At the 2009 VMA Awards pop singer Taylor Swift beat out Beyonce for ‘Best Female Video.’ Kanye West stormed the stage, taking the mic from Swift and said Beyonce was more deserving of the award. (File Photo)
Suge Knight used his acceptance speech during the 1995 Source Awards to indirectly diss Puff Daddy. The New York crowd booed the West Coast producer. Snoop Dogg returned to the stage later in the night to address the crowd. Some argue this is what started the famed East-West rivalry in hip-hop. (YouTube)
After an alleged backstage confrontation between RuPaul and Milton Berle, the two walked on stage to present an award at the 1993 MTV VMAs. While presenting the scuffle continued when RuPaul ad-libbed, “So you used to wear gowns, but now you’re wearing diapers.” A stunned Berle responded: “Oh, we’re going to ad-lib? I’ll check my brain and we’ll start even” (YouTube)
Prince stirred controversy when he performed in a**less pants during 1991’s MTV VMAs. (YouTube)
Before Kanye made headlines from storming a stage, Wu-Tand Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard did it during the 1998 Grammy Awards. ODB interrupted ‘Song of the Year’ winner Shawn Colvin to express how upset he was that Wu-Tang Clan lost to Puff Daddy in the category of “Best Hip-Hop Album,” saying during his rant that “Puffy is good but Wu-Tang is the best.” (YouTube)
Nicki Minaj entered the 2012 Grammy Awards dressed in a red gown and escorted by an actor dressed as the Pope. Her performance during the show as her alter-ego ‘Roman’ was deemed by some to be sacrilegious. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
In the midst of being boycotted for his allegedly homophobic lyrics, rapper Eminem teamed up with openly gay music icon Elton John for a duet during the 2001 Grammy Awards. The two performed Eminem’s record “Stan.” (YouTube)
While presenting an award at the 1997 VMAs, legendary singer Diana Ross couldn’t help but touch rapper Lil Kim’s exposed left breast, only covered by a pasty. (YouTube)
As soon as he got on stage to accept 2003’s Best Actor Oscar for his role in “The Pianist,” Adrien Brody kissed the presenter, Halle Berry, right on the lips. Some argue the abrupt kiss was in bad taste. (YouTube)
Madonna locked lips with both Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears during a 2003 MTV VMA performance. This moment marked the end of Spears’ ‘good girl’ image. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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The heat may finally be off Kanye West when it comes to controversial award show moments, following Miley Cyrus’ performance during last night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus’ performance has been dubbed more raunchy than provocative, containing crotch grabbing, tongue-wagging and, of course, twerking.
After watching the most recent controversial VMA performance, theGrio put together a list of the most controversial award show moments.
Click through the slideshow and let us know which moment is your favorite in the comments below.
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