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Retrospective of Scandalous and Controversial Events in the History of MTV VMA's

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 13, 2021
07:30 P.M.
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Award nights are always filled with memorable happenings for fans and artists. However, these events are also shrouded with embarrassing and controversial moments.


The MTV Video Music Awards is a yearly event entertainment lovers look forward to. While many fans experience the joy of witnessing their favorites perform, artists also showcase more of their musical prowess.

Over the years, several musical prodigies have made the headlines due to their incredible display of talent. However, others have been in the news for being involved in controversial and scandalous moments. Below is a list of celebrities and some memorable moments.

Pictures of Eminem, Britney Spears, Madonna and Miley Cyrus | Photo: Getty Images

Pictures of Eminem, Britney Spears, Madonna and Miley Cyrus | Photo: Getty Images



The 2009 MTV VMA was filled with several joyful moments, but the embarrassing moment between Kanye West and Taylor Swift appeared to have topped the chart.

Swift and Beyonce were nominated for the category of Best Female Video in 2009. The former won the category, and while she was giving an acceptance speech, she was interrupted by Kanye West, who came to Beyonce's defense.

Kanye West jumps onstage after Taylor Swift won the "Best Female Video" award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images.

Kanye West jumps onstage after Taylor Swift won the "Best Female Video" award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images.



Miley Cyrus remained a topic of discussion on the internet for several weeks, even after the 2013 MTV VMA. While performing on stage, she danced provocatively, grinding, twerking, and licking everything on stage.


Eminem and Moby had been at loggerheads before the 2002 MTV VMA. The latter seemed to have developed bad blood towards the rapper after having an issue with his lyrics.

During the award night, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog tried to joke about the pair's relationship and eventually offended Eminem. Afterward, Eminem got up on stage to accept his award and openly dissed Moby.



In 2000, the metal band Limp Bizkit won the award for the Best Rock Video. While lovers of Rock music were thrilled by the decision, The Machine bassist, Tim Commerford, was not intrigued.

As revenge for not winning the category, he climbed the stage set and interrupted the speech from Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst. Commerford's actions did not go unpunished as he spent a night in jail.



The viewers of the 2010 MTV VMA would never forget the appearance of the beautiful Lady Gaga. Not only did she bag 13 nominations, but she also appeared on stage dressed in over 40 pounds of thin-cut Argentinian beef.


The 2007 MTV VMA would always be a day to remember for the talented Britney Spears. Known for her vitality on stage, Spears was only a shadow of herself on that fateful day, which led to a series of crises.


While performing her latest hit, "Gimme More," Spears appeared to lack vigor and was confused. After her uninspiring performance, netizens were left with more questions and brutal words than compliments.

Spears' 2007 performance was not the first time she was in a scandal. In 2001, during the 2001 MTV VMA, she danced with a snake while performing, and in the 2003 MTV VMA awards, she was in the news after she kissed Madonna on stage.



The 2021 MTV VMA took place a few hours ago, and like other years, it was not free from drama. This time, the attention revolved around Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly. A source reported that the former had requested a photo with the latter but was blatantly denied by Kelly's team.

Furious, McGregor was said to have swung his cane in Kelly's direction. Snapshots and videos that captured the moment saw the MMA fighter being restrained by security personnel.

People reported that McGregor's representative denied that the fighter had asked for a photograph. According to him, Kelly had attended McGregor's last fight.

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