That Grape Juice’s Top 10 MTV VMA Performances

Published: Wednesday 5th Sep 2012 by TGJ

With the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards but a day away, That Grape Juice TV counts down our Top 10 VMA Performances of all time. And with performances from this year’s show to include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Lil’ Wayne, and more, we will be undoubtedly adding new names to this list this time next year.  Until then, here are our faves:


10. Madonna – ‘Like a Virgin’ (1984)


09.  Lady Gaga – ‘Paparrazi’ (2009)


08. Paula Abdul – ‘Straight Up/Coldhearted’ (1989)


07. Beyonce – ‘Single Ladies’ (2009)


06. Britney Spears – ‘Oops I Did It Again’ (2000)


05.  NSync – ‘Bye Bye Bye’ (2000)


04.  Janet Jackson – Michael Jackson Tribute (2009)


03.  Madonna/Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera/Missy Elliott – ‘Like a Virgin/Hollywood/Work It’ (2003)


02.  Madonna – Vogue (1990)


01.  Michael Jackson – ‘HIStory Medley’ (1995)


*Honorable Mentions*

Chris Brown – ‘Beautiful People / Yeah 3x’ (2011)

Pink – ‘Sober’ (2009)

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  1. RazB32 September 5, 2012

    That Beyoncé performance was horrible & dated for Single Ladies -______-.

  2. Denzel September 5, 2012

    Where’s Janet Jackson’s That’s The Way Love Goes/If or even Black Cat or N’Sync’s Pop performance with MJ

  3. dom September 5, 2012

    omg yes forgot about JJ black cat performance. loved it

  4. Peter September 5, 2012

    1. MJ 2.Ring the alarm – Beyonce

  5. chachanana12 September 5, 2012

    whatever razb32. I loved her performance. i remember trying to do the walk she did up to the front of the stage before she did single ladies

  6. veo September 5, 2012

    Michael Jackson is Numbers 1 to 10 – No one can touch him even in death!!!

  7. mobwife September 5, 2012

    WTF 0_O?—> TGJ staff must be high! Gaga’s perfromance was okay but TOP TEN…..YAWN, come now really?

    1) MJ’s 15 min bonanza was bananas and deserved to be #1.

    2) Janet Jackson singing “IF” should be second. This was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen on the VMA stage.

    3) Madonna’s Vogue was excellent although as you can clearly see, LIP SYNCING did occur …..BUT WHO CARES, SHE KILLED THAT ISH. That “LikeA Virgin” performance was HORRIBLE though!! <– You can't dog Rihanna if you count this performance Top Ten 0_O ijs

    4) Britney has given better VMS erformances although this one was not bad!

    5) NSync was HORRIBLE X 2…ewww

    6) I LOVED Paula Abdul's tap dancing….

    7) Chris Brown's Tributes to Wu Tang & Nirvana and hisY eah3/Lets Dance/ Beautiful People BOOM ASS performance FROM 2011 should be on the list!

    Also, I peep the Frank Ocen comment above…LOL I'm sure you will be adding his vodeo regardless of what he performs or how good or not it will be! 🙂

  8. breezy September 5, 2012

    LMAO TGJ is a joke, how come yall forgot about SLAVE 4 U? MTV CALLS IT A ICONIC, ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCE EVER and yall dont include it on yall top 10? ahahaha gtfo GURLBYE

  9. DJ TAJ September 5, 2012

    I actually thought I would disagree with most of your list but I actually agree most of it. I would have included Janet’s “That’s The Way Love Goes/If” medley somewhere… Excluded “Single Ladies”… And MJ’s HIStory medley would not be #1 in my book. I think Madonna’s “Vogue” wold get that spot!

  10. mkigz September 5, 2012

    Damn I was mesmerised by Paula’s performance – that performance tops my list for sure followed by MJ’s history medley in second followed by Chris’ medley/rihanna’s 2007 performance in third!

  11. Kingdom Gaga September 5, 2012

    2009 had some great performances! One of my favorite VMA years!

  12. SFGuy September 5, 2012

    What about Janet’s That’s The Way Love Goes / If?? That was AMAZABELLS!

  13. JOHN September 5, 2012


  14. mrkareemruiz September 6, 2012

    Mj is the best ever!!

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