MTV VMA’s 10 Best Performances Ever (Sorry Miley Cyrus)

In memory of artists who were actually, you know, good.

On Sunday night, Miley Cyrus showed up at the MTV Video Music Awards and gave a performance that has been described as “bizarre”, “insane” and “outrageous”. But the only word you really need to describe it is “awful.” Below, a trip down memory lane with ten performers who gave it their all.

10. Michael Jackson at the 1995 MTV VMAs

Only one man in the history of the MTV VMAs has been given a 15 minute time slot.

9. Bon Jovi at the 1989 MTV VMAs

Jon Bon Jovi and his longtime guitarist Richie Sambora may have just parted ways, but back in 1989, they were inseparable, as demonstrated in this acoustic duet.

8. Eminem at the 2000 MTV VMAs

Pretty sure Eminem has never once phoned it in.

7. Beyonce at the 2009 MTV VMAs

Six. Inch. Heels.

6. Whitney Houston at the 1986 MTV VMAs

When singers used to actually sing.

5. Lauryn Hill at the 1999 MTV VMAs

Lauryn, we really miss this version of you.

4. Lady Gaga at the 2011 MTV VMAs

Justin Bieber’s face at 1:03.

3. Pink at the 2009 MTV VMAs

The girl puts on a show.

2. Marilyn Manson at the 1997 MTV VMAs

Hey, somebody’s gotta scare the parents.

1. Alanis Morissette at the 1996 MTV VMAs