Top 10 MTV VMA's best moments ever

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 05:00 22/08/2014
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Stuff has compiled a list of our most memorable moments in the history of the VMAs.

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What was your favourite MTV VMA moment?

Kanye West and Taylor Swift

Madonna kisses Britney and Xtina

The King of Pop shows his class

Miley twerks

Madonna and her wedding cake

Lady Gaga beefs up

Nirvana's bass in the face

The Real Slim Shad

Britney Spears, gimmie less

Diana Ross gets handy

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The MTV video music awards (VMAs) are renowned for throwing up some of the more memorable performances and moments in the year of entertainment.

This year's awards will be held on Monday and will feature Kiwi songstress Lorde presenting an award, as well as being nominated in two categories.

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It has been 30 years since Madonna sat atop a wedding cake before rolling around on the stage at the first awards ceremony.

In honour of that, we have compiled our list of the most memorable moments in the history of the VMAs.

1. Kanye West and Taylor Swift
"Ima let you finish" is perhaps the most famous phrase to come out of the noughties.
West had just stormed on stage as Swift was starting her acceptance speech for best female video, snatched the microphone from her but told her he would let her finish.
He didn't. Instead, he proceeded to tell her why Beyonce should have won the award.
The awkwardness is amazing.

2. Madonna kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera 
These two kisses sent shockwaves around the world. It was 2003 and maybe the world wasn't ready for a woman-on-woman kiss.
By the look on Justin Timberlake's face, he sure wasn't.

3. The King of Pop shows his class 
Michael Jackson proved why he was the King of Pop at the 1995 show, producing a 15-minute medley of some of his biggest hits.
Beat It, Billie Jean, The Way You Make Me Feel and Black Or White were all there, and he did it with a plethora of crotch-grabbing, moonwalking, costume-changing antics.

4. Miley twerks
It sparked criticism from all corners, but with a little booty shaking and grinding, Miley Cyrus was able to transform herself from Hannah Montana into a raunchy pop star at last year's awards.
Whatever you think of her, or the performance, it has done her album sales a world of good and she is now the biggest pop star in the world.

5. Madonna and her wedding cake 
It was 30 years ago that Madonna sat perched upon her cake, the world not knowing what it was about to witness.
The rolling, sensual delivery of her Like A Virgin hit was a shock for many people and helped set the standard for VMA performances.

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6. Lady Gaga beefs up
This was just bizarre, but then again, Lady Gaga is a bizarre sort of person.
She showed up at the 2010 awards wearing a dress made from kilograms of raw beef, including on her shoes and hair.

7. Bass in the face 
Nirvana brought rock to the awards in 1992, and the producers probably wished they never invited them.
They performed Lithium. Well, that was until bassist Krist Novoselic throws his guitar high in the air, misjudges it and gets hit in the face by it.
From there it turns into a beautiful farce. Novoselic stumbles off the stage, while Dave Grohl taunts Guns N Roses lead singer Axl Rose, who had challenged Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to a fight backstage.
And people thought West interrupting Swift was bad.

8. The Real Slim Shady 
One of the better performances witnessed at the awards, Eminem's 2000 show enhanced his standing as one of the leading artists in the world - a show full of angst and anger .

9. Britney Spears, gimme less 
It has gone down as one of the worst live performances ever.
Spears stumbles and mumbles her way through Gimme More at the 2007 awards.
At one point Rihanna can be seen laughing at the fallen star.

10. Diana Ross gets handy
Music legend Diana Ross wasn't shy about sharing her thoughts on Lil' Kim's revealing outfit in 1997.
She got very hands-on with the outfit, reaching over and giving the rapper's partly exposed breast a memorable light tap.

What is your favourite VMA moment? Let us know in the comments below.

- Stuff

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