32 Most Outrageous MTV VMAs Moments of All Time

From Miley's twerk to Eminem being a jerk, the craziest highlights from the ceremony's wild past

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13. Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Takes a Bass to the Face (1992)

As Nirvana ascended to superstardom, they quickly became more famous for destroying their instruments than any band since the Who. But one night, at the height of their fame, Krist Novoselic's bass did more damage to him than vice versa. Kurt Cobain played the impish troublemaker at the 1992 VMA's, taunting Axl Rose backstage and telling MTV he'd rather play a new song called "Rape Me" than one of the band's hits. But once Nirvana took the stage for a powerful performance of "Lithium," Novoselic unintentionally grabbed the spotlight by tossing his thunder broom in the air, and failing to catch it as it came crashing down on his forehead. "I always try to get good air — I bet I hit over 25 feet, easy!" Novoselic remembered on his blog. "But no matter how high it went, I was not on my game — the only time I've ever dropped it was then in front of 300 million people."

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