce that the album is called Midnight.


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