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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10. Rihanna (2008)

When Rihanna debuted new single "Disturbia," the performance was straight-up good girl gone undead. A horde of zombie dancers with glowing yellow batons led the way as goth-styled Ri-Ri rolled out to the stage on a towering pyramid enveloping her lower half. Intro-ed with the synth riff from Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," and later interrupted with a scorching interlude from the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," this frenetic performance made a rock star out of Rihanna. For a song about going crazy, she was clear-headed and in control the entire time.  

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