Highlights

Another major year for hip-hop, top honors went to Beyoncé, Usher, Jay-Z and OutKast for "Hey Ya," arguably one of the greatest pop songs ever. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Jessica Simpson and Lil' Jon.

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8.29.2004, Miami: Best Male Video-winner Usher warms up the Magic City crowd with a soaking wet solo performance.

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8.29.2004, Miami: Thrice-nominated Christina Aguilera gets soulful during her performance of "Tilt Ya Head Back" with Nelly.

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8.29.2004, Miami: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt accepts the Moonman for Best Pop Video, a cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life."

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8.29.2004, Miami: Divinely dressed Jay-Z accepts the Moonman for Best Rap Video, "99 Problems."

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8.29.2004, Miami: P. Diddy gets political, promoting voter registration around the presidential election with his Vote or Die campaign.

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8.29.2004, Miami: Twice-nominated Jessica Simpson performs her hit, "Angels, " at the 2004 VMAs.

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8.29.2004, Miami: NY rapper Ma$e has a good time helping P. Diddy promote his Vote or Die campaign.

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8.29.2004, Miami: The legendary Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance to help Alicia Keys with her hit, "If I Ain't Got You."

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8.29.2004, Miami: Lenny Kravitz joins Stevie Wonder in backing up Alicia Keys on "If I Ain't Got You."

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8.29.2004, Miami: New soul crusader Alicia Keys honors the great Ray Charles' life and career.

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8.29.2004, Miami: Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin of Outkast performs a medley of songs, including monster hit, "Hey Ya," in a polka-dot ascot and a beret.

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