For as much as things change, they also stay the same. Exhibit A: the MTV Video Music Awards.
Since the inaugural ceremony in 1984, the event has garnered a reputation as Hollywood's most unpredictable award show, one that still holds true three decades later. Beginning with Madonna's unforgettable live rendition of "Like a Virgin" while dressed as a bride to Cardi B teasing the debut of her newborn daughter on stage last year, stars always find a way to keep fans on their toes when it comes to the VMAs.
Arguably one of the most famous moments in the MTV show's history was when Madonna joined forces with top songstresses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to open the 2003 show, sealing their place in the annals of VMA history with that kiss before Missy Elliott took over with her iconic hit, "Work It."
16 years later, the rapper is being honored at this year's VMAs as the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are leading the nominee pool this year as the two stars tied for the most nods. With performances and appearances scheduled from Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, Lizzo, the Jonas Brothers and Elliot herself, standout moments are once again sure to be in store.
But, until host Sebastian Maniscalco takes the stage at the Prudential Center in New Jersey to kick things off on Monday night, revisit MTV's history of unforgettable VMA moments in E!'s gallery below: