20 Best MTV VMAs Opening Performances

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

20. Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule (2001)

MTV had a perfect post-summer summer jam moment in 2001 when Jennifer Lopez opened the show with the Ja Rule duet that had just topped the Hot 100. J. Lo did her best fly girl moves, Ja bellowed shirtlessly and flames licked the air inside the Metropolitan Opera House.