The MTV Video Music Awards may pass out Moonmen to its winners, but the award show is better known for giving music fans unforgettably shocking moments.
It’s been 30 years since Madonna popped out of a wedding cake and rolled around on the stage, but her VMA performance is still fresh in our minds. And it was only last year that Miley Cyrus twerked up a storm of controversy with Robin Thicke – certainly no one’s forgotten that. While viewers can depend on MTV to deliver the OMGs to kick off awards season, some things have changed.
To make it easy for VMA viewers of all ages, we transformed the award show’s most shocking moments into today’s most popular form of communication: Emoji. It’s the easiest way to express our feelings about the events that left us at a loss for words.
Of the array of odd outfits Lady Gaga has sported on the VMA carpet, her meat dress is the most memorable, and probably the worst-smelling. The “Bad Romance” singer donned pounds of raw beef, including on her shoes and hair, fitted into a tight bodice with flowing tenderloins as her award-show ensemble.
Kanye Speaks His Mind (2009)
Most of the world adores Beyoncé, but not as much as Kanye West. The rapper shocked Taylor Swift and VMA viewers when he stormed onstage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video to proclaim that Queen B had the best video of the year. You know what they say: If you like it, you should’ve put a ring on it, Kanye.
Emerging rapper Eminem ensured viewers wouldn’t forget his face by storming the 2000 Radio City Music Hall with a sea of angsty, bleached blond clones. Even surrounded by dozens of doppelgängers, Eminem’s speedy rhyming skills made it easy to tell who the real Slim Shady truly was.
Diana Ross Gets Supremely Handsy (1997)
Music legend Diana Ross wasn’t shy about sharing her thoughts on Lil’ Kim’s revealing outfit; in fact, the Supremes singer was very hands-on. In the midst of their presentation at the podium, Ross reached over and gave the rapper’s partially exposed breast a memorable light bounce.
Bass to the Face (1992)
The godfathers of grunge learned gravity is a cruel and undeniable force during their VMA performance of “Lithium.” Nirvana’s bassist, Krist Novoselic, decided to chuck his axe to the sky in the middle of the number, only to have the guitar fall on top of his head. Ouch!
Like a Virgin-ish (1984)
Before she smooched her way across the VMA stage, Madonna and her cake performed “Like a Virgin” all on their own. What started off as simple wedding-themed number turned into a wild, floor-rolling escapade, setting up the Material Girl as the VMAs’ go-to lady for taboo material.