Top Ten Memorable MTV VMA Moments

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People love great television especially awards shows like the MTV VMAs where hundreds of artists gather annually to celebrate the top music videos of the year. But lately it seems like the VMAs are more popular for its jarring and shocking moments rather than the awards given. In anticipation of the big night on September 12, 2010, check out our top 10 list of the most wildest and jaw dropping moments in VMA history.

From the bizarre opening act by a seemingly sedated and winded [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm], a stage invasion by a furious [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm] during [lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm]’s acceptance speech to an actual brawl between [lastfm]Kid Rock[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Tommy Lee[/lastfm], these are top 10 memorable VMA moments.

10. OK GO performs “Here It Goes Again”

Ever since [lastfm]OK Go[/lastfm] performed their synchronized treadmill dance routine at the 2006 MTV VMAs show, the pop group became a viral sensation on YouTube.

9. Lady Gaga and Kermit the frog

We’re betting there were tons of hot couples like [lastfm]Beyonce [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] at the 2009 MTV VMAs, but [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] and her date Kermit the frog were the beyond the most fabulous that night.

8. Britney Spears lazy comeback performance

Despite the fact that [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm] was lip-syncing, the 2007 VMA performance was meant to be her big comeback, but instead the fallen pop idol gave nothing but a underwhelming performance.

7. Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera kiss

In 2003, all three pop queens lip-locked and shocked the world during a performance of [lastfm]Madonna[/lastfm]’s “Like A Virgin” but we couldn’t help break out in a full blown laughing fit when the camera cut to a shot of a reaction from Spear’s ex-boyfriend [lastfm]Justin Timberlake[/lastfm].

6. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog vs. Moby vs. Eminem

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was sent to the red carpet to talk to celebrities at the 2002 VMAs. The entire video is hilarious but the memorable moment worth noting is when [lastfm]Eminem [/lastfm]gets into a scuffle with the dog-puppet operated by comedy writer Robert Smigel over a feud with dance producer [lastfm]Moby[/lastfm].

(Click here to watch the video at the 5:35 mark)

Triumph at the VMAs

5. Kid Rock vs. Tommy Lee

At the 2007 VMA’s, Pamela Anderson’s ex-flames [lastfm]Kid Rock[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Tommy Lee[/lastfm]ended up brawling and as a result both were thrown out with Rock being charged with misdemeanor battery.

4. Courtney Love and Madonna cat fight

[lastfm]Courtney Love[/lastfm] interrupts [lastfm]Madonna[/lastfm]’s VMA red carpet interview with Kurt Loder. Classic moment is when Courtney apologizes to Kurt (watch @4:55 mark) and said, “Was I bumming you out, were you guys talking astro physics or something?”

3. Bruno (aka Sasha Baron Cohen) butt prank on Eminem at the 2009 MTV VMAs

For a moment many questioned if the controversial Bruno and Eminem stunt was completely staged. If you were one of those, wouldn’t you think a real Slim Shady would’ve punched him the face?

2. Britney Spears presents Michael Jackson with the “Artist of the Millennium Award

This was probably the most embarrassing yet memorable moments in VMA history. In 2002, [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm] was asked to present [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] with a cake since his birthday was the same day as the ceremony. During her speech she called Michael “the artist of the millennium” but no such award exists. This is when things got a bit weird…

1. Kanye West and Taylor Swift

Mr. West spoiled [lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm]’s victory moment when he ran up on stage, grabbed her mic and said, “Yo Taylor. I’m really happy for you. I’m going to let you finish but [lastfm]Beyonce [/lastfm]had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can go to (or text VMA to 97979 if they are Verizon subscribers) to vote for the winners from now through September 12.

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