The 10 Best (and Worst) Moments at the VMAs
The memorable performances and OMG incidents from MTV’s Video Music Awards
Forget about the Academy Awards or the Grammys, when you want to see celebrities really let their hair down and cut loose, you tune into the MTV’s Video Music Awards. As BettyConfidential prepares for the madness and mayhem that will surely come our way when the awards air on Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m., we take a look back at some of the highlights of VMAs past.
1. Madonna Sings “Like a Virgin” (1984)
Madonna’s career was just starting back in 1984, but she certainly got the world’s attention with her risqué performance of “Like a Virgin” at the first-ever Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “Madonna took it so much further than anyone knew she was capable of,” says her publicist, Liz Rosenberg. “Some people thought she was the greatest thing ever, and other people thought she was disgusting.”
2. Krist Novoselic of Nirvana Hits Himself in the Face With His Bass Guitar (1992)
The execs at MTV weren’t too pleased when Nirvana got on stage to perform their song “Lithium,” and started out with the first few chords of “Rape Me” instead. They quickly reverted to the correct song, but the stunts weren’t over yet. Towards the end of the performance, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic thought it’d be a good idea to throw his 30-pound guitar into the air – and then not get out of the way when it came crashing down on his face. He left the stage appearing dazed and confused (and later confessed that he faked being injured), but we were left with one hilarious VMA moment.