The MTV Video Music Awards are known for their shocking moments. One of the most shocking ones involved a pop princess with a foam finger.

Many people were likely unable to look at one the same again shortly after watching Miley Cyrus' performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. At the time, the singer was starting to showcase a sexier, edgier persona following years of being known as Hannah Montana. After putting on a raunchy display onstage, during which she twerked against co-performer Robin Thicke while wearing a foam finger, there was no doubt Hannah Montana was gone.

"For me, I wouldn't change a thing," Robin told E! News. "Miley and I had a blast. She's a great girl...we went out there to raise some eyebrows and provoke some energy so we accomplished our goals."

Miley had also been a part of another controversial VMAs moment two years later; Before the 2015 MTV VMAs, which she hosted, she incurred the wrath of Nicki Minaj by making negative remarks about her in a New York Times interview. Nicki confronted her publicly at the award show while accepting an award, asking her "What's Good?" and calling her a bitch.

"We all do interviews," Miley responded. "We all know how they manipulate s--t. Congratuf--kinglations, Nicki."


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The list of other artists who had controversial VMA moments includes Madonna, Britney Spears, Eminem and Lil' Kim.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards air live on MTV on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m ET.

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