Most memorable MTV VMAs moments ever

POSTED: 3:02 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 1:00 AM Aug 28 2015

Since the very first MTV Video Music Awards 31 years ago in 1984, the show has always provided memorable moments. Ahead of the 2015 edition, set for Aug. 30, check out some of the most memorable.

MTV VMAs - Miley Cyrus and Jesse 2014
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2014: A year after her twerk-filled performance set tongues wagging, Miley Cyrus took a different approach, stopping short of the stage after winning Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball." Instead, she sent a young man identified as Jesse Helt to accept her award on "behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now." Cyrus appeared to be near tears as Helt, who said he was homeless, read his speech.