intro: The MTV Video Music Awards have promised to be explosive this year, with performances by the likes of Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Sam Smith. "It's one of those moments in popular culture which I think is a must-watch," said VMA executive producer Garrett English about the show. "There are things that happen on the VMA stage that you will be talking about for weeks, months, and in the case of Miley Cyrus, years after." The must-watch moment of the night promises to be a performance by Beyoncé, English said, but if this show is anything like the telecasts that have come before it, viewers' jaws are sure to drop throughout the night.
The awards show has been broadcast for three decades, and here are some of the most talked-about moments of all time.
quicklist: 1 title: Beyoncé Announces Her Pregnancy text: Moments after singer debuted her growing baby bump on the red carpet in 2011, she took to the stage to sing "Love On Top." "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me!" Beyoncé told the screaming crowd. At the end of the performance, she unbuttoned her jacket, and rubbed her belly as father-to-be Jay Z grinned from the crowd. media: 25070291
quicklist: 2 title: Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift text: In 2009, Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video for her song, "You Belong to Me." However, Kanye West, who believed the Moonman should have gone to Beyoncé for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," would have none of it. After walking on stage, West took the microphone out of Swift's hand and famously told her, "Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." As the crowd booed, West shrugged and walked off stage while Swift stood there, bewildered. media: 25070340
quicklist: 3 title: Britney Spears Wears a Snake for 'Slave 4 U' text: For a few years, Britney Spears's performances were a highlight of the VMAs. 2001, the year after the "Oops! I Did It Again" singer stripped down during a performance of "Satisfaction," was no exception. That year, the pop star's performance of "Slave 4 U" featured a tiger in a cage and Spears wearing a snake -- and not much else. media: 25070481
quicklist: 4 title: Madonna Kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera text: In 2003, one of the most anticipated performances came from Madonna, Spears, and Christina Aguilera. While they sang a mash-up of "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood," the moment that really stood out was when Madonna kissed the two young pop stars on the lips. media: 25070389
quicklist: 5 title: Michael Jackson Smooches Lisa Marie Presley text: In 1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, and the two made a grand entrance to the VMAs later that year. Taking the stage hand-in-hand, the couple received a standing ovation, but they really got the crowd going when they shared a passionate kiss. media: 25070617
quicklist: 6 title: Diana Ross Cops a Feel text: Lil' Kim wore a provocative purple ensemble to the 1999 VMAs, and one person who really appreciated it was Diana Ross. "While we were on stage, Diana Ross, like, moved my chest, like, 'What are you wearing?'" she recalled afterward with a laugh. "I've been getting a lot of crazy comments, but wow!" media: 25073588
quicklist: 7 title: Eminem Emerged With a Group of Lookalikes text: In 2000, Eminem enlisted the help of an army of lookalikes to follow him into New York City's Radio City Music Hall during his performance of "The Real Slim Shady." media: 25073496