10 Of The Most Provocative VMA Moments

Who can forget the foam finger?

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The MTV Video Music Awards will be held this Sunday in LA and we can’t wait.

We’ve watched the VMAs since we were of an age that probably wasn’t suitable to watch the, quite often, PG-rated award show.

Here’s our round-up of the VMAs most memorable moments that had us react like the Smiths did in 2013:

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1. MILEY, A FOAM FINGER AND ROBIN THICKE

We’ll start with this year’s host: Miley Cyrus.

In 2013 Miley broke the internet (really she did – she was the most searched person that year, following the performance) by performing We Can’t Stop wearing a teddy bear costume, iconic double bun hair in tow while twerking upon Robin Thicke who who was sporting a questionable beetleuice suit.

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2. ‘I’M A SSSSSLAVE 4 U’

In 2001, Britney, at the top of her game, completed her performance wearing the ultimate accessory: a python. She also arrived on stage, in a cage, with a real-life tiger. Casual.

3. WHEN GAGA WORE HER MEAT DRESS

Five years ago, in 2010, Lady Gaga arrived on the Red Carpet in a dress made entirely from meat complete with accessories of a meat beret and meat lace-up boots.

We were so intrigued that we kind of wanted to see it up close, but didn’t really want to smell it up close…

4. ‘IMMA LET YOU FINISH BUT...’

As if we could forget a drunk Kanye West storming the stage in 2009 as a baby-faced, curly haired Taylor attempted to accept her moon man. Kanye’s interruption: ‘Beyoncé had one of the best videos of ALL TIME’ was met with a shocked looking Bey and a bewildered looking Taylor that we all just wanted to hug.

5. THE MJ AND LISA-MARIE KISS

We’re going to throwback to 1994 when Michael Jackson and his new wife, Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley walked out on stage together hand in hand to a standing ovation (we’re not quite sure why).

For some reason this then warranted a very awkward, yet passionate, kiss with Michael saying ‘Just think, nobody thought this would last’. Unfortunately it didn’t, they divorced two years later.

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6. WHEN BEYONCÉ ANNOUNCED SHE WAS WITH CHILD

Queen Bey set a twitter record in 2011 of 8,868 tweets per second, when she announced her pregnancy straight after performing Love On Top.

By announced we mean dropping her mic and unbuttoning her blazer to reveal a beautiful bump – all why smiling husband Jay-Z looked on from the audience.

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7. LIL KIM’S OUTFIT

In 1999, the queen of rap, Lil Kim, arrived in a purple one-sleeved catsuit that only covered one of her boobs.

Not to fear, this was done on purpose and Kim wore a nipple tassle in the shape of a shell to preserve her modesty. However, as you can see, Diana Ross thought otherwise…

8. WHEN LADY GAGA DRESSED UP AS A MAN CALLED JO

…and to be honest no one was quite sure why. In 2011, Gaga – sorry, Jo, recited a monologue before performing You and I. Brian May, of Queen fame also joined the singer on stage.

Jo then tried to kiss an awkward Britney on stage, before hanging out with his pals Kanye and Jay-Z to watch the rest of the show.

9. MILEY’S FRIEND ACCEPTING AN AWARD ON HER BEHALF

Miley broke the internet for the second year running at the 2014 VMAs, however this time it was for a very different reason.

After winning the moon man for Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball, she sent her (very hot) friend Jessie Helt, who was homeless, up to collect the award. Jessie used the platform to raise awareness for homeless youth, bringing the huge audience to silence.

10. THAT KISS

Of course, this list would be incomplete without THE ultimate VMA moment. In 2003, Madonna sang with both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, before making out with Britney... right as the camera panned to her uncomfortable looking ex, JT.

Words by: Olivia Blair