Photos | VMA Moments In Time

Flip through time as we look back at some the incredible artists and memorable moments from the MTV Video Music Awards...

2009 - Kanye West welcomes Taylor Swift to heartbreak at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - Kanye West welcomes Taylor Swift to heartbreak at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - Another saucy Lady Gaga moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - Another saucy Lady Gaga moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - Lady Gaga and Kermit during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - Lady Gaga and Kermit during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - A group of smooth criminals pay tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2009 - A group of smooth criminals pay tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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2008 - Tokio Hotel accept the "Best New Artist" award at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Better yet, Lauren Conrad handed it to them.

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2008 - Tokio Hotel accept the "Best New Artist" award at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Better yet, Lauren Conrad handed it to them.

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2008 - 2008 MTV Video Music Awards host Russell Brand finds himself drawn to the mysterious young stars of the upcoming 'Twilight' film.

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2008 - 2008 MTV Video Music Awards host Russell Brand finds himself drawn to the mysterious young stars of the upcoming 'Twilight' film.

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2007 - Even Chris Brown is blown away by Rhianna's performance of 'Umbrella' when the two share a stage at the VMAs.

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2007 - Even Chris Brown is blown away by Rhianna's performance of 'Umbrella' when the two share a stage at the VMAs.

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2006 - Steve-O and Bam Margera of the Jackass crew present the Moonmen

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2006 - Steve-O and Bam Margera of the Jackass crew present the Moonmen

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2005 - Kelly Clarkson closes the show with a wet rendition of "Since U Been Gone"

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2005 - Kelly Clarkson closes the show with a wet rendition of "Since U Been Gone"

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2004 - Best Male Video-winner Usher warms up the Magic City crowd with a soaking wet solo performance.

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2004 - Best Male Video-winner Usher warms up the Magic City crowd with a soaking wet solo performance.

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2004 - Lenny Kravitz joins Stevie Wonder in backing up Alicia Keys on "If I Ain't Got You."

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2004 - Lenny Kravitz joins Stevie Wonder in backing up Alicia Keys on "If I Ain't Got You."

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2003 - Things always heat up when Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Madonna perform together.

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2003 - Things always heat up when Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Madonna perform together.

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2003 - Who can forget 2003's infamous kiss between Britney Spears and Madonna? Christina Aguilera waits her turn, just outside the frame.

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2003 - Who can forget 2003's infamous kiss between Britney Spears and Madonna? Christina Aguilera waits her turn, just outside the frame.

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2002 - Pink is "too drunk" to give an acceptance speech for Best Dance Video-winning song "Get The Party Started."

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2002 - Pink is "too drunk" to give an acceptance speech for Best Dance Video-winning song "Get The Party Started."

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2002 - Presenter Christina Aguilera discovers that her scarf can double as (most of) a top.

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2002 - Presenter Christina Aguilera discovers that her scarf can double as (most of) a top.

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2001 - The increasingly naked Britney Spears gets sexy with a major python while performing her 2001 hit, "I'm a Slave 4 U."

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2001 - The increasingly naked Britney Spears gets sexy with a major python while performing her 2001 hit, "I'm a Slave 4 U."

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2000 - B-girl Jennifer Lopez shows some skin as she gushes over her Moonman for Best Dance Video, "Waiting For Tonight."

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2000 - B-girl Jennifer Lopez shows some skin as she gushes over her Moonman for Best Dance Video, "Waiting For Tonight."

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2000 - Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera prove there is no bad blood between the reigning queen of bleached blonde pop as they present the final award together.

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2000 - Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera prove there is no bad blood between the reigning queen of bleached blonde pop as they present the final award together.

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2000 - Justin Timberlake and the rest of the boys from *NSYNC perform a medley of their big hits after accepting three Moonmen

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2000 - Justin Timberlake and the rest of the boys from *NSYNC perform a medley of their big hits after accepting three Moonmen

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1999 - That thing she does wins Lauryn Hill four Moonmen and a whole world of fans. Here she celebrates with an unforgettable VMA performance.

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1999 - That thing she does wins Lauryn Hill four Moonmen and a whole world of fans. Here she celebrates with an unforgettable VMA performance.

1999 - A new era dawns as 1999's Best New Artist-winner, Eminem, collects his Moonman and greets his public.

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1999 - A new era dawns as 1999's Best New Artist-winner, Eminem, collects his Moonman and greets his public.

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1998 - Lenny Kravitz and a blue-haired Gwen Stefani rock the stage.

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1998 - Lenny Kravitz and a blue-haired Gwen Stefani rock the stage.

1997 - Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, croons along with Scary, Sporty and the girls o the song, "Say You'll Be There."

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1997 - Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, croons along with Scary, Sporty and the girls o the song, "Say You'll Be There."

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1996 - James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin of The Smashing Pumpkins clean up in '96 with five Moonmen for Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.

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1996 - James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin of The Smashing Pumpkins clean up in '96 with five Moonmen for Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.

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1996 - The Moonman takes the audience on a tour of his hometown, space, with a little help from a couple of Russian cosmonauts.

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1996 - The Moonman takes the audience on a tour of his hometown, space, with a little help from a couple of Russian cosmonauts.

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1995 - Janet Jackson shares the award for Best Dance Video ("Scream") with her brother, Michael.

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1995 - Janet Jackson shares the award for Best Dance Video ("Scream") with her brother, Michael.

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1994 - The kiss that rocked the entertainment world: Michael Jackson and then wife Lisa-Marie Presley share a smooch as they open up the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.

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1994 - The kiss that rocked the entertainment world: Michael Jackson and then wife Lisa-Marie Presley share a smooch as they open up the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.

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1993 - Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lives up to the band's madman reputation, swallowing a banana as Flea and the Mad Hatter go on with the show.

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1993 - Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lives up to the band's madman reputation, swallowing a banana as Flea and the Mad Hatter go on with the show.

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1993 - Pearl Jam bring 'King Jeremy the wicked' up to help them accept the Moonman for Best Video of the Year.

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1993 - Pearl Jam bring 'King Jeremy the wicked' up to help them accept the Moonman for Best Video of the Year.

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1992 - Kurt Cobain narrowly averts a wardrobe malfunction as Nirvana accepts the Best Alternative Video for "In Bloom" at the 1993 VMAs.

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1992 - Kurt Cobain narrowly averts a wardrobe malfunction as Nirvana accepts the Best Alternative Video for "In Bloom" at the 1993 VMAs.

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1992 - Axl Rose greets the audience as he, Slash and the rest of Guns N' Roses receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Moonman.

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1992 - Axl Rose greets the audience as he, Slash and the rest of Guns N' Roses receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Moonman.

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1991 - With nothing more than a glance, Lenny Kravitz reminds us to love and rub a dub, as he presents a Moonman at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - With nothing more than a glance, Lenny Kravitz reminds us to love and rub a dub, as he presents a Moonman at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - Breakthrough album Out Of Time's commercial success is sealed when R.E.M. pick up six Moonmen at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - Breakthrough album Out Of Time's commercial success is sealed when R.E.M. pick up six Moonmen at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - Mariah Carey blows away the 1991 VMA crowd with her performance of "Emotions."

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1991 - Mariah Carey blows away the 1991 VMA crowd with her performance of "Emotions."

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1991 - C.C. DeVille and Bret Michaels of Poison bring the house down with a blistering rendition of "Talk Dirty to Me" at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - C.C. DeVille and Bret Michaels of Poison bring the house down with a blistering rendition of "Talk Dirty to Me" at the '91 VMAs.

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1991 - Bon Jovi peers out from under an otter as he receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for 1991.

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1991 - Bon Jovi peers out from under an otter as he receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for 1991.

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1990 - The ever-shocking Madonna channels Marie Antoinette in her highly stylized performance of "Vogue."

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1990 - The ever-shocking Madonna channels Marie Antoinette in her highly stylized performance of "Vogue."

1989 - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince stare lustfully into the audience while accepting their Best Rap Video Moonman for "Parents Just Don't Understand."

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1989 - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince stare lustfully into the audience while accepting their Best Rap Video Moonman for "Parents Just Don't Understand."

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1989 - Madonna opens the 1989 VMAs with a provocative performance of "Express Yourself.

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1989 - Madonna opens the 1989 VMAs with a provocative performance of "Express Yourself.

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1988 - Peter Gabriel presents Michael Jackson with the highly sought-after Video Vanguard Award, an honor which was later renamed after him.

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1988 - Peter Gabriel presents Michael Jackson with the highly sought-after Video Vanguard Award, an honor which was later renamed after him.

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1988 - Michael Hutchence of INXS thanks the fans, after winning four awards for 1988 hit "Need You Tonight/Mediate."

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1988 - Michael Hutchence of INXS thanks the fans, after winning four awards for 1988 hit "Need You Tonight/Mediate."

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1987 - As MTV Australia VJ Richard Wilkins takes his turn at the mic, it becomes clear that he's all business in the front, a party in the back and a zebra on the shoulders.

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1987 - As MTV Australia VJ Richard Wilkins takes his turn at the mic, it becomes clear that he's all business in the front, a party in the back and a zebra on the shoulders.

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1986 - Whitney Houston, a striking new talent, basks in the glow of her Best Female Video win for "How Will I Know?"

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1986 - Whitney Houston, a striking new talent, basks in the glow of her Best Female Video win for "How Will I Know?"

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1985 - Cher watches the show from underneath a pile of hair.

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1985 - Cher watches the show from underneath a pile of hair.

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1984 - Madonna performs "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 VMA

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1984 - Madonna performs "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 VMA

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1984 - The Moonmen land at the very first Video Music Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

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1984 - The Moonmen land at the very first Video Music Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

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