The 2010 MTV VMA Countdown: Avenged Sevenfold Scare The Children

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards less than a month away. The biggest party of the year features nominated clips by Lady Gaga, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ke$ha and Katy Perry and will feature performances by Kanye West, Drake and Florence and the Machine (with many more to be announced). In order to properly prepare yourself for what's to come, every day the MTV Newsroom Blog will deliver a classic moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Today's installment: Avenged Sevenfold touch a whole new generation.

The 2006 Video Music Awards saw the show return to New York City's Radio City Music Hall after two years at the American Airlines Arena in sunny Miami, Florida. The return to the first home for the VMAs didn't mean that the show was any more traditional, however. My Chemical Romance debuted their new single on top of Rockefeller Center, stars like Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls dominated the unusual fashion of the time and outside underdogs Panic! at the Disco took home the prize for Video of the Year for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" in a relatively stunning upset. But the greatest moment of the night came when the men of Avenged Sevenfold took the stage to accept the prize for Best New Artist.

The presenters of the award — a competition between A7X, James Blunt, Angels & Airwaves, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Panic! at the Disco — were the aforementioned Fergie and then-10-year-old actress Abigail Breslin, who had charmed the pants off of audiences who saw her in that summer's surprise hit "Little Miss Sunshine." When Avenged won in a minor upset, they hit the stage in their traditional way: Tattooed, sleeveless and larger than life. Since she probably wasn't used to a bunch of muscular black-clad metal dudes hanging around her, Breslin looked absolutely petrified as they collected their Moonman and delivered their acceptance speech. It was a great moment for the band, and the juxtaposition of them and Breslin made for great TV.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.