20 Best MTV VMAs Opening Performances

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and more: Who kicked it off the best?

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14. Green Day (2005)

More than a decade after "Basket Case" and the height of Alternative Nation, Green Day finally ascended the ranks to MTV Video Music Awards opening act. Instead of kicking off the festivities with the pop-punk burst of "American Idiot," they confidently busted out the mid-tempo "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," which ended up winning six trophies over the course of the ceremony, including Video of the Year. The "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" performance would mark the end of an MTV era in a way: In the nine ceremonies since, no rock group has served as the opener at a Video Music Awards, the network fully accepting life as a pop-centric platform.

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