The MTV VMAs’ 23 Most Unforgettable Moments

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Since they began, the MTV Video Music Awards have been the embodiment of the phrase “Anything goes.” In 1984, Madonna delivered the first-ever MTV VMAs performance with a rendition of her hit “Like a Virgin” while wearing a white wedding dress as she suggestively rolled around onstage—at the time, a move that was considered both shocking and downright scandalous. Fast-forward 19 years and Madonna made headlines again, this time with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and that infamous kiss.

But Madge isn't the only star to push the envelope at the MTV VMAs: Each year manages to outdo the next, and we're rarely disappointed. Ahead of this year's event, which airs on August 28, we gathered some of the most unforgettable moments in the show's history.