by (@TaylorFerber)

Butts, Boobs, Interruptions + Drag: Crazy VMA Moments That You May Have Forgotten About

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The MTV Video Music Awards never fail to provide us with a vast array of WTF?! moments. For example, Miley Cyrus‘ foam finger and twerking combo will forever be ingrained in our minds. And between her controversial “Like a Virgin” performance in 1984 and her threesome kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003, Madonna is a VMA legend. Tragically, these moments often overshadow slightly less insane (but still totally nutty) incidents. What about those other crazy escapades that didn’t get as much headline love? Some folks may have forgotten, but we have not.

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The Most Jaw-Dropping Opening Performances In VMA History

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Each year, MTV’s Video Music Awards boasts a fantasy lineup of every artist you’d ever want to see in concert. But unlike many festival extravaganzas, the most crucial performance is usually the opener. This prized slot always goes to the superstar guaranteed to bring the gasps with awesomely unexpected antics. Among the unforgettable opening acts are Britney Spears and Madonna‘s infamous kiss, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky‘s sizzling duet, and Eminem leading an army of bleach-blonde Eminems through New York City. This year, reigning pop queen Ariana Grande has been tapped to open the proceedings. How will she measure up to these past greats? We can’t wait to find out!

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Nobody’s Perfect: 10 Musicians Accused Of Gross Habits That Will Make You Gag

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Fans are repeatedly disappointed when facing the fact that their favorite artists are far from perfect. However, it’s not every day that devotees are totally grossed out by musicians’ shortcomings. Which stars have been accused of — or even admitted to — some seriously nasty habits?

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Cover Story: The Most Iconic Rolling Stone Covers of All Time

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For 47 years, music fans have looked to Rolling Stone as the primary source for edgy and flamboyant reporting that pushes limits and goes where no other publication dares. The articles are always challenging and thought-provoking, but it’s their bold and often-controversial covers that are forever burned into our memory.

From outlandish illustrations to stark portraits, these images comment on sensitive subjects like presidential elections, terrorism, drugs, and (of course) nudity. They’ve put the nails on the “good girl” coffins of stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus. They’ve pinned rap superstars Kanye West and 50 Cent against each other, and sexualized teen shows like Glee and Gossip Girl. They’ve put the spotlight on monsters who have hurt this country, and those who have been sacrificed to help it.

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Every Year of the ’90s Ranked According to Music

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As millennials relive the ‘90s in all its glory, it’s hard not to celebrate the ups and downs of music over the course of the decade. As technology and the political climate changed so did fans appetite for genres like gangsta rap, grunge, new jack swing, punk, and pop. These different styles of music helped usher in new artists, like Mariah Carey, Nirvana, BoyzIIMen, Spice Girls, and Puff Daddy, that would go on to become mainstays of the ‘90s.

As with any nostalgic music post, things need to be ranked and, in this case, we ranked each year based on selection of music and events to happen over the course of the ‘90s.

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Overused Music Video Cliches That Will NEVER Die

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Just as fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a happy ending, music videos tend to follow a stock list of tropes. It may seem pretty standard today, but let’s not forget that concepts seemed so fresh and new back in the day. Britney Spears…Baby One More Time” got millions of teens daydreaming about skipping class to dance in pigtail braids. Blink-182′s “What’s My Age Again” made us want to run around naked in public, and Backstreet BoysI’ll Never Break Your Heart” made it cool to sing about unrequited love in a futuristic hotel.

Now these tropes are old and tired after we’ve seen them in dozens of derivative videos. How many times are we going to see rappers pop bottles in the club? How many R&B singers will feel lonely and angry in an empty hotel room? The answer is: a lot. Let’s examine each overused music video cliche specifically, shall we?

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Auto-Tuneless: Remember That Time Your Favorite Pop Star Actually Sang?

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If you didn’t know that most pop performers’ vocals are technologically modified on their albums and during their performances, then congratulations on keeping your music innocence intact this long. It seems these days that the art of pure singing has transformed into over-the-top costumes and the smoke and mirrors. Having talent doesn’t always mean vocally. Just ask Britney Spearssometimes.

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