Unlike most of the boring, humdrum award shows out there, you can always guarantee that a Jerry Springer-type moment will happen at the MTV Video Music Awards. And with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and newcomer Sam Smith all scheduled to appear at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, we’re pretty sure that this year will be no different.
The festivities get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Much.
Here’s our picks for the 10 craziest moments from the VMAs:
Lady Gaga’s meat dress, 2010
Never has an outfit that actually covered someone up caused this much controversy. The tongue-wagging pop star showed up on the red carpet dressed as a steak, and it made the front pages of every newspaper the next day.
Eminem threatens Moby, 2002
Their war of words came to a head when, after Slim Shady accepted the award for Best Male Video, (he) called the DJ a “little girl.” After hearing some cat calls coming from Moby’s seating area, Em then said, “I will beat up a man with glasses.”
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley’s strange kiss, 1994
It will go down in history as one of the most uncomfortable award-opening moments on television. The newly-married couple attempted to show the world that they were indeed a legit pair, and it ended up working the opposite way. They lasted less than two years.
Kanye West ruins Taylor Swift’s moment in the sun, 2009
Kanye solidified his reputation as one of the biggest bad asses (or just an ass) around when he stormed the VMAs stage and hijacked (and overshadowed) Swift’s crowning achievement for Best Female Video that night. “Imma let you finish but…” became part of everyone’s vocabulary the next day.
Madonna & Britney kiss, 2003
Madonna attempted a phony “pass-the-torch” moment by locking lips with Britney Spears (as well as Christina Aguilera) at the 2003 VMAs that turned into tabloid fodder for months to come.
Tommy Lee vs. Kid Rock, 2007
It was the battle of the exes when Pamela Anderson’s former beaux - Tommy Lee and Kid Rock - came to blows. The fisticuffs started after Lee taunted Rock following his breakup with Anderson. Rock said: “This was unavoidable. I had to do what I had to do because this was a long time coming. You know, I came back from the bathroom and he was sitting right there. It was even more disrespectful after everything he's said, I was like that's enough, that's it.”
Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke bump and grind, 2013
Miley became the ‘queen of twerk’ as she cavorted around Robin Thicke during a medley of We Can’t Stop, Blurred Lines and Give it 2 U at last year’s VMA’s. If that wasn’t enough, Miley groped the singer with a foam finger. In the months that followed, US Magazine reported that Thicke was upset saying that she “went too far.”
Rage Against the Machine goes bonkers after losing to Limp Bizkit, 2000
Finally a band that lived up to their name. After they lost Best Rock Video to Limp Bizkit, RATM bassist Tim Commerford ran onstage and started climbing around the stage props. Singer Zach De La Rocha immediately left Radio City Music Hall telling Rolling Stone, “I was so humiliated.”
Fiona Apple calls the world bulls—-, 1997
The then-newcomer shrugged off the accolades and used her awards speech to chastise viewers. “This world is bullshit, and you shouldn't model your life about what you think that we think is cool, and what we're wearing and what we're saying and everything. Go with yourself.”
Britney Spears’ comeback flop, 2007
Hard to believe now, what with Brit selling out her Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas, but her planned comeback in 2007 was an unmitigated disaster. She was out of touch and out of shape, bringing confused looks to the audience including Diddy, Fiddy and Rihanna. It was the worst example of lip-synching ever witnessed on national television.â