Best MTV VMAs Performances

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So many performances, so little time. The one thing the VMAs have always been known for are epic performances. Some of today's greatest stars made their marks during an opening performance or musical number and in turn, made music history.

The Top Ten

1 Britney Spears - ''I'm Slave 4 U'' (2001)

At the 2001 Video Music Awards, Britney Spears gave another memorable performance when she took the stage to sing her new single, "I'm a Slave 4 U. " Along with dancing in a very revealing outfit, the performance is probably most remembered for featuring the singer in a cage with a tiger and briefly dancing with a live albino Burmese Python on her shoulders. The inclusion of a tiger and a snake in the performance bought a great deal of criticism from PETA. - leilacu00e1ssia

Great Performance and so sexy. The snake really adds to the feeling of the song.

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2 Madonna, Britney, Christina - ''Like A Virgin'' and ''Hollywood'' (2003)

At the 2003 Video Music Awards, Madonna portrayed a groom kissing her brides, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, on stage. The gender role-reversal and lesbian theme instantly made front page headlines. The three singers performed a medley of her early hit, "Like a Virgin", and her then latest release, "Hollywood", with a guest rap by Missy Elliott. The design resembled Madonna's performance of "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 VMAs: the same wedding cake set, wedding dresses and "Boy Toy" belt worn by Madonna in 1984 now adorned Aguilera and Spears. - leilacu00e1ssia

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3 Madonna - ''Like a Virgin'' (1984)

At the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Madonna performed her iconic hit "Like A Virgin" wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her trademark "Boy Toy" belt. During the performance, she rolled around on the floor, revealing lacy stockings and garter. Cyndi Lauper spoke in "Exorcist-esque gibberish" to explain the VMA rules right before winning the Best Female video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". - leilacu00e1ssia

4 Lady Gaga - ''Paparazzi'' (2009)

Lady Gaga later performed her song "Paparazzi" and shocked the audience when she appeared to bleed out on stage. It was actually a contraption in her outfit, it was one of the memorial moments in VMA history. - leilacu00e1ssia

I voted for this because live version is better than studio version and it was art at its best.
It is an iconic performance not necessarily the best but at par with the best performance ever in vma.

5 Michael Jackson - ''Medley'' (1995)

Michael Jackson performed for over fifteen minutes to a medley of his main songs, including "Scream. ", and danced his signature moves, including the robot, moonwalk and the relatively unknown "Bankhead Bounce". While Slash accompanied Jackson and played guitar on "Black or White and the beginning of Billie Jean. " - leilacu00e1ssia

AT THE END OF THE DAY CRITICS FROM BILLBOARD AND MTV ALONG WITH 7 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED THIS THE BEST PERFORMANCE SO WHAT EVER IS A HEAD OF THIS ISN'T OFFICIALLY BETTER

This Should be number 1, why? , because MJ is number 1

Mj the king

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6 Eminem - ''The Real Slim Shady'' (2000)

Eminem performed his two singles "The Real Slim Shady" and "The Way I Am", the performance began with Eminem's single "The Real Slim Shady" which started outside the Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue, Manhattan. Eminem continued his performance into the arena and was followed by a hundred Eminem 'clones' wearing white tank tops and baggy jeans with dyed bleach blonde hair. - leilacu00e1ssia

7 Nirvana - ''Rape Me'' and ''Lithium'' (1992)

The censorship board was frightened that night...

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8 Beyoncé - ''Baby Boy'' and ''Crazy In Love'' (2003)

Beyoncé made a memorable entrance, descending upside down from the rafters at Radio City Music Hall. Knowles performed "Baby Boy" as she was gently lowered to the stage, dressed in harem pants. She was later joined by Jay-Z as they performed their duet "Crazy in Love. " The performance marked Knowles's solo debut. - leilacu00e1ssia

9 Britney Spears - "Oops I Did It Again" (2000)
10 Lady Gaga - Applause (2013)

The Newcomers

? Lorde - Homemade Dynamite

The Contenders

11 Green Day - "Let Yourself Go" (2012)
12 Madonna - Vogue
13 Beyonce - Beyonce (2013)

She performed the whole album! 17 songs!

14 Whitney Houston - ''How Will I Know'' and ''Greatest Love of All'' (1986)

Whitney Houston, who was one of the first female African American artists to receive heavy rotation on the network, performed "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love of All" at the 1986 Video Music Awards. The network had received criticism for not playing enough videos by black artists. - leilacu00e1ssia

15 U2 - "Elevation", "Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." (2001)

U2 had been set to perform a medley including "Elevation", "Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of. " The riser they were performing on lost power and MTV had to cut to several minutes of promos while everything was set up again. They lost power again and finally the band was lowered to the ground and performed without the riser. Lead singer Bono made reference after the performance that MTV "forgot to pay the electricity bill. " - leilacu00e1ssia

16 Pink - "Sober" (2009)
17 Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
18 Katy Perry - Roar

Boxing, shocked the last performance in VMAs get the world begin to roar - katyrihannanicki

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19 Selena Gomez - "Come & Get It" (2013)
20 Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
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1. Britney Spears - ''I'm Slave 4 U'' (2001)
2. Madonna - ''Like a Virgin'' (1984)
3. Madonna, Britney, Christina - ''Like A Virgin'' and ''Hollywood'' (2003)
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