Welcome back to Celebuzz’s Most Iconic VMA Moments showdown. In anticipation of of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most memorable VMA scandal ever. Two weeks ago, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA performance. (Britney Spears’ 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” won in that category.) Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. (Congrats, once again, to Britney’s 2002 dominatrix-meets-biker-chick look!) Now, it’s all about the drama! You may vote once per hour.
Is this stolen kiss between Rihanna and Chris Brown the most scandalous VMA moment ever? Let us know by voting below. Plus, continue reading for a look back at the controversial incident.
Rihanna and Chris Brown Make the 2012 VMAs… Interesting
Let’s be real: the 2012 VMAs weren’t exactly the most memorable in the show’s history. Sure, everyone praised Frank Ocean‘s performance, and it was a great night to be a One Direction fan, but nothing from last year really stands out. In fact, last year’s ceremony was the least-watched ceremony in years, probably because no one showed up wearing a meat dress or kissed Madonna on the mouth.
There is one thing, though… Rihanna and Chris Brown “accidentally” (???) took the rekindling of their romance public! Rumors of a reconciliation had been circulating for a few weeks, but Rihanna had recently told Oprah that, though she still loved him, they were not dating.
The story goes like this: Rihanna and Chris split in 2009 after he assaulted her. While that would be the end of the story for regular couples, we’re talking about celebrities. This means that we’re more interested in a bloated star-crossed lovers epic than a clear-cut ending. There had been hints here and there for years that perhaps the couple wasn’t over over, but it wasn’t until last year’s VMAs that people really began to think they were back together for reals.
For a short time after the cameras caught the kiss, the couple continued to downplay their “on again” relationship. Of course, the pair did eventually get back together officially, much to the blogosphere’s simultaneous delight (TRAFFIC!) and disgust (ABUSE!). Things got super official at the 2013 Grammy Awards when the pair attended as a couple. How cute.
They are currently “off again,” which is probably for the best. But who knows what this year’s VMAs might bring…
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite scandal above. Remember, you can vote once per hour. May the most scandalous moment win!
Read our feature on Madonna and Britney’s big kiss in 2003.
Read our feature on Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift in 2009.
Read our feature on Michael Jackson’s awkward kiss with Lisa Marie Presley in 1994.