Just when you thought awards show performances couldn’t get any more controversial or racier, then someone ups the sleaze bar and dry humps a foam finger.
That someone is, of course (unless you’ve been on the moon), Miley Cyrus. Oh, Billy Ray, you must be a proud papa today.
Miley’s rather colourful tongue-out, twerk-filled (if you don’t know what twerking is, click here) showing at the MTV VMAs last night has everyone talking about whether it was the raciest one of all time on live television. It’s definitely up there. You’ll quickly notice that the same names end up showing up in a lot of examples below.
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Here are some others through the years that had tongues wagging:
Janet Jackson, 2004 Super Bowl halftime show
It became widely known as Nipplegate. It also coined the popular term “wardrobe malfunction.” During her halftime show in ’04, Justin Timberlake came out to do a duet with her, and as he sang the lyric “gonna have you naked by the end of this song” from his single “Rock Your Body,” he ripped off a piece of her clothing, exposing her right breast. Does anyone remember who won the game?
Madonna, Britney and Christina Aguilera kiss, 2003 MTV VMAs
The 20th annual Video Music Awards was a memorable one. In front of millions of viewers, the 45-year-old — nearly twice the age of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera — sucked face with the fellow pop stars, leaving the shocked audience with their mouths wide open as well.
Seth MacFarlane, 2013 Academy Awards
The uber-stuffy Oscars got a little taste of controversy when host Seth Macfarlane did a song-and-dance number in his monologue called “We saw Your Boobs.” The camera strategically focuses in on the stars he mentions, and a few of them, including Charlize Theron, are less than amused.
Madonna, 1984 MTV VMAs
While not controversial by today’s standards, Madge’s first appearance at the ’84 MTV VMAs was, at the time, considered extremely risque. Decked out in a wedding dress with a belt buckle that said “Boy Toy,” the singer grunted, moaned and groaned her way through the tune, while humping the stage floor.
Sinead O’Connor, Saturday Night Live, 1992
The Irish singer, who was at her peak of popularity at the time, ripped up a picture of the pope at the end of her performance, while saying defiantly, “Fight the real enemy.” She did it as a protest over the sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The SNL brass had no idea she was going to do it, since she held up a picture of a refugee child during rehearsals. The incident caused a huge backlash for O’Connor, and her career was never the same.