31 Most Outrageous MTV VMAs Moments of All Time

From Miley's twerk to Eminem being a jerk, the craziest highlights from the ceremony's first 31 years

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Sam Kinison Stands Up Against Rehab (1988)

Screamy comedian Sam Kinison was given the task of honoring Guns N' Roses at the 1988 ceremony, where the hard-rock bad boys picked up Best New Artist. He managed to incorporate a bit of his stand-up — cleaned way up for TV, he noted — into his intro. He declared that he was proud of himself for avoiding rehab and declaring it "a little unfeasible for most people" (then noting that Betty Ford cost $13,000 for a 21-day stay); he called Huey Lewis "the first experiment in propaganda rock"; and he called INXS' Michael Hutchence "the true Michael" because he and his band showed up, while Video Vanguard winner Michael Jackson had only appeared via satellite from London.

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