Ten Shittiest MTV Video Music Awards Performances Ever

Categories: Useless Lists
MTV + Britney + Madonna = Barf
The performances for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced. And Crossfade is not impressed.

Last week, when we broke down why the upcoming VMAs is a steaming hot turd, we already knew Lil Wayne would be on board, and would likely be performing his wet fart of a single, "How To Love." Well, yesterday's announcement revealed that woman-beating public enemy number-one Chris Brown would also be taking the stage. And don't forget Adele, who is currently famous for sitting in a chair.

If you still haven't figured it out, let us clarify: The Video Music Awards are bogus. And these performances are bound to be equally craptacular. And it is in that spirit that we proudly present the ten shittiest MTV Video Music Awards performances ever.

10. Britney Spears: "Trouble/Gimme More" (2007)

Britney Spears' infamously sloppy non-comeback at the 2007 VMAs dug the pop diva the deepest hole of her tumultuous career. The backlash was so intense that it even granted YouTuber Chris Crocker 15 minutes of fame for being a hysterical freak.

9. Madonna and Lenny Kravitz: "Shanti Ashtangi/Ray of Light" (1998)

Oh. Great. Madonna and Lenny-fucking-Kravitz fuse New Age bullshit with, like, mall techno. Are you trying to sell my Mom jeans and/or incense?

8. Blink-182: "All The Small Things" (1999 and 2000)

MTV gave Blink-182's Tom Delonge two separate opportunities to sing All The Small Things in tune. Once at the VMA pre-show in 1999 (see above) and again as the closing act of the 2000 VMAs. He failed miserably both times.

7. Oasis: "Champagne Supernova" (1996)

Welcome to America, where we pay petulant drug addicts millions of dollars to be petulant drug addicts. On stage.

6.Brandy & Monica: "The Boy Is Mine" (1998)

Rumor has it that MTV's producers asked Brandy and Monica to perform their collaborative single "The Boy Is Mine" to quell suspicions that the R&B sirens were feuding. Well, based on the oh-no-you-didn't narrative of the song, Crossfade would have preferred MTV arranged a good ol' fashioned Miss Thang cage match cat fight.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

I can think of worse VMA performances. But thank you for calling "How to Love" what it really is, a wet fart. 


funny performances by the artists.


how could three of the hottest pieces of ass ever be #2!

Fernando Perdomo
Fernando Perdomo

you forgot Poison in 1991.. They were supposed to play "Unskinny Bop"  but  CC Deville was so high and drunk he went into the wrong song "Talk Dirty to Me" .. he was fired that night and he didnt return to the band till the next century!!!!


I know the New Times is supposed to be 'edgy' and 'hip' - like a loner art student at FIU - but you guys are way off with #1. That performance was legendary. The funny feeling you got while watching wasn't one of disgust, but rather musical badassness blowing out your asshole. Good day.

TheG CorkerG
TheG CorkerG

Dafuuuunk! Nailed it! NewsTimes FAIL!!!

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault