77° Good Morning
77° Good Morning

VMA feuds through the years

The MTV Video Music Awards always has its fair share of drama. Long before the “Miley, what’s good?” moment that made all of our jaws drop at last year’s VMAs, plenty of outrageous, artist-vs.-artist moments have accumulated at the awards show.

Check out the most dramatic feuds that have graced the VMA stage.

Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus, 2015

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian composite

The "Miley, what's good?" heard round the world: While accepting her award for best hip-hop video for "Anaconda," Nicki Minaj took the time to call out Miley Cyrus, after the 2015 host gave her opinion on a Twitter altercation between Minaj and Taylor Swift. Before the awards, Minaj went on Twitter to express frustration that "Anaconda" wasn't nominated for the best video category. After a minor disagreement with Swift, the two performed at the VMAs together, singing "Bad Blood" to show their online feud was over. But that didn't stop Cyrus from going to the press before the show to put in her two cents about the tweets. "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind," Cyrus said in an interview with The New York Times.

Courtney Love vs. Madonna, 1995

More than shade was thrown during this VMAs
Photo Credit: Getty Images composite

More than shade was thrown during this VMAs moment. At the 1995 awards, Madonna was sitting down for an interview when Courtney Love began throwing items (including her shoe and makeup compact) at the singer. Thankfully, the interview was being held on a stage high up from the ground, so nothing hit Madge. The interviewee then invited Love up to join Madonna on stage, against the "Vogue" singer's protests. What followed can only be called an uncomfortable conversation. Let's just say topics included what shoes they were wearing, Alanis Morissette --they both agreed she has a great voice -- and a goodbye hug and kiss on the cheek from Madonna.

Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West, 2009

Imma let you finish, but this may be
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Christopher Polk

Imma let you finish, but this may be the most talked about VMA moment of all time (except for a certain meat dress). After bum-rushing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video, a clearly angry Kanye West spoke his mind for a still-quotable moment about Beyonce. West believed that the singer's "Single Ladies" video should have won, since it was, in fact the "best video of all time." Later in the show, Beyonce allowed Taylor Swift to have her moment in the spotlight, inviting the then-country singer back on stage to accept her award.

Kurt Cobain vs. Axl Rose, 1992

The Guns N' Roses-Nirvana drama has quite a
Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Guns N' Roses-Nirvana drama has quite a bit of history, and leading up to the 1992 VMAs, the two bands were not on the best of terms. In an altercation that reportedly happened backstage, Axl Rose exchanged hostile words when passing Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. This happened after the couple asked Rose to be their daughter Frances Bean's godfather. After the request, Rose reportedly threatened to fight Cobain. Once onstage, Nirvana's drummer Dave Grohl gave Rose a shoutout, yelling "Hi Axl!" after the band's VMA performance.

Rage Against the Machine vs. Limp Bizkit, 2000

Crazy performances happen on stage every year at
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP composite

Crazy performances happen on stage every year at the VMAs, but this on-stage activity was less-than planned. When Limp Bizkit took home the 2000 award for best rock video, Rage Against the Machine's Tim Commerford took the loss personally. Commerford somehow climbed onto the tower-like scaffolding behind Limp Bizkit, who was currently accepting their award. "Stage dive, man," the lead singer Fred Durst said to Commerford during their acceptance speech.

Kid Rock vs. Tommy Lee, 2007

This may be the only physical altercation recorded
Photo Credit: Getty Images composite

This may be the only physical altercation recorded between celebrities at the VMAs. During Alicia Keys' performance at the 2007 show in Las Vegas, the two artists were escorted out by security after getting into a fight while in the audience. Both Rock and Lee have history with Pamela Anderson, which is what many assume to be the root of their dislike toward each other.

Eminem vs. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (and Moby), 2002

This may be the strangest VMA feud on
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Gries

This may be the strangest VMA feud on the list, mainly because it involves a puppet. Back in 2002, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a character created for Conan O'Brien's "Late Show," was presenting at the awards show when there was a minor altercation between the puppet and Eminem caught on camera, pictured. The on-air dispute started after Triumph called out the previous tension between the rapper and electronic artist Moby, who was also on-camera at the time. When Triumph began mentioning Eminem, he stood and approached the puppet, apparently swatting at it. Nothing too serious occurred, and Eminem even went on to take home a Moon Man later that night.

Fiona Apple vs. the world, 1997

You can say that singer-songwriter Fiona Apple was
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket

You can say that singer-songwriter Fiona Apple was less-than-pleased when she took home the 1997 award for best new artist in a video for her clip, "Sleep to Dream." Apple seemed grateful for the award, but she took the time in her acceptance speech to say that "this world is [expletive]." Though not exactly a feud, the singer did leave her controversial mark on the VMAs stage.


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Entertainment photos & videos