What started as a relatively straightforward tribute to the year's best music videos has evolved into a pageant of the bizarre and a showcase for controversial comedy, bawdy musical performances, and all manner of attention-getting antics.
In the YouTube era, where MTV has long since abandoned actual music video programming, the awards themselves mean less than ever. Just ask last year’s “Video of the Year” winner, Rihanna.
The publicity generated from the show, however, now in it’s 30th year, has never been higher (just ask Rihanna’s boyfriend, Chris Brown).
In honor of the 2013 VMAs -- live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET and featuring performances from Drake, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and others -- here’s a list of the most memorable moments in VMA history.