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14 Of The Queerest Moments In MTV VMA History

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Britney Spears and Madonna perform opening act at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage) | Getty

Let's face it -- awards shows in America can get pretty queer.

From Madonna and Britney's iconic lip-lock to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' moving rendition of "Same Love," the history of the MTV Video Music Awards is packed full of moments that have become iconic within the spectrum of queer pop culture. Not only are they now important cultural reference points, but these moments are now also considered foundational moments for queer visibility on a mainstream, televised awards show.

In honor of the 31st MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, we're taking a look back at 14 of the beloved show's queerest moments.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Tell us in the comments section below the slideshow -- and enjoy the VMAs, airing tonight on MTV at 9pm ET.

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