All set for 2017 MTV Video Music Awards: top moments so far

In anticipation of the 2017  MTV Video Music Awards, we’re going to rewind the clock to take a look at some of the greatest VMA moments of all time.

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The most prestigious music awards - Video Music Awards are back this year. With the awards going gender neutral for the first time and likes of Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and the Weeknd performing at the ceremony no doubt that this year’s VMAs will be one for the history books. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are to be held on August 27, 2017, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, honoring music videos from June 25, 2016, to June 23, 2017, and will be hosted by Katy Perry. Video Music Awards 2017 is scheduled to air in India on Monday, August 28 at 6:30 AM, with a prime time repeat at 9 PM, exclusively on Vh1.

In anticipation of the event, we’re going to rewind the clock to take a look at some of the greatest VMA moments of all time. Here are moments and performances that we’ll never, ever forget:

The infamous Kanye and Taylor Moment (2009)

Kanye West and Taylor Swift

In 2009, Taylor won the Best Female Video award for You Belong With Me, and while she was giving her acceptance speech, Kanye stole the microphone from her. The rapper infamously said, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” It was all kinds of awkward, despite the fact that many celebs jumped to support Taylor. Little did we know at the time that this moment would spark a seven-year feud that’s still going strong.

Janet Jackson’s tribute to Michael Jackson (2009)

Janet Jackson

The 2009 VMAs took place just a few months after Michael Jackson’s death. Michael had performed at
many VMAs in years past, so his absence was certainly a dark spot on that year’s awards. Janet Jackson honored her brother by recreating the duet Scream – a collaboration that she had worked on with

That time Britney Spears performed with a snake (2001)

Britney Spears

In 2001, Britney Spears took the VMA stage to sing Slave 4 U. Toward the end of the song, one of her backup dancers hands her a huge snake, and she holds it around her shoulders like a pro. And continues to sing. And dance. This might have been the moment that proved Britney was a true queen.

Justin Bieber’s emotional performance of “What Do You Mean?” (2015)

Justin Bieber

At 2015 VMAs, Justin Bieber performed What Do You Mean? and halfway through, he started crying. Later, Justin appeared on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon that he cried because he was worried about the audience judging him and he was desperately wanting to be liked.

Lady Gaga’s meat dress (2010)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has always managed to make a statement with her quirky dressing sense. Whether she’s
covered in glitter, or wearing an egg, or, like in 2010, wearing a dress made out of meat. While the meat
on her dress was real, Lady Gaga was actually trying to make a powerful statement with her choice of attire. She said that her dress referred to a speech that she made, titled “The Prime Rib Of America,”
which urged the military not to discriminate against LGBTQ men and women who want to serve.

Beyonce’s iconic performance before accepting the Vanguard Award (2014)


Beyoncé took the 2014 VMAs stage to perform a series of songs from her self-titled album, released late the previous year, before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Her performance of the song Flawless was particularly iconic: when the words of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie were being spoken, Bey stood in front of the words FEMINIST.