The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The VMAs have always been viewed as a more loose, fun and free awards show as compared to the more strait-laced Grammys or American Music Awards; and with that sort of image it’s only natural that artists and fans would involve themselves in more shenanigans at this particular show than anywhere else. Who can forget when legendary comedian Milton Berle and drag queen superstar RuPaul had their onstage spat as presenters? Or when Van Halen got back together and broke up on the same night? How about Michael Jackson giving his speech for winning “The Artist of the Millennium Award” even though no such award ever existed?
There are tons of moments like these that have happened over the last 29 years. It’s interesting to note how many crazy VMA moments have involved MJ or Madonna or Kanye West–and how many of them involved a kiss of some kind.
As the world of music and entertainment prepares for this year’s ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, August 25th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the wildest moments that have occurred during the telecast over the years.