Jay-Z’s Top VMA Moments: A Look Back

Before he takes the stage on September 13, we remember Hov's other big VMA appearances.

The [url id="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2009/"]2009 MTV Video Music Awards[/url] are back in New York this year, and no one represents the Big Apple quite like [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist]. So, it only makes sense for the Brooklyn rap icon to perform during the festivities. When the show airs live on September 13 at 9 p.m. ET, Jay will take to the stage to perform a track from his upcoming album, The Blueprint 3, which will drop just days prior to the big show.

It won’t be his first time appearing at the VMAs, although it’ll definitely be one of his most eagerly anticipated. Here MTV News recaps five other memorable times Hov graced our stage in the past 10 years.

1999: Run This Town
[url id="http://www.mtv.com/photos/jay-zs-greatest-vma-moments/1618579/4185187/photo.jhtml"]Jay-Z made his VMA performance debut[/url] in a big way at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Joined by Ja Rule and Amil, Jigga took to the stage to perform his breakout hit “Can I Get A …”  along with a medley of tracks from his best-selling Vol 2…Hard Knock Life. His 2009 performance has a lot to live up to in order to top this one.

2001: Classic
Just days before he released one of his most celebrated albums, The Blueprint, Jay-Z was already basking in the success of the project. The legendary lyricist donned a number 23 Chicago Bulls jersey with Carter emblazoned on the back as [url id="http://www.mtv.com/photos/jay-zs-greatest-vma-moments/1618579/4185188/photo.jhtml"]he performed “Izzo (H.O.V.A).”[/url] The message was clear: This was his year in hip-hop. Everyone agreed.

2003: Meet the Carters
Madonna’s kiss with Britney may have had tongues wagging, but the real steam came when [url id="http://www.mtv.com/photos/jay-zs-greatest-vma-moments/1618579/4185189/photo.jhtml"]Jay-Z joined Beyoncé for their hit “Crazy in Love.”[/url] B cozied up to Jay and put some extra oomph into her moves when she walked past her man. Jay might not have been onstage for long, but sparks were flying during his screen time.

2004: And The Winner Is … Hov!
The Roc boy was definitely in the house on this night. [url id="http://www.mtv.com/photos/jay-zs-greatest-vma-moments/1618579/4185190/photo.jhtml"]Jay-Z tied with Outkast[/url] for the most Moonmen at the 2004 VMAs held in Miami. His gritty, artistic and authentic clip for “99 Problems” scored the Roc-A-Fella boss wins for Best Rap Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. He did say he would not lose.

2006: King of New York
You guys thought Mayor Bloomberg oversaw the city? Think again. Jay-Z introduced the 2006 VMAs perched 70 stories atop the famed GE Building in Rockefeller Plaza. The show was back in New York after two consecutive years in Miami. With one simple line and gesture, he made us feel like we never left. “Welcome home,” Jay said as he put on his trademark Yankee hat.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.