Tomorrow night is the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards, the show no one remembers for who won what. When you gather a group of artists, stars and celebs of this caliber, you’re guaranteed more than a few memorable moments. Boob jiggling, giant snakes, and Rose McGowan are just the tip of the iceberg.
Here’s a look back at the awards’ greatest hits.
1984: Madonna pops the VMAs’ cherry, inaugurating this first annual awards show with her performance of “Like a Virgin.”
1985: Eddie Murphy takes to the mic as host.
1986: Whitney wins her first Moon Man!
1987: Prince brought a forecast of Purple Rain.
1988: Michael Jackson, master of the moonwalk, makes his first appearance with on the show and receives a VMA.
1989: Andrew Dice Clay’s adult nursery rhymes got so dicey it earned him the show’s first and only lifetime ban.
1990: Madonna vogues her way into the new decade with a decadent performance.
1991: Poison’s Bret Michaels and C.C. DeVille came to blows backstage after a performance together.
1992: MTV got its first whiff of teen spirit, as Nirvana took the stage. Kurt and Co. played the opening verses of “Rape Me” before launching into “Lithium” — ending in a (failed) bass toss.
1993: RuPaul partied postshow with the whole Nirvana family.
1994: Michael and Lisa Marie shared their love; the music community mourned the loss of Cobain.
1995: Courtney Love kept trying to get our attention.
1996: David Lee Roth awkwardly reunited with the rest of Van Halen. Things soured backstage, and they broke up again.
1997: Martha Stewart looked uncomfortable; the world met Marilyn Manson.
1998: Rose McGowan made some risky red carpet choices.
1999: Diana Ross gave Lil’ Kim a lil’ jiggle.
2000: Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
2001: It’s Britney, bitch!
2002: Christina caused outrage when she appeared onstage wearing this.
2003: The VMAs turned 20, and these three ladies united to help celebrate.
2004: Outkast shook it like a Polaroid picture after winning Video of the Year for “Hey Ya!”
2005: It was a red letter day for the boys of Green Day, who took home seven VMAs following the release of American Idiot.
2006: Justin Timberlake brought sexy back.
2008: That’s more like it!
2009: Who could forget Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift?
2010: Lady Gaga broke records for most video nominations — all while wearing a quite rare dress.
2011: Beyonce had an announcement to make.