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XXL Presents... The MTV Video Music Awards' Most Memorable Hip-Hop Moments

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Throughout the years, hip-hop has had its fair share of great, wacky and controversial moments at the MTV Video Music Awards. From Snoop Dogg declaring his innocence during his performance of "Murder Was the Case" in 1994 to Kanye West's many unpredictable, yet classic antics, the expected is to be unexpected during the popular awards show. With the 2011 VMAs set to air on Sunday (August 28) with appearances by Lil Wayne and Drake, just to name a few, XXLMag.com looks back some of the show's most memorable hip-hop moments. Anything can happen... —Ralph Bristout

Snoop Declares “I’m Innocent, I’m Innocent” During “Murder Was The Case” (1994)

Snoop Declares "I'm Innocent" (1994)

Snoop was facing a murder charge during this performance. Legend has it that the cops were looking for Snoop prior to him hitting the stage, causing him to almost miss his own performance. He eventually ended up getting arrested right after.

Puff’s “I’ll Be Missing You” Tribute (1997)

Puff’s “I’ll Be Missing You” Tribute (1997)

Puff gives Radio City an epic performance alongside 112, Sting and Faith Evans for the late Notorious B.I.G.

Diana Ross and Lil Kim’s Boob (1999)

Diana Ross and Lil Kim’s Boob (1999)

Diana Ross couldn’t help but give Lil' Kim’s boob a hand. Who could blame Diana considering Kim’s racy attire.

Will Smith Brings Together Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace (1999)

Will Smith Brings Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace Together (1999)

Nothing else could be said here except it being hip-hop’s moment of all moments delivered on an MTV stage.

"Ain't Nuthin' But A G Thang" (1999)

"Ain't Nuthin' But A G Thang" (1999)

After performing "My Name Is," Em brings out Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who perform their classic hit "Nuthin But A G Thang."

"WALK THIS WAY" (1999)

"WALK THIS WAY" (1999)

Aerosmith, Kid Rock, and Run-D.M.C. give a legendary performance of the ages. R.I.P. Jam Master Jay

Em Performs Slim Shady/The Way I Am (2000)

Em Performs Slim Shady/The Way I Am (2000)

"May I Have Your Attention Please," Em lines up a gang of Em-look-alikes on the streets of NYC and pours out his inner-frustration on "The Way I Am."

Throwback Hov (2001)

#Throwback Hov (2001)

Jigga rocks the crowd outside the Lincoln Center rocking his now nostalgic 'throwback' get-up. To bad he later denounced it on 2009's "Off That." It's the ROC you bastards...

Eminem vs. Triumph the Comic Dog (2002)

Eminem vs. Triumph the Comic Dog (2002)

Also a short meet-and-greet, it was funny seeing Moby, Triumph, and Em interact in the same section.

Diddy Goes All Out (2002)

Diddy Goes All Out (2002)

What a spectacle. Bringing out a star-studded cast including Usher, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell and jumping dancers, Diddy delivers an unforgettable performance like no other. Peep Busta demanding the audience to "get [they] ass up!"

50 Cent Performs P.I.M.P (2003)

#50 Cent & the P.I.M.Ps (2003)

For his first VMA performance Fif brings out the Snoop Dogg, G-Unit, and the pimps for his cut off Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Fat Joe vs. 50 Cent (2005)

Fat Joe vs. 50 Cent (2005)

After Fat Joe got on stage and jokingly said, "I feel safe with all the police protection courtesy of G-Unit," Fif replied back during his own set, yelling "Fat Joe is a pussy. Fuck Joe. Fuck Terror Squad." Good thing both crews didn't collide that night.

Diddy's Notorious B.I.G. Part II (2005)

Diddy's Notorious B.I.G. Part II (2005)

Puff delivers yet another orchestral performance for the Invisible Bully, this time bringing along Snoop to recite the words to “Warning.”

Kanye Spazzes Backstage (2007)

Kanye Spazzes (2007)

Yeezy throws a tantrum backstage at the 2007 VMAs. Mr. West wasn't too thrilled about Britney Spears opening the show instead of him. “Give a black man a chance man!”

Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)

Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)

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What would an MTV Awards 'best-of' list be without this infamous moment? The moment gave birth to the Kanye Shrug and provided a punchline people use to this day: I'ma let you finish.

Eminem Meets Bruno's Privates (2009)

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Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen) gave Eminem a warm welcome in Slim's first VMA in years. Bruno's plan was to hit the stage. Instead, he came down from the ceiling and landed face down and ass up right into Eminem. Shady was pissed as expected, but he was in on the gag this time. Marshall. Bruno (SaIn his first VMA appearance in years, Eminem

Lil Mama Crashes Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ Empire State of Mind (2009)

Lil Mama Crashes Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ "Empire State of Mind" (2009)

A very special performance on such an amazing night. Too bad Lil Mama had to ruin it. Damn, Mama!

will.i.am Goes 'All Black Everything' (2010)

will.i.am Goes 'All Black Everything' (2010)

The Black Eyed Peas frontman goes ‘all black’ during his pre-show performance.

Kanye Performs "Runaway" (2010)

Kanye Performs "Runaway" (2010)

A year after his infamous, Kanye West delivered a memorable comeback performance by premiering "Runaway"—the second single off of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Yeezy rocked the MPC live on stage, had ballerinas dancing around and even had Pusha sporting a suit.