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The Most Shocking VMAs Moments Over the Years: Britney Spears and Madonna’s Makeout and More!

While many award shows are often choreographed, the MTV Video Music Awards has always been unpredictable thanks to our favorite music legends.

One of the most shocking moments to take place at the awards show has to be Britney SpearsMadonna and Christina Aguilera’s onstage makeout at the 2003 VMAs. Although Madonna planted a kiss on both singers, cameras panned to Justin Timberlake to catch his reaction since he and Britney had recently split, causing viewers to miss Christina’s smooch.

“I definitely saw the newspaper the next day, and it was like, ‘Oh, well I guess I got left out of that one,’” the “Genie in a Bottle” singer told Andy Cohen on SiriusXM in October 2018, nearly 15 years later. The blonde beauty went on to call the editorial decision a “cheap shot.”

While Christina may still be a little salty about her kiss with Madonna, it seems like the Toxic singer has fond memories of their performance. In 2018, Britney returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York City where she recalled the unforgettable moment while performing at her own concert.

“This is our favorite city, the Big Apple! How are you guys doing?” the Grammy winner asked the crowd in a video shared to Twitter. “The last time I was on this stage, I kissed a girl. … Her name was Madonna!”

Recalling her many times on the VMAs stage, Britney said her “greatest experience” at the awards show was with the “Material Girl” singer, she told MTV in 2011. “The kiss with Madonna was amazing,” she added, “Just being on stage with someone of that caliber is just, you know, iconic.”

While her kiss with Madonna was an unforgettable moment for the songstress, she made it clear their smooch was just for fun and nothing more. “No one slipped anybody the tongue,” she told MTV in 2003 shortly after their surprising performance. “It was just a kiss — a nice kiss.”

Britney, Christina and Madonna are just a few of the stars who shocked the crowd and viewers at home during the VMAs.

From Kanye West‘s infamous “Imma let you finish” interruption in 2009 to Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke in 2013, there have been scores of eye-opening incidents.

Scroll below to see more memorable VMA moments of all time!

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