Britney pashing Madonna, Michael Jackson busting moves with N*Sync, Lady Gaga's gruesome onstage death... the 'MTV Video Music Awards' have provided us with some unforgettable performances over the years, and it's safe to say 2011 was no different!

Gaga's alter-ego Jo Calderone kicked things off with a bang, performing the smash hit 'You And I' alongside guitarist Brian May from Queen and a troupe of look-a-like dancers.



Next up, Kanye and daddy-to-be Jay-Z stormed the stage for a surprise performance of 'Otis' from their brand spankin' new collaborative album 'Watch The Throne.'

Pitbull and Ne-Yo got the party started with their massive club hit 'Give Me Everything' before british songbird Adele brought it down a notch with a stunning performance of 'Someone Like You'



Chris Brown celebrated his return to the VMA stage with a mash-up of tracks including 'Yeah 3X,' Wu-Tang Clan's 'Protect Ya Neck,' Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and his latest track 'Beautiful People.'

A radiant Beyonce proved she really is the Queen B of pop, giving a killer rendition of 'Love On Top' and whipping out her trademark dance moves - despite rocking a baby bump!



Newcomers Young The Giant tore up the stage with 'My Body,' and later Bruno Mars picked up the tempo with a fantastic version of 'Valerie' featuring a full live jazz band, performed in memory of the late Amy Winehouse

And finally, hip hop heavyweight Lil' Wayne closed out the night with a (heavily bleeped!) medley of 'How To Love' and 'John.'

Check out all our coverage of the '2011 MTV Video Music Awards' including news, galleries and the full show RIGHT HERE!

Meanwhile, check out Gaga's performance of 'You And I below...

Lady Gaga and Brian May Perform "Yoü and I" Live ...

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