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14 MTV VMA Performances Better Than Miley Cyrus' Furries Twerkstravaganza

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | August 26, 2013 | Comments ()


Britney Spears and NSYNC Medley- 1999

Pearl Jam featuring Neil Young - “Animal” - 1993

INXS - “New Sensation” - 1988

Guns N’ Roses featuring Elton John - “November Rain” - 1992

Rage Against the Machine - “Testify” - 2000

Britney Spears - “I’m A Slave 4 U” - 2001

Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - “Gold Digger” - 2005

Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - “Hips Don’t Lie” - 2006

Bon Jovi - “Livin’ On A Prayer” - 1989

Eminem - “The Real Slim Shady” - 2000

Madonna - “Vogue” - 1990

Michael Jackson Medley - 1995

Beastie Boys - “Sabotage” - 1994

Backstreet Boys - “I Want It That Way/Larger Than Life” - 1999

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  • Amy Love

    In the first video, every single dancer, even Britney herself, is WEARING PANTS. Am I terribly old fashioned to find that refreshing?

  • mswas

    As much as I love the Vogue performance, let's go all the way back to Madonna's Like A Virgin performance at the very first MTV awards in 1984. http://youtu.be/AFiwFKDyp8A

  • llp

    Good lord, INXS was so good.

  • Meh

    I love how they adjust their headset mics like it's going to make a difference.

  • hippyherb

    Ahhh, Bon Jovi. Now that was a live performance.

  • The BSB also did a pretty badass performance of "Everybody" in their ridiculous costumes and it was the BEST. I remember sitting in front of my TV and screaming my head off.


    Those were the days.

    (she says as if she wouldn't do the exact same damn thing at 30)

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I would have punched a dozen old people to get front row tickets to the BSB and NKOTB tour. LE SIGH.

  • Sean

    I would have gone with Pearl Jam/Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World". Also Prince "Get Off". Who outdid everything Miley ever would hope to achieve. LL Cool J from around that time as well. "Momma Said Knock You Out". That was the last time I liked rap.

  • apsutter

    I'm not sure if it was the VMA's but I really loved the performance by Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars of "Tightrope" a couple years ago.

  • susiemderkins

    you know, it's kind of weird to say, but one of the things I love about that Britney performance is the shoes she's wearing. She's wearing sneakers y'all (so are all the back up dancers, but she, most notably)! Sensible shoes for dancing -- not crazy ass heels. I don't know why I like it so much - it almost seems less slick, less produced (which is probably not objectively true).

    I always loved JC the best. How is it possible that JT was the one who 'made it'?

  • mairimba

    JT is the one that dated Britney.

  • apsutter

    Yea I always loved how she would wear sneakers, sports bras, and general workout gear back then. It just highlighted her general sportiness.

  • kirbyjay

    Fuck pop and their slick dance moves, lip synching and insipid generic tunes.

    Screaming guitars

    Pounding drums

    Distinctive lead singers

    A thumping beat that you feel inside your soul


  • ,

    Rock is dead, they said.



  • Sassy Rouge

    Oh, this gave me many smiles. And Shakira is a marvel.

  • upstate

    How wasted was Slash in 1992? Couldn't keep time, couldn't hit the notes, totally wasted a piano-playing guest spot by Elton John (who might be the best "featured" guest in VMA history).

  • Armandazo

    No love for "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai in the 1997 VMA's? http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

  • ,

    The fact we even mention Miley Cyrus outside of a movie context makes me want to turn in my PajibaCard.

  • koko temur

    I am not ashamed to admit i just danced around in my underwear to that backstreet boys song. Awesome list.

  • $27019454

    Neil Young leaves everyone in the dust. Trailblazing songwriter, guitarist, performer. He's the real deal. Genuine, heartfelt, unrepentant, influential and no bullshit. Just rock and roll from the heart and soul. A bedrock of cool and integrity. Next to some of these overly polished rhinestones, this guy shines from within. Long live rock.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I wish I could upvote you twice. Real deal Neil, y'all.

  • Berry


  • Modernlove

    The N Sync medley with the TVs, man. I still remember that like it was yesterday.

  • JenVegas

    Ha. They bleeped the word clitoris in Em's performance. Point made, I think.

  • ,

    They could have dubbed in "Deloris."

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    Or Mulva.

  • Samantha Klein

    Thank you for Vogue. Still my favorite.

  • John G.

    "November Rain" man, that takes me back. Axel Rose should have died young. Seeing him now makes me sad.

  • kirbyjay

    and Michael Hutchence should have lived to be a sexy old man

  • Lurkey Turkey

    Isn't the more accurate answer, "All of them?" That was terribad.

  • oilybohunk7

    This was going to be my comment.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    It would have been a looooong list, my friend.

  • Lurkey Turkey


  • Ley

    Bone Thugz N Harmony performing "Tha Crossroads" in '96, yo.

  • John G.

    Can we be done now with both Miley Cyrus and Blurred Lines? I mean, seriously, people, it was already a song about how hard it is not to rape, and then to have crazy twerk-tarded miley cyrus grinding on the guy just makes it worse.

  • mairimba

    Oh. I just posted on my facebook Britney's 2000 performance where she stripped to the skin color outfit. That's the difference with being sexy and being trashy.

  • But at the time, Britney caused the same "what do I tell my young daughter now?" blowback that Miley caused last night.

  • Berry

    Isn't it funny how these things work? Every time. Or Everytime, as Britney would have it (without my wings, I feel so small, I guess I need you, baby.... )

  • Teerace20

    Well thanks, now I've fallen into a Britney and N*SYNC wormhole and I can't get out.

  • pthalio

    It might be childish but I still ship Brit Brit and Justin... I don't even care...

  • Modernlove

    I just found a full concert of theirs on YouTube. I'm not even sorry that this is how I'm spending my Monday.

  • John G.

    Fuck work today, it's youtube nostalgia all day, y'all

  • kimk

    I can think of 5 more off the top of my head - Nirvana, TLC, Salt n' Pepa, Lady Gaga, Beyonce...

    Setting aside the old factor (as in "I am...") with a couple exceptions the performances last night were just not very good, and none I think were particularly memorable in a good way.

  • Az

    Oh, Britney. you are missed. She is the first person Timberlake should have thanked yesterday. that girl MADE him.

  • apsutter

    She sure as hell did. Without them dating and breaking up just as his solo career was starting he would have been fucked.

  • Seriously. I clicked through thinking I HOPE THEY ARE ALL BRITNEY

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