Since their 1984 debut, the Video Music Awards have thrived on being the unpredictable younger sibling of America's awards-show family — and the fact that they're 31 years old this year hasn't slowed down their penchant for causing headlines and shaking up the pop music world. Here are 31 moments from VMAs past that have caused tongues to wag and eyebrows to raise.
24. Lady Gaga Hangs Herself Onstage (2009)
Lady Gaga's swift ascent to the forefront of pop music had one of its crowning moments when she garnered nine VMA nominations in her first eligible year. And she arrived at the broadcast ready to cement her status as a different kind of superstar, doubling down on the dark storyline of her nominated "Paparazzi" video with a surreal pop-art/art-pop performance. After some wacky masks and choreography, things took a turn when fame literally kills Gaga, and she closes the performance hanging from a noose, her face smeared in blood.
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The rest of the list was pretty random. I think our only chance at good wtf-ery this year is Nicki if she performs Anaconda.