Every summer we mark our calendars for the MTV Video Music Awards because we know that it will, without a doubt, be the craziest day of the year. As in epic live performances, can't-look-away-awkwardness, inspiring speeches, major riffs, and "Wait, did he/she really just do that?" double-takes. For a nostalgia-filled stroll down memory lane, look back on these 20 unforgettable moments.
When Miley showed up in this and every one of her costume changes thereafter.
At last year's festivities, Perry and Riff Raff arrived in a double denim look that was totally reminiscent of the matching Canadian tuxedos donned by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2002.
All eyes were on Miley when she joined in on the "Blurred Lines," fun alongside Robin Thicke clad in nude latex lingerie for some decidedly not-safe-for-the-kids twerking.
The most extreme of fashion statements, Gaga arrived at the VMAs and accepted the Video of the Year Award for "Bad Romance" wearing a head-to-toe outfit made of raw meat. Yep.
There may have been three performers on stage, but all eyes were on Britney and Madonna when they shared a steamy kiss during their performance of "Hollywood." Sorry, X-tina!
Aguilera wasn't exactly the girl next store, but we were all saying "whoa" when she debuted her entirely new "Dirrty" look on the VMA red carpet.
During her performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U," Spears brought out an albino Burmese python, wearing it ever-so-seductively on her shoulders. Now that's dedication to your art.
Knowing the power of a bold red carpet ensemble, Gray used her VMA outfit as an opportunity to plug her new album. The lacey pink and purple dress was emblazoned with "MY NEW ALBUM DROPS SEPT. 18 2001," and "BUY IT."
In which McGowan invents what we now call the "Naked Dress."
The soulful songstresses presented at the award show together, which is a lot of diva-licious energy for one stage. Not to mention, they seemingly wore the same brownish, plunging slip gown.
They arrived. Enough said.
Decked out in an ass-less, transparent yellow suit, Prince performed his single "Get Off," fittingly surrounded by nearly-naked dancers in very compromising positions.