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MTV Video Music Awards: 30 moments that make it a can't-miss event

August 23, 2013|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City.
Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera perform onstage during… (Scott Gries / Getty Images )

Only at MTV's Video Music Awards could Madonna tongue kiss Britney Spears, Diana Ross grope Lil Kim, Eminem threaten Moby and Kanye West make Taylor Swift cry.

To celebrate Sunday's 30th annual ceremony (yes, you are that old) we took a look back at 30 indelible pop culture moments the VMAs have provided.

1. Michael Jackson’s opening number (1995). The King of Pop opened with a dizzying retrospect of iconic hits including "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Scream," "Black or White," "Billie Jean,” "Smooth Criminal” and "You Are Not Alone." The flashy dance moves (the man moonwalked and did the “Bankhead bounce”) found Jackson in top form. Backed by an insane guitar solo from Slash, it was pure pop spectacle that has yet to be matched.

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