MTV Reveals ‘Best VMA Performance Ever’

Published: Tuesday 23rd Aug 2011 by Rashad

As previously reported, MTV introduced performance polls this year to honor its past best performances.  With categories like ‘Most Iconic VMA Performance’, ‘Best Pop Performance’, etc., the polls were met with mixed reviews due to the absence and/or under-representation of some of music’s most praised acts (in certain categories).

Though originally said to be announced in the moments leading into the awards’ 28th annual showing on Sunday, MTV is ready to whet a few appetites by unveiling what fans voted as the ‘Best VMA Performance Ever’.

Who did fans vote into the top spot?  Find out after the jump:

Via Billboard:

10. Rihanna, 2008

“Disturbia”/”Seven Nation Army”

9. Eminem, 2000

“The Real Slim Shady”/”The Way I Am”

8. Taylor Swift, 2009

“You Belong With Me”

7. Beyoncé, 2009

“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

6. Madonna, 1990

“Vogue”

5. Bon Jovi, 1989

“Livin’ On A Prayer”/”Wanted Dead or Alive”

4. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera; 2003

“Like A Virgin”/”Hollywood”

3. Lady Gaga, 2009

“Paparazzi”

2. Britney Spears, 2001

“I’m A Slave 4 U”

1. Michael Jackson, 1995

Medley

For a show with 28 years under its belt, its interesting how many of the tally’s entries are from the past 5 years (considering that fans and critics alike have complained about the downgrade in quality of today’s awards shows).

Either way, fans can tune into MTV on Sunday, August 28th to see the moonmen be handed out.  Keep it locked to That Grape Juice for red carpet arrivals, performances minutes after they’ve aired, and more.

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  1. shaayla August 23, 2011

    Britney’s on there twice too!

  2. Chase Coxxx August 23, 2011

    Why the hell is Taylor Swift’s mop headed ass on that list? I officially don’t give a rat’s ass about this set of MTV polls. B**** Boo Be Gone.

  3. that b**** August 23, 2011

    yasssssssssssssssss rihanna

  4. THE HISTORIC LACEFRONCE. August 23, 2011

    MJ,Caca,THIEFonce,Rifund,and MANdonna = FLOP FLOP FLOP lmao

    Queen Khia slays these b****** on stage.

  5. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    Every f***** body knows Madonna, britney, and xtinas lavish LAV performance should win!!!

  6. Misfit August 23, 2011

    I agree with about half that list. The rest is a mystery to me. The crack must be strong nowadays….

  7. THE HISTORIC LACEFRONCE. August 23, 2011

    @MANdonnalover

    H** Hush!

    MANdge don’t deserve s*** with her muscly ass arms!She’s in the same boat as Father Monster(Caca)

  8. fab August 23, 2011

    BULSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Rich August 23, 2011

    I agree with a lot of it.
    BUT
    Papparazzi should be 2 though if Britney charted that high. and Bey should be higher if Brit charted that high also. the b**** can’t sing.

  10. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ The Historic Lacefronce WHAT KHIA IS A FLOP !!!!!!!!
    SHE IS A HAS BEEN FLOP WITH NO MONEY AT ALL !!!
    MY FAVES SHITS ON KHIA OKAY !!!!
    KHIA IS NOT FAMOUS SHE IS A ONE HIT WONDER WITH AN UGLY ASS FACE !
    Anyway
    Britney,Gaga,Madonna,Beyonce,Rihanna, MJ should win !

  11. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ the historic lacefronce EWW SHE LOOKS A MONKEY !!!!!!!

  12. gio88 August 23, 2011

    rihanna , seriously???

  13. B Lamont August 23, 2011

    This is a complete joke…just goes to show that children only vote on MTV and don’t have good taste…Taylor Swift has never been a show stopper of any kind. How could she possibly even be mentioned with the likes of MJ or Madonna…and we all know that watchin Rhianna requires earplugs and a blindfold…so boo to this craptastic list. MTV needs to do better and just pick the winners themselves.

  14. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ blamot BOO YOUR ASS !!!!!!!!!!

  15. kody3x August 23, 2011

    i just cant wait to see this year vmas

  16. AndySaysSmile August 23, 2011

    I’m happy Michael came first, Britney definitely deserved #2 because Slave 4 U was one of the most memorable performances on the VMA stage, as was Like A Virgin/Hollywood. GaGa’s Paparazzi was ite, just not #3 worthy. I’m thinking #5. Other than that I’m pretty happy!

  17. warren August 23, 2011

    that b****
    August 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    tgj didn’t post this performance cause they kno its the tea
    ******************************

    Rihanna would look better if she has a ass to move. Other than that the performance was ok.. I’m from the island and the women there have ass to move. I tell you what I do like her touching her p**** lol sticking her finger in it like she want it

  18. onyx August 23, 2011

    My life Michael Jackson win but Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera should have the number 1, that performance is legendary, people was talking about that kiss even one year later, now thats is history when Lady Gaga make a presentation with Madonna i would change my mind cause thats gonna be Speechless until that i vote

    Like a Virgin/ Hollywood/ Work It

  19. King B August 23, 2011

    @ Misfit:

    “I agree with about half that list. The rest is a mystery to me. The crack must be strong nowadays….”

    *DEAD*

    I was thinking the same thing. Some of these performances weren’t at all memorable! I’m even surprised that MJ came at #1, but I guess common sense prevailed at the end.

  20. warren August 23, 2011

    Ha! Rihanna number #10? but look mostly all the artists are white. Years ago this was not like that.

  21. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 23, 2011

    Sadly, when the public votes the results are not valid.MTV didn’t give a s*** about the outcome of the polls, they just wanted as many clicks as possible on every page to get money from the advertisments, so they allowed voting multiple times.This is how Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa and Rihanna made the poll.These performances were solid when it comes to visuals, but there is nothing extraordinary about them, nothing iconic, nothing grounbreaking…Sigh…

  22. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 23, 2011

    And the sad part is that MJ got to No.1 only because he is known as one of the best performers ever, so noone had the audacity to doubt him.Noone was actually objective about it and with sloppy polls like that I wouldn’t bother paying attention to vote for the right contender either.

  23. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 23, 2011

    (I am not saying that MJ didn’t deserve to win, I’m just saying that most people who voted were probably too young to have watched the performance.He deserved to be in the top 3 definetely.)

  24. why August 23, 2011

    srry but i honestly have to say beyonce did good because there was nothing much to do with that single ladies song it’s to much beat but she made it fun and got the crowd involved. and go gaga she killed the piano playing in that perfomance.

  25. Angel987 August 23, 2011

    WHAT!!? THIS POLL IS B*******!!

    THE BEST PERFORMANCE WAS CLEARLY BRITNEY/MADONNA/CHRISTINA !!!

    THAT PERFORMANCE WILL GO DOWN IN VMA HISTORY!!

    AND WHERE IS BEYONCE RING THE ALARM!!

    THIS POLL IS CLEARLY STUPID!!

  26. Angel987 August 23, 2011

    @THAT B****

    That V Festival performance?

    WOOW!! Open your ears. Her vocal is always so sharp & flat!!!
    Why can no-one hear it? :S

  27. Angel987 August 23, 2011

    B*** the King is NO.1, i gotta remember that but i gotta be honest….what performance was that, cause i dont remember it =/

  28. KAT DELUNA FAN August 23, 2011

    THAT DISTURBIA PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF THE WORST OF ALL TIME 😈

    THOSE BRITNEY PERFORMANCES WHAT???

    THAT PAPARAZZI PERF IS GARBAGE COMPARED TO HER LASTEST TEOG PERF

    MTV IS THE NEW BET
    A MESS

  29. Queen Beyonce Stann August 23, 2011

    Why Is Gaga #3??
    That Performance Wasn’t Even Iconic!

    #KingB2011

  30. LEXUS!!! August 23, 2011

    IN A SENSE – I SERIOUSLY CAN’T STAND MY F****** GENERATION!!!

    HOW THE HELL HAS “TAYLOR SWIFT” BEEN VOTED ONE OF THE “BEST VMA PERFORMANCES EVER” WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER TALENTED ARTISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED!!!

    NIRVANA = 1995

    MADONNA “EXPRESS YOURSELF” = 1989

    P.DIDDY, FAITH EVANS, NEXT & BLACKSTREET = 1997

    PAULA ABDUL = 1990

    WHITNEY HOUSTON MEDLEY = 1986, 1988

    MICHAEL JACKSON = 1991 AND 1988

    VAN HALEN = 1992

    WTF!!!!!!!

    I UNDERSTAND EMINEM, BRITNEY AND BEYONCE BUT THE REST = HELL F****** NO!!!!!!!

    :@

  31. Legendtina4life August 23, 2011

    The Madonna, Xtina, and Britney kiss should have been #2. GaGas 2009 performance wasnt really memorable, and Taylor Swift & Rihanna shouldnt be on here

  32. Legendtina4life August 23, 2011

    Mtv needs to crwal out of GaGa and Taylors ass already

  33. Legendtina4life August 23, 2011

    *crawl*

  34. Cray August 23, 2011

    Madonna!

  35. LEXUS!!! August 23, 2011

    ALSO, M.J’S 1995 MEDLEY – I COULDN’T STAND THAT ONE, HIS 1991 & 1988 PERFORMANCES WERE SOOOOOOO ICONIC – IN 1995 HE WAS WAY PAST HIS PEAK AND SEEMED REALLY TIRED BECAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSY AT THE TIME
    ________

    BON JOVI, BEYONCE, EMINEM, MADONNA AND M.J ARE LEGENDS, SO I UNDERSTAND!!!

    BRITNEY, IN A SENSE, WAS THE V.M.A’S BETWEEN 2001 – 2004, SO I UNDERSTAND THE RECOGNITION!!!

    TAYLOR SWIFT – B**** PLEASE, SHE’S A TALENTED SONGWRITER AND CONSISTENT ALBUM SELLER BUT SHE IS S*** LIVE!!!

    LADY GAGA – I’M NOT TOO FOND AT THE MO…….

    RIHANNA – SHE’S S***, BUT THAT DISTURBIA PERFORMANCE WAS “S H I T”

  36. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ Ledgetina4life b**** shut up because your mad that floptina didnt make the list !

  37. RHI RHI IS QUEEN August 23, 2011

    BRITNEY SHOULD HAVE WON

  38. the kiddz August 23, 2011

    Bey’s Baby Boy/Crazy in Love performance should be in the top 5.

  39. S*** August 23, 2011

    This has to be a JOKE that all these GIMMICK performances are somehow better than this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSbCNaZKXt8

    MADONNA, BRITNEY, CACA REALLY??

    Its official, The VMAS Isnt a REAL Award Show… Its just a SHOW (meant to draw in HYPE & viewership to the network).

  40. lax August 23, 2011

    I don’t give a rats a$%% about what noone says RIHANNA’S
    DISTRUBIA wins hands down, even stevie wonder can see that!

  41. CALL ME HATERRR August 23, 2011

    @THATBITCH

    GET YOUR WEAK ASS OFF HERE TRYING TO USE BEYONCE TO PROMOTE RIHANNA SOFT NONE SINGING ASS!!!!!

  42. CALL ME HATERRR August 23, 2011

    BEYONCE AND MJ!!!! IS THE BEST!!!!!!! BUT WATCH THEM PICK SOMEONE WHITE!@@@

    NO HATE TOWARDS WHITE PPL BUT PPL HAVE TO ADMIT!!! WELL I DONT GIVE A DAMN WHAT PPL WILL ADMIT!!!! MTV IS RACIST WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING BLACK ARTIST THE HONORS THEY PROPERLY DESERVE

  43. LEXUS!!! August 23, 2011

    @THE KIDDZ

    AND SO SHOULD HER 2006 PERFORMANCE!!!

  44. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ Call Me Haterr B**** DONT TRY ME !

  45. S*** August 23, 2011

    Some of the “Performances” have NO BUSINESS even being on here!!

    & isnt it funny how the Britney fansbrag about her that ONE performance which really wasnt all that 😕

    & Caca… Madonna??… NO COMMENT 😐

  46. S*** August 23, 2011

    I like to suck d**** for lunch !

  47. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    MADONNA ON THE LIST 2 MOTHER F****** TIMES.
    She that bad. MOMMA POP IS THAT BAD. Yes b******!!!

  48. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    I’m not surprised that MJ came in at No. 1 cause hell it’s MJ, but other than that this list is absolute BS! I don’t take it seriously though cause the people who voted are mostly young teenagers who are barely old enough to remember most of the performers on this list.

    THe Madonna/Britney/Christina performance may have been ‘controversial’ but it wasn’t a good performance.

    The fact that Rihanna is even on this list makes it even less credible. That ‘Disturbia’ performance was one of the worst of her career! SMFH!

  49. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    Madonnalover
    August 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    Every f***** body knows Madonna, britney, and xtinas lavish LAV performance should win!!!

    ——————————————————————————–

    ‘Lavish’?!?! Oh……

    Did you see the looks on the faces of the people in the audience during their performance? More like shock & awe…

  50. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    @VaStand….
    B****, im being sarcastic.*sticks out tounge*

  51. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    BOTH madonna performances on this list was good. I dont care what anyone says, I dont know how it was “bad”.

  52. S*** August 23, 2011

    This is a list of the MOST HYPED Performances NOT the BEST!!

    If it were for the Best then BEY would be on ther 3 TIMES & Wheres Britney’s EPIC GIMME MORE Performance??

    MTV = FAIL .com

  53. Pop Royalty (Rude Boy) August 23, 2011

    I have a tiny d*** with lots and lots of hair !!!
    I like to masturbate alot to s*** Rihanna and Beyonce photos !

  54. S*** August 23, 2011

    @Madonnalover

    It was BAD because Madonna SUCKS!! 🙂

    Paparazzi?… VOUGUE??

    You call that a performance?? I call it a Circus Act 😉

  55. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    @S***
    Im not gonna argue with you, have a nice day b**** 😀

  56. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    lax
    August 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    I don’t give a rats a$%% about what noone says RIHANNA’S
    DISTRUBIA wins hands down, even stevie wonder can see that!

    ——————————————————————–

    ALL LIES!! That performance was a mess!

  57. Yellow Gorillah August 23, 2011

    Why is everyone so MAD?

    The List is not even that bad..

    MJ Got the #1 spot like he should

    I’m sorry that britney performance is EPIC!!!! It is to me her BEST performance and song to DATE Nobody can take that away from her give the b**** credit she did good!

    The Madonna, Britney, Xtina performance is just so ICONIC Hat eit or LOVE it, it wa stalked about for so long and was huge, the performance wa snot ALL THAT But for the Queen and Pop princess to be in the same stage along is just amazing again we must DEAL

    Lady gaga should be lower

    Beyonce should be higher

    Taylor should not even be on the list I have NEVER seen one of her performances I always change channel when she come son like what the hell does she even do like who is she??

    Yes The MAIN b**** RIHANNA is on the list and you will ALL DEAL! NA NA NA

  58. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    @Yellow…..
    Vogue should take like a virgins spot.

  59. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    Madonnalover
    August 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    @VaStand….
    B****, im being sarcastic.*sticks out tounge*

    ——————————————–

    Alright h**! LMAO!!!

  60. O s c a r August 23, 2011

    I’ll be your Commanderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (I can’t get that song out of my head so I thought Id sing on this blog and you will all deal.)

    ANYWAYS , to the NUT-SACK “@V.A Sit Up” who claimed Rihanna’s Performance was a mess. Girl, STOP while your ahead. I haven’t dragged in a while, but it comes back QUICK.

  61. lolax August 23, 2011

    britney is a legend on the vma

  62. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    Legendtina4life
    August 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm
    The Madonna, Xtina, and Britney kiss should have been #2. GaGas 2009 performance wasnt really memorable, and Taylor Swift & Rihanna shouldnt be on here

    ——————————————————————-

    Agreed!

  63. hd live August 23, 2011

    drop dead beautiful this year

  64. smokey August 23, 2011

    This is the best performance since MJ at MTV/VMA

  65. Mr.Mr. August 23, 2011

    So wait …Janet gets no love for her epic tribute she gave to Mike in 09?
    I’m confused….

  66. hot ice August 23, 2011

    BRITNEY you will be the next queen

  67. VA STAND UP!!! August 23, 2011

    O s c a r
    August 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    I’ll be your Commanderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (I can’t get that song out of my head so I thought Id sing on this blog and you will all deal.)

    ANYWAYS , to the NUT-SACK “@V.A Sit Up” who claimed Rihanna’s Performance was a mess. Girl, STOP while your ahead. I haven’t dragged in a while, but it comes back QUICK.

    —————————————————————————————–

    B**** please! Who the f*** you fitting to try? Drag who?! The ONLY thing you’re gonna drag is your raggedy ass back to the closet where RIhanna stores her shitty as Red clown wig that she finally retired! Don’t even try it b****! Your lame ass only shows up once in a blue moon and you want to threaten to drag someone?! I drag on the regular B**** so don’t get your feelings hurt!

    Rihanna’s performance was a HOT F****** MESS.com! She sounded HORRIBLE & all she did was walk back & forth & bob her big ass head back & forth! It was one of the worst performances of her ENTIRE career! Her ‘Umbrella’ performance was better than that, and that ain’t saying much cause her ‘Umbrella’ performance was boring as f*** too! She deserves NO SPOT on this list! This list is a joke & cannot be taken seriously!

    Why don’t you crawl up out of my ass & go back up R******’s v*****!

  68. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    @ Va stand up !
    I bet Rihanna`s v***** is more better than Chris`s d*** !

  69. S*** August 23, 2011

    @Madonnalover

    Britney’s EPIC GIMME MORE Performance >>> ANY Caca or Madonna Performance!!

    STAY MAD!

  70. Rich August 23, 2011

    oh yea, Where is Beyonce’s Ring the alarm performance?

  71. THE HISTORIC LACEFRONCE. August 23, 2011

    Lmao@ BLEACHonce being #7 🙂

    It shouldn’t even be TOP 10 ..what a JOKE!

    Caca is simply a GIMMICK.

  72. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    This gagaloo b**** better not show up !

  73. O s c a r August 23, 2011

    @V.A Needs To Sit ITS Ass Downnnn

    Hahahaha you CRAZY!!! Seriously, I gotta give it to you are f****** HILARIOUS!! I’m dying…but I digress. B****, f*** outta here! When the that snotty-nosed-homophobic-mothafucker Chris Brown manages to put on a performance better than anything from 2006, @ Me. You much like your fave are IRRELEVENT. “I dragged b****** on a regular” yeah b****, cuz “Basic B****** of a feather, tend to flock together”. You’ll NEVER drag me no matter how many essays you write. Now get THAT through your Chris-d*** obsessed head. You ain’t shot but another groupy. DEAD at you thinking you have the PRIVELAGE and ORDASITY to have an opinion when your fave is not even a F****** FACTOR on this list. B****, be gone! *gets fly swatter* Shoo! B****, SHOO! LMAO

    I told you, it comes back QUICK. 🙂

  74. THE HISTORIC LACEFRONCE. August 23, 2011

    Taylor Swift sounds like pure S*** live.

    What is this ???

  75. Kyra August 23, 2011

    Im just glad Michaels at number 1, I dont care what anyone says that dance scene to Dangerous was EPIC!

  76. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @OSCAR b**** ever remember the 2007 vmas and 2010 bets awards chris slays you fave at performing does that b**** even have talent

  77. kody3x August 23, 2011

    beyonce should be number 2

  78. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 23, 2011

    Chris sometimes sounds like he swallowed a whole bunch of helium like autotune !!

  79. bre August 23, 2011

    where is Janet’s 93 performance? that should have made the list

  80. Madonnalover August 23, 2011

    @S***
    😆

  81. Clits August 23, 2011

    Someone needs to tell Rihanna that opening your legs doesn’t count as dancing. Although it does distract you from her dull vocals.

  82. PYTFROMAL August 23, 2011

    My KANG is where he needs to be and where he will always be.

    That is all.

  83. pop royalty (MUSIC OF THE SUN) August 23, 2011

    DAMN , SAM KNOWS HOW TO GET HITS ! daaamn !

    britney will win this anyway ! her fans are running every poll known to man !

    i will choose MADONNA ANYDAY !

  84. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @jamir and rihanna cant sang at all

  85. Live, Love, Party August 23, 2011

    Taylor is not a good performer or singer. She is just a cute country girl. She sucks to me. Anyway I’m glad GAGA was number 3. Paparazzi was BADASS performance evur!

  86. Eric August 23, 2011

    I agree with most of the list. It compiles very iconic performances that are continuously linked with the show. Even though I think the most obvious omission is Madonna’s performance of Like a Virgin, the very first. Also how come Rihanna have a place there? That performance is incredibly forgettable.

    Anyway… can’t wait for the VMAs this Sunday.

  87. O s c a r August 23, 2011

    @Kody 3X

    Whoaaaa is that a NON F****** FACTOR making noise over there?! Lemme see if I cab picture you… your a 30 Year old man living in a basement that’s been stanning for a Boy since he was in his teens. Am I right??? #PervAlert #ManGroupie #NonFactor

  88. Live, Love, Party August 23, 2011

    I’m a BIG rihanna stan. But let’s be real for a sec. Rihanna’s disturbia performance was lame and forgettable. Beyonce and gaga’s performances were totally badass. Of course I loved gaga’s performance it was a YASSS for me. And everybody hatin on gaga sit the f*** down. You are just in denial that gaga is actually TALENTED and her GIMMICK doesn’t define her like some ppl…I wont go into names *shade*

  89. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @oscar actually im a 18 year old who looks up to chris brown
    let me guess who your are a f***** you just sayed a non motherfucking factor i never heard a boy say that you live with mama you date girls off the internet do i haved to keep going

  90. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @oscar actually im 18 and look up to chris brown.
    and let me guess who your are a f***** you said non motherfucking factor i never heard a boy say that you live with your mom you date girls on the internet you have no life do i have too keep going

  91. Live, Love, Party August 23, 2011

    Janet’s 2009 vma tribute to her brother KING MIKE shoulda got number 10! I loved that performance. It made me cry!

  92. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @oscar a fruit i never heard a boy say non motherfucking factor

  93. Cory August 23, 2011

    Look now at least Rihanna never lip syncs give her credit for that. But TLC in 1999 should have been on this list “dance too much booty in the pants” LMAO

  94. Nichole August 23, 2011

    Lol @ Britney being on the list 2 times, and no Janet. Shows what this generation of teeny boppers know when it comes down to voting on these silly polls.

    MTV should have conducted the list themselves.

    And where in the hell is Britney’s performance from 2000? The one when she performed a medley of Oops/Satisfaction and did a raunchy striptease? That is the most iconic performance of her career.

    That one should have made it over the Slave performance.

  95. mEHTNEY THIS WAY is back in town August 23, 2011

    Papparazi performance shits all over the perf mentioned. How come non singers are mentioned? Thank god for legend gaga. Thank u lord. Thank u.

  96. MISHKA August 23, 2011

    I call BS!!!

    What did Rihanna do exactly during her Disturbia performance?

    What Chris Brown’s performance, the most defining moment of his ‘music’ career?

    What about Diddy/Usher/Busta performance?

    And don’t even get me started with Taylor f*cking Swift!

  97. mEHTNEY THIS WAY is back in town August 23, 2011

    When u can’t sing live u shouldnt be mentioned. We dont want amateurs.

  98. pop royalty (MUSIC OF THE SUN) August 23, 2011

    JUST A QUICK LOOK AT THE TAGS WILL TELL U WE GONNA HAVE A STUPID ENDLESS STAN WAR ! :smh: !

    TGJ is getting boring !

  99. mEHTNEY THIS WAY is back in town August 23, 2011

    Gaga paparazi should be #1. Its the perfect package: vocals stage presence choreography etc. Those who can’t sing should not be mentionned. Period

  100. O s c a r August 23, 2011

    @KODY 3X

    You just did. 🙂 See something new everyday huh? Sit, you dumb f***.

  101. kody3x August 23, 2011

    @oscar b**** you know what i mean you f** you have no life matter of fact the computer is your life

  102. Skin. ( The Queen Of Grape Juice ). August 23, 2011

    BRITNEY ON THE LIST 2 MOTHER F****** TIMES ON TOP 5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YAS. SHE DESERVE IT !

    1. MJ
    2.Britney Spears
    3.Lady GaGa
    4. Madonna/Britney/Christina
    Yes, b****** !!

  103. pop royalty (MUSIC OF THE SUN) August 23, 2011

    whatever happens between @o s c a r & @ kody 3x ! this BS has to stop !

    cuz based on what i see here ! i see serious dragging done by @ o s c a r and it’s not cool !

    stop it guys and move on !

    this is like watching a CLASSIC #RIHANNANAVY VS. #TEAM BREEZY STAN WAR !

    STOP !

  104. AMEN FASHION!!(AKA GAAGLOO) B******! August 23, 2011

    B*******! I’m just happy for MJ , Madge & Gagalooo!:-) Huuuum where are Janet & Janelle??? Bee deserve #5!

  105. Vegas girl August 23, 2011

    I don’t even remember some of these performances, some I remember bits and pieces of Nobody should really take these polls too seriously, this is just extra publicity for the VMA’s.

  106. Britneyspearsfan August 23, 2011

    WHY HATE ON BRITNEY? SHE IS THE QUEEN OF POP NOT BEYONCE GET OVER IT!! MTV HAS SPOKEN !!!

  107. Ghassane August 23, 2011

    Beyonce should be number 1 with Single Ladies , and ring the alarm should be on Top 10 .

    Where is Xtina’s Keeps Gettin Better performance ? one of the best performances …….

  108. snook_pierre August 23, 2011

    Is this a joke ??? Mtv please!! Disturbia was a great performance????? It was cute for that year. Taylor Swift..bye! Wher is Janet “Doesn’t Really Matter” live??? That was THE BEST performance of 2000!!! Had the whole audience chanting her name when it was over and her 93 performance. Show me better!!

  109. Yellow Gorillah August 24, 2011

    Why are Chris Brown fans even making NOISE

    Your fav did not even make the list all them back flips and lip syncing get’s him no where. How many times must I tell you he is a NONE mother f****** FACTOR!

    AND I agree My JANET was Snubbed =./

  110. NISZEY August 24, 2011

    MJ hands down is in the rite spot…Britney is 2……those r Classics!!!…beyonce bit britney…go figure

  111. NISZEY August 24, 2011

    BET AWARDS. CHRIS BROWN KILLED IT 4 2011!!!!

  112. DIONFATALEI August 24, 2011

    This list is pretty legit.

    These performances were the most memorable and liked I will say…

    All my favs made the list (Madonna, Britney, Rihanna) so *yay, mini-clap* for that.

    But yea I remember the year Britney opened the VMA’s and Rihanna performed right after…I got my LIFE. That performance was everything, reminded me of Madonna, and the Seven Nation Army addition to it was perfection!

  113. Bitter b****** make me sick…. Throw up (queenbey) August 24, 2011

    @VA STAND UP-

    LMAOOOOOOOOOO

  114. hahaha August 24, 2011

    lady gaga paparazzi is not really iconic and memorable and so is taylor swift..but anyway i respect that list 🙂

  115. DreamCatcher August 24, 2011

    it’s funny how they only mentioned Madonna, Britney & Christina But Not Missy lol Poor Missy.

  116. nice_gurl August 24, 2011

    MTV doesn’t recognise real talent, it is based off of votes. Glad that MJ got 1st, but Bey should have gotten higher than that. I can’t wait to see the performances this weekend.

  117. bLaine kelley August 24, 2011

    what the f***, where is britney’s “Oops” i did it again performance?!?!?!?
    that s*** is what sLayed and defined the VMA’s.

    …clearly the majority of people voting are all 14 and and under…that Lame ass swift chick has no place being anywhere near the List

  118. KingBreezy August 24, 2011

    chris 2007

  119. hahaha August 24, 2011

    @nice gurl all those artists on the list are talented, is just that your fave isnt number 1!

  120. pop royalty (MUSIC OF THE SUN) August 24, 2011

    AT LEAST RIHANNA IS IN THE LIST !

    THE WORLD HAS SPOKEN !

    others opinion doesn’t matter ! but she isn’t a performer to be honest ! but cool that her fans supported her !

    go ms.FENTY !

  121. lax August 24, 2011

    Rihanna nor her massive Navy cares about what many says negative about her
    because many of you are nothing but long winded AIR BAGS, air bags. It makes you so mad to see RIHANNA’S name on that list don’t it???? It’s clear that she is making many people justplain nutts & crazy gotta love the power of RIHANNA FENTY! The haters or going to do what they always do and that is Bash RIHANNA.
    She just keeps right on trucking full steam right through all of the bull s&%* and shes doing a great job of letting the s&%* roll off her back like water on a ducks back. Rihanna gets the most bashing than any other artist in the entire music industry. Each and everything this artist does is talked about bad and the
    rihanna bashing is sooooo silly & is utterly nonsense. Through all of it rihanna is still
    standing tall lookig great, sounding better than ever and performing her tight booty
    off, haters.

  122. jamir21:bey,rihanna,brit,gaga,nicki >>>>> KERI ! August 24, 2011

    Rihanna,Beyonce,Gaga,Mj,Madonna >>>>>>>>>>> Taylor Swift !

  123. The Perrylicious is taking over (A living legend on TGJ) August 24, 2011

    Britney Spears is f****** slay!!!

  124. The Perrylicious is taking over (A living legend on TGJ) August 24, 2011

    The Gimme More performance also f****** slay!!!

  125. The Perrylicious is taking over (A living legend on TGJ) August 24, 2011

    Oops! I Did it again should be in the list… at least in Top 5!
    Britney Spears is The Queen of VMA

  126. MissImpartial August 24, 2011

    @THE PERRYLICIOUS IS TAKING OVER (A LIVING LEGEND ON TGJ)
    August 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Oops! I Did it again should be in the list… at least in Top 5!
    Britney Spears is The Queen of VMA
    —————————————————————————————————————————-
    100%Agree. The Oops I did it again performance is my ultimate Britney performance.

    How Rihanna managed to get her boring performance into the top ten only God knows. She never had one Iconic performance since she came out.

  127. lyna August 24, 2011

    seriously???? rihanna??????? cant argue much given that vma’s are pants anyway!

  128. Sparkle August 24, 2011

    And who comes before Michael f****** Jackson no damn body. Michael is the KING. He will remain the king forever your fave will never come close so deal.

  129. kody3x August 24, 2011

    @yellow gorilah why rihanna navy making noise you stan for artist that has no talent at all and getting washed up beyonce, gaga, britney are icons

  130. Chris Luva August 24, 2011

    Janet Jackson’s 1993 performance of That’s The Way Love Goes and If slayed for years to come……..Can’t believe she isn’t listed ……smh

  131. J. August 24, 2011

    and they didnt include their ICON – Janet. Sad list.

  132. aisha aguilera keys August 24, 2011

    Sam, not even five of them are from the past 5 yrs. U’re exaggerating. I’m glad MJ’s first.

  133. Sheltop August 24, 2011

    UUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMM WHERE IS JANET JACKSON’S EPICCCC 1993 PERFORMANCE? OR HER OUTSTANDING 2000 PERFORMANCE, OR HER 2009 PERFORMANCE.. YOU MEAN TO SAY NOT ONE MADE THE LIST WHEN THEY ARE 3 OF THE MOST ICONIC PERFOMANCES OF VMA HISTORY……

  134. vincent osawe August 24, 2011

    Michael #1 spot not suprised he is the King

  135. Alejo August 26, 2011

    All MTV could reveal is their lack of credibility… The polls have been taken by cheaters (specially a Michael Jackson’s chinese forum fans) who auto voted by vote robot software. Enaugh evidence was sent to them since the beginning of the poll, yet they did nothing all along. Guess that corporate deals are more worthy for them than music lovers opinion… Yet, I think they will find out than opening a poll to mocking people is not that clever a thing to do.
    http://s1086.photobucket.com/albums/j445/cheatersbeware1/MJ%20FRAUD/Cheats/

  136. Mathew Kelley August 28, 2011

    …..Kelly Clarkson?

  137. ads August 29, 2011

    how is some one like britney spears up there when she has a tape recorder playing her music and vocals, just shows the state of the music industry!! Well done to Bon jovi and michael Jackson you both got my vote!!

  138. ladyjackson August 29, 2011

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!OF COURSE MICHAEL HAVE TO WIN AND I AM PROUD TO BE AN MJ FAN!!!!!!!!!THIS IS THE PRESENT 4 YOUR BIRTHDAY MICHAEL FROM YOUR FANS!!!!!WE ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!GOD OF MUSIC!!!!!!!!!AND IF SOMEBODY DISAGREE DON’T TELL US BECOUSE HE IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE YA MICHAEL!!FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!!!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!1958-FOREVER AND BEYOND(L)

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