Not surprisingly, MADONNA, the woman who started it all and still holds the record of having won the most VMA Moonmen, figured in three of the 17 moments cited by the magazine:
1) Madonna performs “Like a Virgin” as a less-than-virginal bride (1984)
At the very first Video Music Awards ceremony, a not-yet-famous Madonna set the tone for years to come with an audacious performance of her single, “Like a Virgin.” Clad in a wedding gown and “Boy Toy” belt, Madonna descended a tiered wedding cake and proceeded to roll around the stage while singing the lyrics to her seductive song. The performance was positively scandalous by 1984’s standards.
2) Madonna performs “Vogue” in a corseted ballgown (1990)
Six years later, Madonna again made history, this time with an over-the-top rendition of her hit, “Vogue,” set in an 18th-century French salon. Madonna and her dancers, attired like courtiers of Marie Antoinette—with a few sexy updates—showed off sultry dance moves.