The annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of pop culture’s biggest nights,. Since its inception in 1984, the show has had a slew of iconic moments which left people talking about them for years.
, which will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, is expected to be no different. Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J, and Jack Harlow will host.
Let’s take a look back at some of the VMA’s most memorable moments.
- Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly have a fiery red carpet confrontation
At last year’s VMAs,on the red carpet between Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly broke out before the show even started.
Afterwards, McGregor described the interaction as “absolutely nothing.”
“Nothing happened with me, I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean,” he told “Entertainment Tonight” backstage. “I certainly don’t fight little vanilla boy rappers. I don’t even know the guy. I don’t know anything about him, except that he’s with Megan Fox.”
Lady Gaga made headlines at the 2010 VMAs. Not just because she won multiple awards, but because of what she wore: an outfit made of raw meat in hopes of shedding light on the military’spolicy.
“What I was really trying to say was dead meat is dead meat,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2011. “And anyone that’s willing to take their life and die for their country is the same. You’re not gay and dead, straight and dead. You are dead.”
- Kanye West announcing presidential bid
Kanye West, who performs under the name Ye, took to the stage at the 2015 award show to accept the Video Vanguard Award, while also declaring ain 2020. It was a moment which spawned memes and t-shirts, and even led to the artist officially adding his name to the ballot. Ultimately, it ended in him , but still eyeing a spot for a future run.
- Nicki Minaj’s backup dancer bitten by a snake
Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda was a smash hit in 2014, but what dominated headlines leading up to the VMA show was what happened at a dress rehearsal., a backup dancer had been taken to the hospital after being bitten by a six-foot boa constrictor named Rocky.
- Beyonce dominates 2016 VMAs
Taking home eight awards was not enough for Queen B, so it came as no surprise when shewith a breathtaking performance of her visual album “Lemonade.”
- Taylor Swift calls out Trump administration
In 2019,when she decided to call out the Trump administration for not responding to a petition that urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would protect LGBTQ rights.
- VMAs dedicate entire show to Chadwick Boseman
“Black Panther” star Chadwick BosemanAug. 28, 2020, just days before the VMAs. His death, following a battle with cancer, came as a shock to millions around the world, and the show during its opening that it would be dedicated to the iconic actor.
“He’s a true hero, not just onscreen, but in everything he did. His impact lives forever,” VMA host Keke Palmer said.