The most outrageous moments in VMAs history

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MTV may have Madonna to thank for putting the VMAs on the map. The songstress performed her iconic song "Like A Virgin" at the inaugural 1984 awards. But her show was everything but innocent - Madonna emerged from a 17-foot tall wedding cake dressed in a wedding dress, a bustier and a BOY TOY belt buckle. But a wardrobe mishap involving a flying stiletto was certainly the cherry on top. Afterwards, many claimed Madonna's career was over before it even started. If they only knew...  

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Talk about night and day! Madonna made up for her disastrous 1984 VMAs spectacle with a performance that will surely be remembered as one of the greatest in the show's history. The singer blew away the crowd with a perfectly choreographed performance of her trend-setting song "Vogue" in 1990. And those Renaissance-inspired costumes? Enough said. 

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Howard Stern's made-up superhero "Fart Man" made its debut at the 1992 VMAs. His co-presenter, Luke Perry, was in for quite a treat after the radio personality descended from the rafters in an unbelievable costume that exposed both his midriff and buttocks. From the looks of this picture, "Fart Man" had no reservations revealing everything - and more. 

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The first four minutes of Nirvana's 1992 VMAs performance was pretty standard - until guitarist Krist Novoselic knocked himself out with his own guitar. Novoselic threw his bass in the air and appeared to catch it, but it actually landed on his head instead. We can only assume that made for one gnarly concussion...

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Michael Jackson's unbelievably awkward kiss with then-wife Lisa Marie Presley at the 1994 VMAs left viewers everywhere confused. Rumors swirled claiming the cringeworthy onstage kiss was a complete scam, especially with the King of Pop's public relations nightmare at the time. Scam or not, it will certainly go down as one of the most infamous kisses in VMAs history. 

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Singer Fiona Apple revealed her angst to the world and got brutally honest at the 1997 VMAs during her acceptance speech for the "Best New Artist" award. Apple gave one of the most inflammatory speeches in the history of any awards show by declaring "Life is Bullsh*t." 

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Diana Rose got a little handsy at the 1999 VMAs. While presenting the award for "Best Hip-Hop Video," Ross gave rapper Lil' Kim the warmest of welcomes as reached in and grabbed her breast. Lil' Kim made headlines in her own way with her fantastically purple - could we even call it an outfit - getup. 

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Eminem certainly knows how to shock an audience - and his 2000 VMA's performance is no exception. His career-defining "The Real Slim Shady" performance might be the most epic in VMAs history. The rap artist surprised fans by entering Radio City Music Hall with an army of Marshall Mathers lookalikes while the real Slim Shady himself later took home the award for "Video of the Year." 

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In one of Britney Spears' better VMA moments, the "Oops, I Did It Again" singer stripped down to a barely-there sparkling nude costume at the awards show in 2000. Spears, who was on-stage performing Rolling Stones' massive hit "Satisfaction," might have pulled off the sexiest - and greatest - striptease of all time to the legendary song.

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If there was an award for "Worst Sport," Tim Commerford from Rage Against the Machine would sweep the vote. After losing "Best Rock Video" to Limp Bizkit at the 2000 VMAs, Commerford lost it and climbed the stage's scaffolding during Fred Durst's acceptance speech. Bandmate Zach de la Rocha was apparently so disgusted by his behavior that it spurred the group's breakup shortly afterwards. 

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Britney Spears' 2001 'Slave 4 U' performance will surely go down as the most exotic in VMAs history. In legendary Britney fashion, the songstress flashed her perfectly toned abs in a bedazzled number while casually holding a massive albino snake. 

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The 2002 VMAs were coincidentally on Michael Jackson's birthday and MTV thought it would be a nice gesture to throw an impromptu party. Britney Spears, who was slated to introduce the King of Pop, referred to Jackson as the "artist of the millennium." She brought him out alongside a huge cake and sparkling trophy - but things got majorly awkward. Jackson thought he had been presented with an "Artist of the Millennium" award and went on to make a very emotional acceptance speech. While the crowd was slightly confused, they rolled with it like good sports and gave him a standing ovation when he finished. 


Britney Spears and Madonna's infamous 2003 lip-lock might go down as the steamiest moment in VMAs history. In the middle of performing a medley of hits, Madonna stunned audiences by leaning over for the headline-making kiss. Of course, Spears obliged and the rest was history. 

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She's certainly not a comeback queen! Britney Spears made all the wrong moves in her lackluster 2007 VMAs performance of "Gimme More." The former child-star shocked the audience in all the wrong ways as she appeared on stage with a skimpy bedazzled number, fishnet stockings and a not-so-subtle blonde weave. 

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Kanye West became the world's most infamous villain after his shocking "I'll let you finish" incident at the 2009 VMAs. After Swift won the "Female Video of the Year" award, West crashed the stage, grabbed the mic from the blonde songstress and belted out, "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time." While the two have mended fences since then, the world has been on the edge of their seats waiting for the next antic West will pull next. 

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Beyonce made one of the most epic - and cutest - announcements of all time at the 2011 VMAs. After her performance, the "Single Ladies" songstress unbuttoned her sparkly jacket and rubbed her belly - announcing her highly-anticipated pregnancy to the world. The camera then switched to a shot of hubby Jay-Z looking as proud as ever. Slay Queen B, slay. 

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Women - and perhaps even men - were crying tears of joy after *NYSNC surprised the audience with a brief reunion at the 2013 VMAs. The 2000s boy band sensation put on a stellar performance of their hit "Bye, Bye, Bye."  

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Jaws dropped at the 2013 VMA's during Robin Thicke's awkwardly inappropriate "Blurred Lines" performance with Miley Cyrus. The former "Hannah Montana" star twerked on Thicke in a very revealing nude two-piece and the crowd went wild. Can we expect the same wild antics from this year's VMAs host?

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The MTV Video Music Awards may be singlehandedly responsible for some of the most outrageous moments in pop culture history.

From Kanye West's infamous "I'll let you finish" incident with Taylor Swift to the unbelievably steamy Madonna, Britney lip-lock, we can always count on our favorite celebs to put on a wildly entertaining show.

With numerous jaw-dropping instances at VMAs shows in the past, we can certainly expect this year's show on August 30 to bring the same bizarre antics – especially with "Wrecking Ball" singer Miley Cyrus as host. Take a look back at the wildest moments in VMAs history above.

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