As the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards roll around, with performers at tonight’s Barclays Centre show said to include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and one big ‘ol *NSYNC reunion, we thought we’d take a look back at the ghost of VMA performances past. Now in its 30th year, we had plenty of all-singing, all-dancing stage moments to choose from, but these are our top 5 VMA performances of all time. Roll VT!
5. Madonna, Vogue, 1990
No one can “strike a pose” quite like the Queen of Pop, and this stylish performance back in 1990 shows she’s been doing it since before Scotcampus was born… Yikes.
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4. Lady Gaga, Paparazzi, 2009
The outfit. The vocals. The moves. The manic piano playing. Lady Gaga’s 2009 performance of Paparazzi had it all.
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3. Michael Jackson, Medley, 1995
If you’ve ever doubted the prowess of the late King of Pop, watch this 15-minute medley of his greatest hits at the 1995 VMAs, and you’ll see what all the fuss was about.
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2. Beyoncé, Love On Top, 2011
While this was probably one of Queen Bey’s more tame performances, she had good reason to turn the tempo down, as she announced her pregnancy with a belly rub and a cheeky wink onstage.
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1. Britney Spears, I’m A Slave 4 U, 2001
This performance may have had PETA up in arms, thanks to Britney writhing around the stage with a snake, but we think you’ll agree the pop princess has never looked hotter.
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Watch the 2013 MTV VMAs on MTV(Sky Channel 126) on Monday 26th August at 9pm