For the last 40 years, the Video Music Awards (VMAs) have delivered unpredictable and iconic moments for some of the music industry’s biggest stars.
When the biggest and best musicians on the planet with huge personalities come together in one room, it’s no surprise that something can happen.
Since the VMAs first appeared in 1984, fans have witnessed incredible moments, from Lady Gaga’s controversial stage performance to Britney and Madonna kissing.
Let’s dive in.
The most controversial moments at the VMAs
Kanye West steals the mic from Taylor Swift
Tay Tay will go down in history when Kanye West took the mic for Best Female Video. Sadly, this is whether she wants to. The Gold Digger singer yelled, “Let me finish, Beyoncé had one of the greatest videos of all time,” before walking off stage.
The hot-tempered West (now called Ye) dove into Taylor Swift’s well-deserved moment to create one of the most awkward moments in awards ceremony history.
The audience was speechless, including Queen Bey herself in the crowd.
And later it turns out that 2009 certainly had more controversial moments at the VMAs than any other year.
Lady Gaga ‘hanging on stage’
Lady Gaga has made headlines throughout her career with her scandalous, conversation-inducing outfits, red carpet moments, and stage performances. Gaga at her VMAs in 2009 was no exception.
She earned nine VMA nominations in her first year of eligibility. She performed famous paparazzi singles for the big night.
After the mask and wild choreography of “Be There,” the performance turns to “Kill Lady Gaga,” where she closes Peroformann’s suspension with a bloody face, artistically speaking.
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Comedian Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay banned for life
If we’re talking about controversial moments at the VMAs, we need to be talking about permanently banned celebrities.
Coming-of-age comics Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay was asked to introduce Cher. But it turned out to be her three acrimonious minutes for her 1989 television. Clay also apparently said he shouldn’t say two of George Carlin’s “7 Words” on TV.
He was subsequently banned from MTV, and the station apparently hasn’t reconsidered the decision in the decades that followed.
He reappears in the sketch three years later, teasing the exact circumstances in which he was permanently banned.
Clay, who continues to perform to this day, was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy after waking up last year with a droopy face, according to TMZ.
Fiona Apple’s rant after winning the award
In 1997, Best New Artist winner Fiona Apple ranted about popular culture.
“Maya Angelou wants it that way,” she ranted about idolizing pop stars, explaining that her acceptance speech was different because she wanted to get her thoughts off her chest. .
“You shouldn’t model your life based on what we think is cool, what we wear, what we say and all that. Go for yourself.”
But she thanked her mother.
Lady Gaga wears a dress made of meat
The Born This Way singer returned again the following year after a controversial performance at the VMAs with 40 pounds of thin-cut Argentinian beef.
This year, 2010, she was nominated for 13 times, but her red carpet outfits caught the world’s attention.
She later told Ellen DeGeneres,
She also had a beef-wrapped hat, heels, and purse — in case the dress wasn’t enough.
After the meat costume was preserved, it was displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Michael Jackson accidentally received a non-existent award
The King of Pop had a controversial moment when he won the fictional “Millennium Artist” award at the VMAs in 2002.
The late Jackson star had no idea the producers had prepared a cake and gift that looked like a trophy. This is because the show happened to be on his 44th birthday.
But when Jackson was backstage, he heard Britney Spears refer to the Man in the Mirror hitmaker as a “millennial artist.” I thought I was given
However, he continued with his sweet acceptance speech and even thanked David Blaine. In the end, they went with the flow and gave the star a standing ovation.
Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus twerking
In 2013, the world wanted to close its eyes to see Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke twerking. It also led to the dance act being pushed into the mainstream.
Chic, in a striped black and white suit, stood behind Miley and perched as she twisted. I put on
It ended up asking MTV to keep the awards ceremony “clean” the following year. Miley’s father, Billy Ray, was also named as a member of the Advisory Board.
It’s also the same year it was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary, reports the BBC.
Britney and Madonna kiss
Well, to discuss the controversial moment, we have to talk about that kiss at the VMAs. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage with Like a Virgin singer Madonna in 2003 I played this song in
But when both Disney stars tried to break out of the typecasting box from their early days, they tried to show the world that they were no longer innocent.
Madonna kissed both Christina and Britney on stage during their performance. The rest is history.
The pair also later teased kissing in a collaboration with Me Against the Music Video.
Drake confesses his love for Rihanna
In 2016, the Hotline Bling singer confessed her love for Umbrella hitmaker Rihanna when presenting the Video Vanguard Awards.
At the time, he declared Rhi Rhi to be one of his “best friends”. Drake also said he had been in love with her since he was 22.
But two years later, she said she felt “offended” by the heartfelt speech, Insider wrote.
“The VMAs are a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me and knowing people who have won awards in the past made it feel like a big deal,” she said. said.
“Waiting for that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments. I don’t like being blown up.”
She later revealed that while they had no “friendship”, they were not “enemies”.
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