54 Unforgettable Moments From The Iconic 2000 VMAs

Arguably, the most important VMAs ever.

1. Ladies and gentleman, THE ROCK. This is not a fake picture. There is no Photoshop. This is real life.

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2. LOOK AT HIS FACE.

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3. A budding young star, Britney Spears, literally radiated down the red carpet. Later in the night, she would make history.

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4. Wow. What a flawless future goddess!

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5. She took her family! What a generous queen!

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6. Outfit of the night went to J.C. Chasez, though. I mean. Come on.

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7. Mr. Desert Rose himself, Sting, was there!

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8. This was the year Christina Aguilera showed off part of her thong in a (comedic) attempt to upstage Britney.

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9. Cutest couple of the night: J.Lo and Puff Daddy. Aw! Lol.

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10. Moby thought he was cool because he brought his bumper stickers. How political.

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His friend’s reaction:

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11. Take a moment to admire the million things going on with Pink’s outfit.

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12. Tara Reid and Carson Daly were dating. Funny.

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13. “HAAAAY LOOK AT THIS CRAZY-ASS THING I’M WEARING,” said Lil Kim.

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14. Four out of five guys from O-Town got their ears pierced for the occasion.

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15. Nick Lachey traded his frosted tips for bangs.

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16. Tina Knowles made Destiny’s Child wear this.

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“Fuck the haters. My designs are perfect,” said Tina Knowles from behind.

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17. Tina, again, watching like a hawk.

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“MY DESIGNS ARE FLAWLESS!!!”

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18. Lenny Kravitz was forced to take this picture with Susan Sarandon’s family.

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19. 2gether was there! RIP QT.

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20. Julia Stiles dressed for prom.

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21. Remember this guy? Remember Napster?

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22. The Wayans brothers hosted.

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23. Oh my God! It’s Montel!

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24. Bono! Leather pants! Sunglasses inside!

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25. Sisqo wore patches of grey leather. He also carried a towel.

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26. RICHARD FUCKING HATCH, PEOPLE.

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THE WINNER OF SURVIVOR.

That’s enough preshow. Now let’s talk about the show.

27. The show began with Janet Jackson singing “Doesn’t Really Matter.”

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28. Blink-182 brought out a bunch of little people. So edgy.

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29. Christina Aguilera and Fred Durst performed. Also edgy.

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30. Blink-182 won Best Group video for “All The Small Things.”

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31. The legendary and angelic Aaliyah won Best Female and accepted the award with her brother.

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She had just flown 22 hours from Australia where she was filming Queen Of The Damned.

32. Eminem and Dr. Dre and an Aquafina bottle posed for a quick pic.

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33. Macy Gray and LL Cool J presented an award. Macy wore an outfit made entirely out of various types of velvet.

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34. Jim Carrey did something. He wore sunglasses with oval frames.

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35. ‘N Sync won Best Pop Video for “Bye Bye Bye.” Justin Timberlake wore a ribbed turtleneck.

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Totally not turtleneck weather.

36. This was the year that Eminem made a hundred dudes bleach their heads. Those poor guys.

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37. And then Britney Jean Spears made history with her showstopping spectacle.

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38. “OOPS!… SHE STOLE THE SHOW AGAIN,” said everyone.

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39. Literally being taken over by the holy Spearit.

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40. DIVINE INTERVENTION.

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41. And a goddess was born.

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42. Then this happened. Lol.

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43. Jimmy Fallon performed.

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44. Nelly sang “Country Grammar.”

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45. Then Britney totally upstaged Christina Aguilera. Again.

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46. Britney let Christina talk because she felt bad and is a nice person.

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47. Then Whitney Houston (may she rest in peace) gave out the Video Of The Year award with Bobby Brown. Eminem won for “Real Slim Shady.”

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48. The show ended and Limp Bizkit went to the press room and pretended to fall over or something.

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49. Beyoncé and Kelly wouldn’t let Michelle touch their award.

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50. Lance was drunk. Justin had a moose knuckle.

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51. Macy Gray won for Best New Artist. Sisqo was robbed.

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52. Literally free of all flaws. RIP.

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53. Eminem was super high.

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54. And one more shot of the dazzling, J.C. Chasez.

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NEVER FORGET. SO ICONIC.

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