Most Iconic VMA Moments: Beyoncé Puts Her 'Love on Top' and Makes a Huge Announcement

Does Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Beyoncé, or Madonna have the most iconic VMA performance ever?

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Is Beyoncé's 2011 performance of "Love on Top" the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever.  We've selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Beyoncé goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now... it's voting time!

Hold Onto Your Baby Bumps While We Recall Beyoncé's Epic "Love on Top" Performance

Beyoncé is one of the greatest performers of our generation, and this is a fact. She brings an incredible, unwavering intensity to her sets, both short and long. Her performance of 4 highlight "Love on Top" at the 2011 VMAs was no exception.

She breezed through the song, hitting every note perfectly. She worked the stage, holding every person in the audience — and every person watching on TV — captive. It was a joyous performance, full of life and energy. And when I say it was "full of life," I mean that in a very literal way.

Until Queen Bey hit the VMA red carpet earlier that night, no one knew she was pregnant. And even by the time she took the stage, word wasn't completely out to the masses. So you can imagine (or remember) what happened when, upon finishing the song, Bey silently announced, with the unbuttoning of her jacket and a fierce look in her eyes, that she was expecting her first child.

This was probably the most talked-about moment of the night, and to consider how big a feat that is, please remember that Lady Gaga spent the entire evening in character as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. Greatest ending to a performance ever?  That's up to you to decide. But if you're still unsure, just remember how you felt when the camera cut to proud papa Jay-Z and an ecstatic Kanye West. You, like everyone else, felt a wave of happiness rush over you — don't even try to deny it. Those who weren't already on their feet rose instantly. #BowDown

Don't forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again — and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears' iconic "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance at the 2001 VMAs.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga's iconic "Paparazzi"  performance at the 2009 VMAs.

Read our feature on Eminem's iconic "The Real Slim Shady" performance at the 2000 VMAs.

 

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