With the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards just around the corner, it's always fun to look back at some notable moments. While it's easy to find countless lists of the best performances from the award show, no one seems to talk about the worst.
The VMAs has its share of embarrassing moments. Some of them come from first timers while others are provided by veterans who should know better. But as they say, this is the one award show where anything can happen good or bad. Whether they were confusing, cheesy, atrocious, or just plain bad here are some of the worst performances from VMA history.
Eddie Murphy closes out the 1985 VMA's
For the 1985 VMA's MTV made the wise decision to have superstar Eddie Murphy host the event. With the success of 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop" Murphy was a must have. He does a decent enough job of hosting and remains witty and funny throughout the event.
It wasn't until the end where things took a sour turn. With Tina Turner on stage, Murphy begins singing over a track of his single "Party All the Time."
As if hearing the song wasn't bad enough, the live version is even worse. It becomes painfully obvious the comedian can't sing. No matter how you look at it, "Party All the Time" is one of the moments from the '80s you wish you could forget.
The end of Poison
1991 was a rough year for hair metal bands. With the takeover of grunge and a thirst for something new, most bands ended and moved on. Poison tried to keep going and wanted to prove they could survive. Their disastrous performance at the 1991 VMA's showed otherwise.
The band were scheduled to play "Unskinny Bop," but guitarist C.C. DeVille, drunk out of his mind, refused. Instead they did "Talk Dirty to Me," which sounded dreadful since DeVille wasn't in tune with the rest of the band. There's even a point where the guitar unplugged itself, yet he barely noticed.
Bret Michaels ended the set by saying "It's not perfect, but it's rock n roll!" After that, Michaels fired DeVille; he came back five years later.
Madonna goes Hindu
Madonna is the queen of reinvention, but even audiences were confused when she came out in traditional Hindu garb at the 1998 VMA's. She performed "Shanti Ashtangi" complete with Hindu inspired dance moves and vocals.
It seemed like that was the entire performance before she did a shaky rendition of "Ray of Light." It's bad enough she didn't sound good during the song, but what was she thinking for the opening? It's as if Madonna went Hindu and she wanted everyone to join her. It's almost as bad as when she wanted everyone to call her Esther.
Make 'em say stop
Master P is known for two things: being the father of Lil' Romeo and the atrocious "Make 'em Say," which wound up being his biggest hit. His rendition of it at the 1998 ceremony was an ear piercing mess.
The stage was littered with cheerleaders, people flipping, and playing basketball, plus the rapper and his crew. The rapper shouted out each lyric off key and out of tune. Guess you can't expect much from a song that sounds like someone taking a crap.
Fred Durst and Christina Aguilera duet?
In what has to be one of the oddest duets of all time, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst joined Christina Aguilera on stage during "Come on Over." Audiences got confused when Durst casually strolled through the crowd and launched into "Livin' it Up."
Aguilera's over the top vocals matched with Durst's sloppy rapping were kind on the ears. One thing the performance did do was add more fuel to the rumors the two were dating. This moment serves as an unwelcome reminder that Limp Bizkit were once popular.
Andy Dick is one of those people you either like or just hate. His awkward comedy can manage to get a few chuckles, but that wasn't the case at the 2001 VMA's. As his alter ego Daphne Aguilera, Dick strutted on stage in an all too revealing two piece outfit showing more of him than anyone wanted to see.
Gyrating, thrusting, and doing more on stage than you want to imagine, he then stopped to call out Christina Aguilera, who just laughed it off. While it was funny when he lunged after her in the crowd, no one needs to see him in a get up like that again.
The return of Axl Rose
No one expected to hear from Guns N Roses in 2002, but it happened. Sadly, it wasn't as awesome as everyone hoped it would be. With Axl Rose the sole original member, the band chugged through songs "Welcome to the Jungle," "Madagascar," and "Paradise City."
Once he started singing, it was clear this wasn't the same band of the '80s. Rose slid, hopped, and glided across stage with his atrocious new dreads people couldn't stop talking about.
Also, he sounded horrible as he tried to hit those high notes and failed. Out of breath and out of practice, this would mark the downfall of the band.
Who are these people on stage?
When this group hit the stage it looked like a cult suddenly took over the ceremony. It was only the Polyphonic Spree (I don't remember them either). This choir rock band performed the song "Hold Me Now" and while it looked like they were having a good time on stage many wondered who they were.
They didn't look like the typical MTV guests, rather you expected them to start preaching. It's one of those weird moments so few remember for good reason.
A random MC Hammer apperance
MC Hammer's appearance at the 2005 VMA's was brief, but still baffling. Why was he even there? Introduced as "one of my heroes" by P. Diddy, Hammer came out in an oversized suit pulling off some of his classic moves.
He even did one verse from his hit "Can't Touch This." He did a decent enough job, but the performance was so short and random it left many scratching their heads. To make it even worse it seemed like the DJ wanted to make a hot new remix of the song. It didn't work.
R Kelly mimes on stage for six minutes
As if R. Kelly's 2005 "rap opera" entitled "Trapped in the Closet" wasn't ridiculous enough with tales of infidelity, love triangles, and false identities, Kelly debuted the next chapter live at the 2005 VMA's.
The performance was nothing but the singer miming the song and "acting" out each part to a pre-recorded track. He didn't even hide the fact he wasn't singing as there were parts he would stop and the vocal track kept playing.
Kelly preceded to look like a crazy man for six straight minutes. He couldn't act, let alone lip-synch. Who thought this was a good idea? What's worse is he released the last chapter of the saga in 2012.
What was supposed to be Britney Spears' comeback turned out to be one of her most embarrassing moments. A dead-eyed Spears barely lip-synced to "Gimme More" while sort of dancing in an ill-fitting outfit.
She does her best to look sexy but ends up looking awkward and unsure of herself. She was uncoordinated and wobbled across the stage. No large of amount of back up dancers could hide how terrible the performance was. It has since gone done as one of the worst moments in VMA history.
The twerk seen around the world
If there was one moment everyone saw from last year's ceremony, it's this one. Cyrus wanted to prove she wasn't the clean, Disney artist any longer. Wearing a flesh colored bikini while sticking out her tongue, she shocked the crowd with her risque rendition of "We Can't Stop" filled with teddy bears and lots of grinding.
Things got worse when Robin Thicke, looking more like Beetlejuice, joined the stage where Miley twerked on him. This one moment set off a chain of events from people arguing for or against Miley, trying to place blame on Thicke, and sealing his reputation as a scumbag. Is it a surprise that he's getting divorced?