25. Lady Gaga Hangs Herself Onstage (2009)
Lady Gaga's swift ascent to the forefront of pop music had one of its crowning moments when she garnered nine VMA nominations in her first eligible year. And she arrived at the broadcast ready to cement her status as a different kind of superstar, doubling down on the dark storyline of her nominated "Paparazzi" video with a surreal pop-art/art-pop performance. After some wacky masks and choreography, things took a turn when fame literally kills Gaga, and she closes the performance hanging from a noose, her face smeared in blood.