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Most Iconic VMA Moments: Kanye West Interrupting Taylor Swift Is One of the Greatest Scandals Of All Time!

3 Dec

Welcome back to Celebuzz’s Most Iconic VMA Moments showdown. In anticipation of of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most memorable VMA scandal ever. Two weeks ago, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA performance. (Britney Spears’ 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” won in that category.) Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. (Congrats, once again, to Britney’s 2002 dominatrix-meets-biker-chick look!) Now, it’s all about the drama! You may vote once per hour.

Is Kanye West‘s interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009 most scandalous VMA moment ever? Let us know by voting below – and then read on for some classic “I’mma let you finish” memes that demonstrate this moment’s impact.

I’mma Let You Finish, But This Is One of the Most Scandalous VMA Moments of All Time! OF ALL TIME!

By now, you know what went down. In fact, we’re still talking about this moment four years later. But as a brief refresher: In 2009, Taylor Swift took the stage to accept the award for Best Female Video. As she began making her speech, Kanye West ran on the stage, took the mic from her hands, and pronounced that Beyonc ‘s “Single Ladies” video was “one of the best videos of all time,” which kind of put a damper on Taylor’s excitement, if you can believe it. Beyonc looked on, mortified, and the audience booed. Loudly. Taylor looked heartbroken (and rightfully so). (Fortunately, when accepting the award for Video of the Year, Beyonc brought Taylor back out and allowed her to finish her speech. As if you needed another reason to love Beyonc .) As for Kanye…

This incident caused a wave of backlash against the rapper, causing him to pull out of a co-headlining tour with Lady Gaga and, essentially, vanish from the face of the earth for several months. Though he disappeared, he was not forgotten #BecauseInternet. Below, folks, you’ll see the evidence of a truly iconic moment.

[Memes via Know Your Meme]

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite scandal above. Remember, you can vote once per hour. May the most scandalous moment win!

Read our feature on Madonna and Britney’s big kiss in 2003.

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Lady Gaga Kills Herself and Gives Us Life While Performing ‘Paparazzi’

30 Aug


Is Lady Gaga‘s 2009 performance of “Paparazzi” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Gaga goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

A Few Things to Consider About Lady Gaga’s Jaw-Dropping “Paparazzi” Performance

Some context: Lady Gaga was famous well before her iconic performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 VMAs. “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “LoveGame” smashed the charts earlier that year, and everyone was all, “That Gaga chick is so crazy!” But remember, this was pre-“Bad Romance,” pre-“Telephone.” It was before the meat dress, before the massively successful world tours. So when the curtain went up, people didn’t really know what to expect.

The unsuspecting – along with everyone else – were in for a treat. When Gaga took the stage for her first-ever VMAs performance, she let everyone know that she was The One To Beat. This performance helped catapult her to a level of superstardom not seen since Britney Spears rose to fame a decade earlier. Let’s be honest: do you really remember any performance from that night? (Not counting Kanye West‘s interruption of Taylor Swift, of course.)

But it wasn’t over yet. After a fierce dance routine, Gaga was all like “Oh, you think I’m a basic pop tart? Let me play you the song of my people” and gave us a few dramatic bars on the piano – one foot up on the keys like a modern day Tori Amos.

The rest, as they say, is herstory. Gaga’s outfit began bleeding, and as she stumbled across the stage, “dying” before our very eyes, it was clear that this would be a performance to remember. And we did.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 VMAs.

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