1. Miley Cyrus Performs “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music AwardsIn a year of shaking butts, this is the pièce de résistance; need we remind you of how many conversations about Miley’s actions were took place in the days that followed? Her risque routine was debated to death on television and entertainment blogs, dubbed a “minstrelsy” and sparked discussions about cultural appropriation and slut-shaming in today’s pop culture. All of which are necessary topics deserving of attention. Dressed in a nude bra top and panties, with an over-sized foam finger, Cyrus gyrated, shook her behind and grazed Thicke’s crotch, causing our jaws to hit the floor. (He’s a dad!) It wasn’t the first moment where Miley shocked us, but it took her whole schtick to another level. It’s a performance that will surely be regarded one of the most “shocking” in MTV VMA history, and only helped to elevate her stock even more.