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Top 10 MTV Video Music Awards Moments

The hottest moments from the most unique top awards show

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The MTV Video Music Awards have a well-earned reputation as an occasionally out of control, but always interesting awards celebration. These are 10 of the top moments through the years.

10. 1995 - Courtney Love Disrupts Madonna Interview

Madonna - MTV Video Music Awards interview 1995
Video Still courtesy MTV

First she threw things and then, after being invited up by MTV's Kurt Loder, Courtney Love took over in inimitable fashion.

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9. 1988 - Guns 'n Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"

Guns 'n Roses at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards
Video Still courtesy MTV

For many years, this performance defined rock at the MTV Video Music Awards. This is the glory that was Guns 'n Roses.

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8. 2011 - Adele - "Someone Like You"

Adele at MTV Video Music Awards 2011
Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Adele came to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and repeated magic that had taken place earlier in the year at the Brit Awards. Her gorgeous performance of "Someone Like You" sent the song soaring on the charts in the US and ultimately ending up becoming Adele's second #1 hit.

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7. 1993 - Neil Young and Pearl Jam - "Keep Rockin' in the Free World"

Neil Young and Pearl Jam at 1993 MTV Video Music Awards
Video Still courtesy MTV

One of the more serious music moments at the MTV Video Music Awards: two generations rock together in a singularly intense fashion.

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6. 1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Kiss

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley - 1994 MTV Video Music Awards
Photo by Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

It was really not that big of a surprise to see the newlyweds together, but the kiss was a bit of a shocker. The biggest kiss in MTV Video Music Award history until another pair of kisses almost 10 years later.

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5. 2000 - Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady"

Eminem - 2000 MTV Video Music Awards
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It was a whole sea of Slim Shadys who started out in the open air and then followed Eminem into the theater to take over the stage.

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4. 2001 - *NSYNC with Michael Jackson - "Pop"

*NSYNC with Michael Jackson - 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
Photo by Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

What better way to close out a performance of the song "Pop" than with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Justin Timberlake beatboxing while MJ dances is a moment to treasure.

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3. 2009 - Taylor Swift Wins Best Female Video and Is Interrupted by Kanye West

Taylor Swift and Kanye West at 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Everyone was a little surprised that Taylor Swift, country singer, won the award for Best Female Video, but what Kanye West did next was an even bigger surprise.

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2. 1992 - Nirvana - "Lithium"

Nirvana - 1992 MTV Video Music Awards
Photo by Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

One of the moments when everything seemed a little out of control. Krist Novoselic tosses his guitar into the air. It lands whacking him in the head and he stumbles offstage. Kurt Cobain starts tearing into the amps and everything descends to chaos.

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1. 2003 - Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera

Madonna and Britney Spears - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images

Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera perform two unforgettable kisses. One of the most audacious pop music performances in the history of television.

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