MTV Video Music Awards: 13 Best Performances of All Time!

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The VMAs aren't like other award shows. 

But unlike when someone you met on Tinder tells you they're not like other girls/guys, in this case, the claim is legit.

You never know what might happen at the VMAs.

Kanye might interrupt someone's acceptance speech.

Nicki Minaj might call out Miley Cyrus.

Kanye might interrupt everyone's acceptance speeches.

You really never know.

In fact, the only thing that's certain is: there will be some amazing performances.

Check out the gallery below to relive some of the most unforgettable musical moments from 32 years of the VMAs.

1. Beyonce: "Love on Top," 2011

Beyonce: "Love on Top," 2011
Beyonce crushed it with her performance of "Love on Top" in 2011. It didn't hurt that she capped things off by confirming rumors that she and Jay Z were expecting their first child.

2. Madonna: "Like a Virgin," 1984

Madonna: "Like a Virgin," 1984
The Material Girl was just exploding onto the scene when the VMAs first started confusing parents in 1984. To give you an idea of how different things were then: Herbie Hancock beat out Michael Jackson as the night's top winner.

3. Britney Spears: "Slave 4 U," 2011

Britney Spears: "Slave 4 U," 2011
Britney Spears cemented her place as a VMA icon with her 2001 performance. Giant live snakes are great for when you're trying to make a lasting impression.

4. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me," 2009

Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me," 2009
Later that night, Taylor would become an unwilling participant in the most notorious moment in VMAs history. But when she crooned one of her signature tunes to a subway full of fans, she was still just the country girl with a broken heart full of hits.

5. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady"/"Way I Am," 2000

Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady"/"Way I Am," 2000
There were thousands of Eminem wannabes in 2000. But as Mr. Mathers proved in his unforgettable 2000 medley, there's only one real Slim Shady.

6. Diddy, Faith Evans, Sting: "I'll Be Missing You"

Diddy, Faith Evans, Sting: "I'll Be Missing You"
Diddy's tribute to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. became a massive success in 1997. It also made for one of the most unforgettable performances in VMA history.

7. Kanye West: "Runaway," 2010

Kanye West: "Runaway," 2010
Yeezy is basically synonymous with the VMAs at this point. His 2010 performance of his epic, arty hit "Runaway" reminded us why.

8. Chris Brown, Rihanna: “Wall To Wall”/ “Umbrella”/ “Kiss Kiss," 2007

Chris Brown, Rihanna: “Wall To Wall”/ “Umbrella”/ “Kiss Kiss," 2007
Simpler times. When RiRi and Breezy were still the hottest couple in music in 2007, they blew the VMAs crowd away with this medley of hits.

9. Lady Gaga: "Paprazzi," 2009

Lady Gaga: "Paprazzi," 2009
No one proved quite how weird the VMAs could get quite like Gaga. Her blood-drenched 2009 performance terrified some - and wowed many more.

10. Justin Timberlake: Medley, 2013

Justin Timberlake: Medley, 2013
JT has a LOT of hits under his belt. And he performed just about all of them when he won the Video Vanguard award in 2013.

11. Michael Jackson: Medley 1995

Michael Jackson: Medley 1995
Of course, even Justin can't beat the King of Pop. Michael Jackson's 1995 VMA performance is considered by many to be (as Kanye would say) THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!!

12. Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone," 2005

This marked the true arrival of Clarkson as a superstar.

13. N Sync Reunites!

N Sync Reunites!
This long-awaited reunion took place in 2013. It only lasted for two minutes, as part of Justin Timberlake's set after he received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. But it was awesome!

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