Tonight the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will go down in Los Angeles and it's not hard to predict that something scandalous will happen during the broadcast. After all, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown will all be in the same building, at the same time -- and only seats apart, too.
And with Green Day, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha also appearing at the awards you know at least one of them is going to do something to try to scandalize everyone.
It's going to have to be something pretty great/ridiculous/stupid to get our attention, though. After all, the bar for bizarre awards show stunts -- be they spontaneous or premeditated -- has been set as high as that Rage guy climbed during, well, just read....
Rage Against the Machine's Bassist Crashes Limp Bizkit's VMA Win
<strong>When: 2000 MTV Video Music Awards</strong> In "celebration" of Limp Bizkit's win for Best Rock Video over their own, Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford climbed an onstage display and sat perched atop it, watching Fred Durst awkwardly both ignore and acknowledge him. Arrested afterwards, Commerford was defended by bandmate Tom Morello, who claimed the police "overreacted," especially since the bassist didn't actually hurt anybody. Unless you count Fred Durst's feelings. Which we do not.
Kanye West Steals Taylor Swift's Thunder
<strong>When: 2009 MTV Video Music Awards</strong> None of us thought, "I'mma let you finish..." would become an indelible mark on our day-to-day lexicons, but when Kanye West hijacked Taylor Swift's microphone during her acceptance speech for winning Video Of The Year, pop culture transformed forever. Between Kanye's praise for Beyonce's video (that he claimed should have won), Beyonce's horrified expression, and Taylor Swift standing shell-shocked, only two words can successfully sum up the moment: never forget.
Britney, Madonna and Christina Aguilera Kiss
When: 2003 MTV Video Music Awards In the ultimate tribute to the Queen of Pop, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madge embraced their penchant for publicity by engaging in a three-way kiss during a performance of "Like a Virgin." While Christina's attention subsided within days, the moment itself secured headlines for weeks and signaled that like Britney once infamously sang, she wasn't "that innocent."
Beyonce Announces Her Pregnancy
<strong>When: 2011 MTV Video Music Awards</strong> Despite kind of displaying her baby bump on the pre-show red carpet, it was her performance of "Love On Top" and subsequent tummy-rub that made it official -- Beyonce was pregnant with Jay-Z's baby. (Or more importantly, Kanye West was going to be an uncle -- probably the greatest of all time.)
A Streaker Interrupts Hayden Panettiere's Onstage Moment
When: 2011 MTV Europe Video Music Awards The only thing worse than an impromptu streaker is one that's planted, but that didn't stop the MTV Europe think-tanks from enlisting Irish actor David Monahan to interrupt Hayden Panettiere onstage and engage her in idle chitchat. And unfortunately for all of us, those are just the bare facts.
Jarvis Cocker Interrupts Michael Jackson's Performance
<strong>When: 1996 Brit Awards</strong> For reasons only Clint Eastwood following last week's RNC may understand, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker invaded Michael Jackson's onstage performance during the 1996 Brit Awards as a form of protest. Claiming he was speaking out against MJ's depiction as a "Christ-like figure," he was later released after being arrested, and claimed it was relatively innocent since he didn't physically touch anyone. (Only our hearts, Jarvis. Only our hearts.)
Britney Spears Attempts a Comeback
When: 2007 MTV Video Music Awards Don't call it a comeback (please, anyone). After a few turbulent years that saw alleged drug abuse, divorce, and that infamous shaved head, Britney Spears returned to the live circuit by lip-syncing to "Gimme More" at the 2007 MTV VMAs, leaving audiences aghast by her lackluster and heartbreaking performance. Fortunately for us, now Britney is ACTUALLY back, and sequined bikinis (for anyone) are nowhere in sight.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Priestly Make Out Onstage
When: 1994 MTV Video Music Awards "And they said it wouldn't last..." Michael Jackson began seconds before engaging his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley in the most unwarranted make out in award show history. Unfortunately, for viewers, it did last -- seemingly nearly as long as the marriage itself.
Ol' Dirty Bastard Storms the Grammy Stage Following Wu-Tang Clan's Loss
<strong>When: 1998 Grammy Awards</strong> Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with. After losing Best Rap Album to Puff Diddy, Ol' Dirty Bastard stormed the Grammy stage and reminded everyone that "Wu Tang Clan is the best" and that unlike, say, any other rap artist (we assume), they are "for the children." Which is exactly why their albums remain so family-friendly.
Bruno Descends Upon Eminem
<strong>When: 2009 MTV Movie Awards</strong> In a convincingly acted stage confrontation, Bruno (Sasha Baron-Cohen) descended from the skies and into the face of Eminem, who got up close and personal with the actor's nether-regions. In response, the rapper and his posse stormed out, leaving audiences almost as shell-shocked as Eminem himself when he realized that this is how you got to leave award shows early.