If you're under drinking age, you probably associate MTV more with Jersey Shore than music videos. Every year, the network attempts to correct this wrong with the Video Music Awards, where the biggest stars of the year pay homage to the M in MTV. Crazy red carpet outfits, backstage antics and acceptance speeches provide plenty of fun, but what we really look forward to are the performances. To amp us up for this Sunday's telecast, we made a list of our picks of the top 10 Latino performances in VMA history.
1. VMAs: Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee, "Gasolina" (2005)
2005 was the year Latinos took over the VMAs--and the pop charts, actually--and Daddy Yankee blew the lid off of the show when he hit the stage with Don Omar and Tego Calderon for a smoking' live performance of his reggaeton megabit "Gasolina." With Fat Joe introducing the trio, the stage practically shook with boricua pride.
2. VMAs: Shakira
Shakira, "Objection (Tango)" (2002)
Shaki's first-ever VMA performance should have started with a statutory warning: if getting too excited is a danger to your health, turn off the TV--now.
3. VMAs: Christina Aguilera
Madonna f/Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera, "Like A Virgin" (2003)
On a network that is no stranger to controversy, why would a little kiss cause such a stir? Because it involved three very famous women: perennial superstar Madonna and her mini-me's Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (who clearly set aside their personal rivalries for a chance to share the stage with the Material Girl). Skip to 3:47 if you want to see what all the fuss was about.
4. VMAs: Shakira
Shakira f/Alejandro Sanz, "La Tortura" (2005)
Not wanting to let the islanders have all the fun, Colombiana Shakira and Spain's Alejandro Sanz literally set the stage on fire with their sensual performance of "La Tortura." And they wonder where all those rumors of them hooking up started?
5. VMAs: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez f/ Ja Rule, "I'm Real" (2001)
J.Lo's early red carpet look at the 2001 VMAs was a bit of a joke, but no one was laughing when homegirl tore up the stage with a fast-paced salsa number and followed it up with a spot on performance of her hit "I'm Real."
6. VMAs: Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin, "She's All I Ever Had" / "Livin' La Vida Loca" (1999)
Ricky Martin, meet international stardom. International stardom, meet your new boytoy Ricky. We're guessing that's how the story went after papi chulo Ricky hit the stage at the 1999 VMAs, performing his two #1 hits of the year.
7. VMAs: TLC
TLC, "Creep" / "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" / "Waterfalls" (1995)
We can't help but get a little bit sad whenever we watch this clip of '90s supergroup TLC, a medley of their biggest hits performed seven years before the untimely death of Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes in Honduras. The group may not have survived into the new century, but their legacy lives on.
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Fergie, "London Bridges" (2006)
What Fergie wants, Fergie gets. And in 2006, the sexiest member of the Black Eyed Peas didn't feel like waiting for the show to start. So, she brought the party to the pre-show red carpet, performing her solo hit "London Bridges" with a pair of palace guards with amazing self control.
9. VMAs: Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey, "Emotions" (1991)
Before the initials "MC" stood for "Meltdown" and "Comeback," Mariah was known for one thing and one thing only: her transcendental voice. Watch her hit the highest note audible by the human ear in this raw performance from the 1991 VMAs.