A Visual Timeline of the MTV VMAs’ Shadiest Moments

Revisiting instances of celebrity shade is a poor, poor habit that we are all guilty of enjoying more than we’ll admit.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards seem to be pretty placid in terms of potential beef that might take place on Aug. 28, 2016, barring the potential post-“Famous” Taylor Swift/Kanye West confrontation, but the history of the show’s propensity for shade-slinging is just as rocky as rock and roll itself. Here, we will revisit some of the most cringeworthy moments of clap-backs, fall-outs, and physical knock-outs that have taken place since the award show’s inception in 1984, including the memorable battles between Courtney Love and Madonna, Russell Brand and the Jonas Brothers’ virginity, and Fiona Apple vs. the world.

Come join us now and be sure to pack a flashlight if it gets too shady.

Mountain View

Listen to our Celebuzz’d podcast about the VMAs in the player below.