Controversial Music Moments of the Past That Are No Big Deal Today

  • Photo of Elvis Presley

  • Beatles On TV

  • Rolling Stones Group Portrait

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  • Paul Natkin Archive

  • 60th Annual Academy Awards – Press Room

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  • Milli Vanilli

  • Book Party for “Sex” – October 15, 1992

  • US musician Prince performs during half-

  • 2003 MTV Video Music Awards – Show

  • arrivals at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards

Today’s brash and illicit images in the media have completely desensitized the minds of music lovers. Nicki Minaj’s overtly sexual “Anaconda” art cover sparked initial shock but quickly blew over once people realized seeing a person’s butt wasn’t anything new. The same goes for rockers dressing in drag, singers getting caught lip syncing and the occasional sex tape scandal. Is it sad to say that in 2014, controversy is not as controversial anymore? Well, yes and no. It’s still a big deal when Rihanna shows up to a red carpet basically naked in a sheer dress but we’ve seen Cher do that at the Oscars more than 20 years ago. Check out original controversial music moments that paved that way for outrageous moments today.

Speaking of controversy, Miley Cyrus has been the center of wild behavior since her infamous twerking debut at the 2013 MTV VMAs. Watch Miley rationalize her behavior in this throwback clip of “Miley: The Movement.”

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