It all started in 1984, when Madonna rolled around on stage performing "Like a Virgin." Since that very first time, we've seen Britney Spears strip, Beyoncé and Jay Z go crazy in love, and Lil' Kim get felt up by icon Diana Ross. Then, of course, in 2006, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back all over again. But we know it never really went away, especially when twerking came into the picture (thanks, Miley). In honor of the VMAs tonight, we decided to highlight some of the steamiest and most scandalous moments in the award show's history. We can't wait for more!
— Additional reporting by Tara Block
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