Friday 23 June 2017

MTV VMAs: The most memorable bits of all time

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7: American rock musician and actress, Courtney Love, is dragged off the press podium backstage at the 12th annual MTV Awards on September 7, 1995 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7: American rock musician and actress, Courtney Love, is dragged off the press podium backstage at the 12th annual MTV Awards on September 7, 1995 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The world has barely stopped reeling/retching after Miley Cyrus' hyperactive twerking and impulsive tongue-poking performance with Robin Thicke last year and it's suddenly MTV VMA time again.

What treasures could possibly await us on stage this year?  Given Nicki Minaj has just released her controversial 'Anaconda' video (watch here) we suspect her act might make Miley and Robin look like Sonny and Cher.

Watch this space.

Beyonce is also performing on Sunday night and although it's likely to be an impressive turn we doubt she'll resort to twerking, or trying to lick her own ear. 

Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Maroon 5 and Iggy Azalea will undoubtedly impress but our money is on Minaj to provide this year's Miley-gate.

Sure what would the VMAs be with a stunt or two?  A music video awards ceremony?  Boring.

To get you geared up for Sunday's cringefest, here's a reminder of the best bits over the years...

 

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke (2013)

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Photo: Reuters
 

 

Prior to last year's VMAs Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana.  Despite starring in The Last Song and getting engaged to co-star Liam Hemsworth she just couldn't shake her wholesome, innocent image. 

Until that performance, perfectly timed to garner as much publicity as possible prior to the release of Wrecking Ball three weeks later. 

And then that performance happened and with it came controversy and notoriety followed by the release of the single Wrecking Ball just weeks later - it became her first single to reach No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The accompanying video - featuring Cyrus swinging, naked, from a giant wrecking ball, set a Vevo record with 19.3m views in the first 24 hours.

 

Diana Ross feels Lil Kim's boob (1999)

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Mary J. Blige( left), Lil' Kim (right), and Diana Ross presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop video during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City on September 9, 1999. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
 

Diana Ross was very taken by Lil Kim's costume, or lack of costume.  Intrigued by the rapper's nipple decoration, she went ahead and had a feel.

 

Michael Jackson does a medley (1995)

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Michael Jackson during 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
 

It was like being at the ultimate wedding.  Michael Jackson performed a 15-minute medley of his hits including Billy Jean, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Black or White, Dangerous, You Are Not Alone and Beat It.  One of the most memorable performances ever.

 

Kanye West was a bit rude (2009)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kayne West (L) jumps onstage as Taylor Swift accepts her award for the "Best Female Video" award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
 

When Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video, Kanye West was outraged because as far as he was concerned "Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.  One of the best videos of all time!".  This is what he roard when he crashed the stage during poor Taylor's acceptance speech.  Cringe.

 

Courtney Love steals Madonna's thunder (1995)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7: American rock musician and actress, Courtney Love, is dragged off the press podium backstage at the 12th annual MTV Awards on September 7, 1995 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
 

Courtney was in exuberant for at the 1995 VMAs.  During Madonna's post-awards interview, the Hole frontwoman started chucking items from her makeup bag.  Host Kurt Loder invited her to join them.  Awkard.  Love was then removed from the press room.

 

Madonna, Britney, and Christina kiss (2004)

NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Singers Britney Spears(L), Madonna, and Christina Aguilera perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
 

Madonna kissed the girls four years before Kary Perry.  But the prospect of seeing the pop veteran on stage with her two pretenders was a lot more interesting than the reality. 

 

Britney's cringeworthy comeback (2007)

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LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Britney Spears performs during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
 

Before the night in question, the hype about Britney's 'comeback' performance on the VMAs was deafening.  When the 'performance' actually unfolded, however, all you could hear was the gnashing of teeth as viewers shielded their eyes from the car crash unfolding before them.  A clearly under-rehearsed Britney looked like she was walking through treacle as her backing dancers out-danced her and her timing went askew. 

 

Lady Gaga wore a deli counter for a dress (2010)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Singer Lady Gaga accepts the Video of the Year award onstage during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
 

Back in 2010 Lady Gaga offended veggies the world over by wearing a dress made of raw beef on the VMA red carpet, as you do.  Thankfully, her style has evolved since then, and stunts for the sake of stunts appear to have taken a back seat to her music.

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