Dressed as a sexed-up bride, Madonna did not hold back at the first Video Music Awards in 1984. Her "Like a Virgin" performance made not only MTV, but all award show history. She popped out of a giant cake, rocked a wedding dress, and rolled around ooh-ing and aah-ing all over the stage. The VMAs had officially arrived!
No butts about it, Rose McGowan was anything but shy at the 1998 VMAs with equally edgy then-boyfriend Marilyn Manson at her side.
At the 1999 awards, Lil Kim took a risk wearing a purple wig and matching pasty. But it was Diana Ross who took things to the next level when she gave Lil' Kim's shell-covered ta-ta a bounce for good luck.
During her 2000 performance of "Satisfaction" and "Oops I Did It Again," Britney Spears proved she's not that innocent. Coming out in a tailored sparkly suit, Britney soon bared all in two seamless rips.
The next year, Britney heated things up again with her "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance at the 2001 VMAs. The combination of that giant python and Britney's scantily clad, smokin' hot bod got everyone's temperature rising.
Eminem started off his 2002 performance all suited up. But he soon was stripped down and showing his muscles and tattoos.
If you were alive and breathing in 2003, you heard about this girl-on-girl action at the VMAs. During Britney and Christina Aguilera's hot rendition of Madonna's 1984 "Like A Virgin" performance, Madonna came out on stage dressed as a groom and, of course, soon kissed her two brides. Yes, Britney is totally dominating this list.
They may have been overshadowed by Britney and Madonna's epic kiss that night, but Beyoncé and Jay Z's performance was a force to be reckoned with. Although they didn't come out as an official couple for some time, it looked like they were already crazy in love at the 2003 VMAs. There's no disputing their chemistry.
Christina Aguilera did her best to channel over-the-top sexy during her Xtina stage. That meant a double performance during the 2003 VMAs. After opening the show with the Madonna-Britney threeway, Christina performed "Dirrrty" and "Fighter." Guitarist Dave Navarro joined her on stage for a hot jam session.
Sexy was back and in action at the Radio City Music Hall when Justin Timberlake performed his Summer hit "Sexy Back" during the 2006 VMAs. His full album FutureSex/LoveSounds was released a few days later. During his performance a dressed-up JT showed off some impressive dance moves that got the ladies screaming in the crowd.
Usher put on a light spectacle at the 2010 VMAs with the choreography to back it up. He also had the support of a tough gang of hot-looking dancers.
In 1994, Michael Jackson and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley introduced the show hand in hand. Before the kiss — which not everyone described as sexy, exactly — that made VMA lip-locking history, Jackson said, "Just think, nobody thought this would last." Their marriage lasted four years, which is like 40 in celebrity years!
At the 2010 show, Cher presented a meat-clad Lady Gaga wearing the outfit from her "Turn Back Time" video. She noted, "Back in the day, I used to get thrown off MTV for wearing things like this that seem so tame now."
The Spice Girls zigazig aahed at the 1997 VMAs, showing lots of of legs, midriff, or a combination of both.
Keeping close and smiling wide at the 1995 VMAs, TLC showed some skin and love for each other. Nothing sexier than that.
At the 2011 VMAs, Lady Gaga flirted with Britney Spears as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, saying that he used to be turned on by posters of the pop princess on his bedroom wall. Despite Jo's teasing for another onstage girl-on-girl kiss, Britney turned him down, saying, "I've done that already."
Funny lady Rebel Wilson bared her bush, well, sort of, in a revealing bikini shirt while she was on stage with British boy band The Wanted at the 2012 VMAs. She then attempted to take them all home with her so "everybody wins!"