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The Best MTV Video Music Awards Performances (30 to 16) [Showstoppers]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on September 11, 2010

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday night. We’ve already discussed who we thought should headline the show, but now it’s time to commemorate those who left lasting impressions on the VMA stage. Rookies: take notes on our 30 favorite performances, presented in countdown order.

30. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity” (1997)
After introducing us to one of the coolest videos ever made, the band gave a subtle performance of one of their best-known hits.

29. Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland – “My Love/SexyBack” (2006)
Sexy was back in the house as a stylish Timberlake grooved poetic to his back-to-back No. 1 hits.

28. Alicia Keys – “No One/Freedom” (2007)
What’s more sexy than tightly wrapped Alicia Keys? A tightly wrapped Alicia Keys belting her classic and melding it with George Michael‘s.

27. Mariah Carey – “Emotions” (1991)
A curly locked Mimi belts the high notes on one of her signature songs.

26. Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet Boys)” (1998)
The kings atop the teen pop wave, BSB transforms the too-cool-for-school VMA audience into boy band fans.

25. Shakira – “Objection (Tango)” (2002)
Hypnotic moves, a unique voice and an electric stage presence — all packaged into the powerhouse that is Shakira.

24. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat” (1990)
Still having to prove she could step out of her brother’s shadow, the defense rested when Ms. Jackson literally rocked the house.

23. Spice Girls – “Say You’ll Be There” (1997)
This subdued number surprised fans, but finally put to rest the Milli Vanilli-like rumors that the girls didn’t sing their own hooks.

22. TLC – “CrazySexyCool Medley” (1995)
Instead of choosing between their four recent top 5 hits, TLC dabbled in older and newer cuts, with a few obscurities peppered in for flava.

21. Prince – “Get Off” (1991)
Focus on the butt-less pants if you must, but then you’ll miss an example of how commanding Prince is when he takes the stage.

20. Bobby Brown – “On Our Own” (1989)
Bobby revels in being at the peak of his popularity — possibly sacrificing some of the song’s bridge — but the energy is undeniable and more than compensates.

19. Christina Aguilera – “Hurt” (2006)
A diva and her microphone. ‘Nuff said.

18. Diddy, Usher, Busta Rhymes & Pharrell – Medley (2002)
So, there were a lot of songs played during this medley. That’s OK. We’re more entranced by the various dance breaks at this ever-changing soirée.

17. Lady GaGa – “Paparazzi” (2009)
The bloody Princess Diana-inspired set shocked and confused viewers — and cemented its status as a VMA classic.

16. Madonna – “Vogue” (1990)
This performance had iconic written all over it, even before Madonna hit the stage. She didn’t disappoint.

4 Responses to “The Best MTV Video Music Awards Performances (30 to 16) [Showstoppers]”

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  2. nice variety — very entertaining. i just spent too much time reminiscing. 🙂 have you updated the list since? thanks. enjoyable.

  3. ThatsMyJamRadio said

    Thanks for the comment! Haven’t updated this list since 2010, but would maybe add a performance or two from the 2010 and 2011 VMAs.

  4. i would love to see your picks…adele perhaps…thanks again.

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