Sure,MTVplays music videos about as often as I tie a plastic shopping bag around my head because I forgot to bring my shower cap to my boyfriend's apartment—which is to say very rarely—but there's no denying the fact that the network more than makes up for the lack of videos with its annualVideo Music Awards.Whether it's incredible (Eminem rapping "Real Slim Shady" with an army of of doppelgangers marching behind him) or a hotmess.com (Jay-ZandAlicia Keys' performance of "Empire State of Mind" getting interrupted byLil Mama,who decided to bum rush the stageand then just walked around,bopping her head along to the music like she's shoe shopping in the mall),the VMAs always has those "Hey,did you see what happened last night," moments—which is why most of us still tune in.And it's why I'm going to be watching and recapping the VMAs when they air this Sunday night at 9 P.M.ET.So as I,and hopefully you,gear up for the newest soon-to-be-talked about pop-culture gems,let's relive the all-time most exciting,pause-and-rewind moments in the show's 28-year history.
Janet Jackson giving another incredible performance?Check.Me grabbing tissues because her performance is a moving tribute to her brother Michael Jackson who passed away?Double check.
14) Beyonce showing off baby bump after signing "Love on Top" at 2011 VMAs
Despite scandalously dressed celebs on the red carpet andLady Gagadressing up as her ludicrous alter egoJo Calderone,I think we can all agree that Beyonce took over the 2011 VMAs.Mere hours after revealing that she was pregnant,she delivered,pun intended,the showstopping performance of the night with "Love on Top" and then finished it off by unbuttoning her jacket and rubbing her belly.Cute!
12)Bon Joviplaying "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive" sans electronic accompaniment
People might make fun of Bon Jovi and think they're nothing but peddlers of stadium anthem rock,but they are,in fact,trendsetters in their own way.Take the 1989 VMAs for example: At the height of their fame and bombastic nature of a lot of their songs,they stripped down their act completely.Just Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora sitting on a couple of stools,strumming on two guitars,and singing their hearts out.This may seem pretty basic to us now—we've all been to coffee shops and seen local acts do this very same thing.The difference is that it inspired MTV's classiest and most-respected series in its history:MTV's Unplugged.How many other musicians can claim they spawned a critically acclaimed TV show that got musical giants such asBruce Springsteen,Lauryn Hill,andMariah Careyto do some of their most intimate performances in their entire careers?
- Prince's ass-less pants during 1991 VMA performance of "Get Off"
I mean,do I need to say anything else?The Great Purple One's butt cheeks look like two Lindor truffles peeking out of its wrapping.This moment is ballsy,insane,and perfect.Bow down,y'all.
9)Britney Spears' 2007 "Gimme More"/2001 "I'm a Slave 4 U" performances
The reason I grouped these two together is because you see Britney,who has been a fixture at the VMAs since the late '90s,at her best (serving Jack Hanna realness as she walks around the stage with a snake during "Slave 4 U") and worst (terrible lip-synching,barely there dance moves,and ill-fitting outfit during "More").The 2007 moment garnered tons of horrible reviews and countless cruel jokes,and I understand why.But I don't like to dwell on someone's failures,especially when they're symptomatic of a troubling personal life,so instead,I'm going to highlight the 2001 performance.Here we see Spears having fun,giving us diva attitude,and probably the most iconic VMA Britney moment beside the glitter body suit during her rendition of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction/Oops,I Did It Again":
6) R.Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" performance at the 2005 VMAs