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THE INTERRUPTION (2009): When Kanye West hijacked Taylor
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THE INTERRUPTION (2009): When Kanye West hijacked Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video to represent for Beyonce's "Single Ladies," he defined himself as an outsider and Swift as America's wronged sweetheart. "I'mma let you finish" became a catch phrase and West was labeled a "jackass" by President Obama.(Credit: AP)

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MTV VMAs 15 most shocking moments

The buzz about the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards is all about who is going to capture the world’s attention the way Miley Cyrus did last year by twerking with Robin Thicke.

Come on, now. After 30 years, the VMAs have always given people something to talk about. Oh, and maybe hand out some awards, too. Sometimes, the surprising performances take over — from the very first show in 1984 when Madonna rolled around in a wedding dress to "Like a Virgin" to the television debut of Axl Rose and the new version of Guns N’ Roses in 2002. Sometimes, it’s the acceptance speeches — or lack thereof. (Cough. Kanye.)

In any case, while so many of those moments were water cooler talk — or, more recently, Twitter trends — the next day, but to make it onto list of the VMAs’ most shocking moments, they have to be stories that still seem unbelievable years later. -- GLENN GAMBOA