The 15 Most Memorable VMA Performances

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Though the most talked about hip-hop-related moment at the VMAs over the last few years was Kanye West's storming of the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 awards, there have been plenty of notable performances through the years. From Snoop Dogg professing his innocence almost two decades ago to Diddy paying homage to his fallen friend and more, the live sets at the annual MTV broadcast often make for great moments. Before Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky hit the stage tonight, XXL looks back at 15 of the most memorable performances from the past.—XXL Staff

Snoop Doog Performs "Murder Was The Case," Arrested Shortly After (1994)

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Diddy Pays Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. With Sting (1997)

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Eminem Says "My Name Is" and Has a "Guilty Conscience" (1999)

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Run-DMC, Aerosmith and Kid Rock "Walk This Way" (1999)

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Eminem Brings Lookalikes for "Real Slim Shady" (2000)

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Ludacris Rolls Out and Makes People "Move" in the New York Streets (2002)

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Kanye West Performs "Jesus Walks," "All Falls Down" and "Through The Wire" (2004)

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Diddy Brings Usher, Busta Rhyme, Ginuwine and Pharrell Out for Medley (2002)


50 Cent Brings Out Snoop Dogg for "P.I.M.P." (2003)

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Kanye West and T-Pain Enjoy the "Good Life" (2007)

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T.I. and Rihanna Perform "Live Your Life" (2008)


Kanye West Debuts "Love Lockdown" (2008)

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

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Kanye West Debuts "Runaway" With Pusha T (2010)

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Perform "Otis" (2011)

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