Surprising VMA Moments

Alyson Stoner works it during her dance routine with Video Vanguard Award-winner Missy Elliott.

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Alyson Stoner works it during her dance routine with Video Vanguard Award-winner Missy Elliott. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Alyson Stoner's stank face is everything while she dances at the 2019 VMAs.

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Alyson Stoner's stank face is everything while she dances at the 2019 VMAs. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez reunites with Ja Rule for her showstopping Vanguard performance that we couldn't help but sing along to.

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Cardi B trolls us all with her surprise guest on stage that turned out to to be her Moon Person in 2018.

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We all needed a moment after watching Chance the Rapper’s shocked yet delighted reaction after Beyoncé crashed his interview at the 2016 VMAs.

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As long as Beyoncé is performing at the VMAs, you can count on it to be legendary. Queen B stopped the world and surprised the audience with an endless supply of ‘Lemonade’ when she performed her entire album at the 2016 VMAs.

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After receiving 2015’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Kanye West announced that he would run for president in 2020. Yes, really!

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The rumored return of *NSYNC brought the 2013 VMA audience to its feet as the OG boy band reunited for Justin Timberlake’s Video Vanguard performance.

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What was the Smith family so surprised by in the 2013 VMA audience? Turns out they were just starstruck by Lady Gaga’s performance!

In 2012, Kevin Hart's opening monologue goes from serious to silly; one minute he is lecturing Chris Brown and Drake about letting go of their egos and the next he is stage diving in to the crowd!

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In 2012, host Kevin Hart’s opening monologue ended with an acrobatic stage dive into the crowd that came out of nowhere!

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With a graceful rub of her growing baby bump, Beyoncé took the world by storm as she announced her pregnancy on stage at the 2011 VMAs.

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Lady Gaga pushed fashion boundaries while accepting the award for 2010’s Video Of The Year in an ensemble made entirely of meat.

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Kanye West left Taylor Swift speechless and the audience shocked when he interrupted her Best Female Video acceptance speech in 2009.

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Host Jack Black accidentally lit himself on fire while trying to “bring the thunder” at the 2006 VMAs.

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Michael Jackson’s 2001 surprise performance with *NSYNC left millions of people around the world with jaws agape, and ultimately created one of the most memorable MTV moments for decades to come.

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During his 2000 performance of “The Real Slim Shady,” an endless line of Eminem lookalikes followed the real Marshall Mathers, bobbing their heads to the beat.

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Rumored rivals Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston were caught in a quintessential diva moment when they realized they were both wearing the same “one-of-a-kind” dress at the 1998 Video Music Awards.