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    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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