When Beyoncé performed at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, she planned a very special entrance: A complex system of harnesses and pulleys held her suspended many feet in the air, upside down, before she was lowered to the stage for a hot medley of her then-new hits “Baby Boy” and “Crazy in Love.” She rehearsed the move thoroughly before trying it on live TV. The only problem? On the night of the show, Beyoncé ended up hanging in the air way longer than she expected to. “I’d never hung that long!” she told MTV News in this clip from later that year. “The people who were accepting the award, I don’t know if they were aware I was hanging that high — so I was dangling for a good minute or so. I’m like, ‘OK!’”
Watch Beyoncé’s 2003 interview on her dramatic VMAs entrance right here — and then make sure you tune in to MTV this Sunday for a new VMAs show like you’ve never seen.
Tune in to the 2016 VMAs, live from New York on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.