1) Too Hot To Handle (1989)
The 1989 Video Music Awards have largely been forgotten, thanks largely to the still-impossible-to-believe upset that Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” pulled over Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” in the Video of the Year category. However, a promising R&B talent named Bobby Brown performed a song from the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack, “On Our Own,” and made VMA history along the way. Now, we’ll say this: We don’t know for sure if the vial that Bobby Brown dropped on the stage floor during his performance and then quickly snatched up contained cocaine, but we also don’t know that it DIDN’T contain cocaine. For the record, in the fantastic book I Want My MTV, Bobby Brown claims “That was my diamond bracelet falling off my wrist,” but you can draw your own conclusions after watching Brown’s, um, highly energetic and off-the-charts sweaty performance!