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Photos: The Best Moments of the 2011 Video Music Awards

From Justin Bieber’s snake to Bruno Mars’ tribute to Amy Winehouse

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musician Dave Navarro from Foo Fighters accepts the Best Rock Video award onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Justin Bieber arrives on the red carpet with a snake at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musician Dave Navarro from Foo Fighters accepts the Best Rock Video award onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters accepts the Best Rock Video award.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Jessie J performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Jessie J

British pop singer Jessie J performs wearing a soft cast due to a broken ankle.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Jay-Z and Kanye West

Kanye West and Jay-Z's surprise performance of "Otis."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Adele

Adele performs "Someone Like You."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Chris Brown performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown performs a medley of songs, including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Wu-Tang Clan's "Protect Ya Neck."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singers Britney Spears and Lady Gaga speak onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga presents Britney Spears with the Video Vanguard award.

Bruno Mars performs Amy Winehouse's 'Valerie' as part of a tribute to the soul singer, who died on July 23rd.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Bruno Mars performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars performs Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" as part of a tribute to the soul singer, who died on July 23rd.

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