The Craziest VMA Moments Ever

"I'ma let you finish, but..." Remember who uttered those words? Take a look back at the MTV Video Music Awards' wackiest moments.

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Remember when Kanye stole the spotlight from Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA's? That was just one of the craziest moments over the years at the anything-goes show. In anticipation of year's show (airing Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. eastern), take a look back at the most memorable and crazy moments from VMA's past.
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So here's what happened: Kanye told the crowd that Beyonce should have won, after Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video honor. The rapper has since profusely apologized, and at the 2010 awards, Swift accepted his apology via her song, "Innocent." "32 is still growing up... Who you are is not what you did," she sang. A class act.
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Lady Gaga had a most unusual date at the 2009 awards: Kermit the frog. But Kermit gave the real story to People: "Well, I wouldn't really call it a "date" – at least not if I don't want to end up as a coat for Miss Piggy," he added. "Of course, after Lady Gaga and I were seen on the red carpet together, well … Miss Piggy got a little jealous."
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In 2007, Britney Spears was roundly derided for her lip-synched, lackluster comeback performance of "Gimme More."
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The singer stumbled her way through a less-than-impressive number, accompanied by backup dancers who moved with more passion than she did.
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Trouble followed Pamela Anderson's presentation at the 2007 VMAs -- in the form of two ex-husbands, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee. The two exchanged words, and Rock ended up hitting Lee. No charges were pressed.
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Security escorted Tommy Lee and Kid Rock out of the Palms Hotel and Casino after the fight.
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In 2006, OK Go created a sensation with their treadmill-synchronized music video ”Here It Goes Again”. The foursome was invited to perform, and they delivered, jazz hands and all.
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In 2003, Britney Spears and Madonna performed together and sealed the passing of the pop culture torch with a kiss. But Madonna, never content with just a little bit when she could have more, had one more trick up up her sleeve...
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Madonna then turned to Christina Aguilera - who also sang with the pair -- and kissed her, too. Britney loved it.
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For a time, it really wasn't the VMAs without Britney Spears. In 2002 she gave Michael Jackson a birthday cake, referring to him as "the artist of the millennium." Hearing that, the King of Pop thought he was getting MTV's "Artist of the Millennium" award, and gave a speech about his childhood in Indiana. Um, yeah.
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However, the audience didn't seem to care the speech was a bit off-pointe, and gave Jackson a standing ovation when he was done.
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In 2001, Britney performed her hit "Slave 4 U" in a jungle-inspired outfit, with a rain-forest stage motif complete with canned thunderclaps, a caged tiger, and a giant albino snake. PETA hated the performance: they claim the animals used were mistreated, and scrapped plans to use Brit for an anti-fur billboard.
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Also in 2002, the mischievous and mocking Triumph the Insult Comic Dog got in the thick of a feud between Eminem and Moby, who had called the Detroit rapper's music homophobic and misogynistic. During Triumph's "interview," Eminem gave Moby the finger just out of camera range. The crowd booed when Eminem challenged Moby to a fight.
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When Triumph then approached Eminem, he pushed the puppet, and someone in his entourage threw the dog's notes in the air. Wow. No word from any puppet advocacy groups on this one.
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In 2002, Limp Bizkit accepted the Best Rock Video honor for "Break Stuff" in 2000, only to be interruped by Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford. He climbed the set and refused to move, though it was not clear why.
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Commerford refused to come down, even as the audience chanted "jump." The awards show cut to commercial, and Commerford spent the night someplace less comfortable -- jail.
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In 1999, Lil' Kim, appearing with Mary J. Blige and Diane Ross, drew eyes for her barely there top — in fact, it wasn't really a top, just a pasty. But then things got interesting...
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...because Diana Ross decided to "give her a hand." They appeared with Mary J. Blige to present the Best Hip-Hop Video.
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It seems impossible: how could anyone ever upstage the bizarre, intense "Personal Jesus" singer Marilyn Manson? Yet somehow, then-girlfriend Rose McGowan did. At the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, McGowan showed off a lot more than anyone expected in a thread-bare dress and g-string that left nothing to the imagination.
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Fiona Apple won Best New Artist in 1997 for "Sleep To Dream." But what she's really remembered for is taking shots at MTV, with an acceptance speech that hated on the music industry, saying, "this world is bulls---." Host Chris Rock's response: "Let's hear it for Fiona X!"
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At the 1996 show, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen and Michael Anthony reunited with former lead singer David Lee Roth for the first time in a decade. But Roth and Eddie nearly had a fight backstage. It was the reunion gig that didn't stick.
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In 1994, Michael Jackson showed up with his then-wife, Lisa-Marie Presley, to the awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
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They grossed out the world by making out onstage. Presley later said, "That [kiss] was not my idea, by the way. I was terrified."
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Kurt Cobain rebelled against MTV in 1992 by starting out Nirvana's performance with a few bars of the unrehearsed song "Rape Me," before playing "Lithium." Near the end bassist Krist Novoselic threw his guitar in the air, and it landed on his face.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"From a land far away, and long, long ago... It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a really bad smell! Ladies and gentleman, Fartman!" Howard Stern flew in from the sky (err, was lowered onstage) and exhibited his "special power" — and his rear cheeks — as Fartman during the 1992 VMAs.
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But guess who did the rear-less pants gig first? Prince. You can't tell from this photo, but his cut-out pants were the highlight of his of his 1991 performance of "Get Off." Is it just us or do all of his backup dancers look totally surprised too?
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Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, chose the 1991 VMAs for his first public appearance after his famous arrest for lewd conduct. He went from lovable TV show host to the inevitable subject of a bevy of jokes. So when he waltzed on stage to roars of applause and said simply, "Heard any good jokes lately?" the crowd roared.
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Oh, Andrew Dice Clay. At the 1989 awards, the comedian rattled off some "dirty adult nursery rhymes" (which, looking back now seem relatively tame) and was subsequently banned forever from MTV. For a time, stand-up was also all but ignored at the awards, until Dane Cook arrived on the scene and brought it back in 2005.
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With her unforgettable performance of "Like a Virgin" in 1984, Madonna put the MTV Video Music Awards on the map... "for the very first time."
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