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08/22/2014 05:05 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2014

30 Of The Greatest MTV VMA Moments Of All Time

This year marks a milestone anniversary for the MTV Video Music Awards. Over the past 30 years, the music show has delivered some of the wildest and most memorable moments in pop culture history.

In 1984, the annual event debuted with a performance of "Like A Virgin" by Madonna. Michael Jackson, Nirvana and TLC, among many others, left their mark in the years that followed. Then, in 2000, Britney Spears stole the crown to become Queen of the VMAs with a half-naked rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again!" Her reign would continue through a python performance and a kiss with Madonna.

It's clear the MTV VMAs -- with its hijacked speeches, meat dresses and surprise baby announcements -- rarely fail to deliver.

Check out some of the greatest moments from the show below. Watch the 2014 VMAs live from Inglewood, California, Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. EST on MTV.

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