In the highly competitive and oversaturated award show landscape, standing out isn’t easy, which is why the iHeartRadio MMVAs are so special. Rather than filling an auditorium with celebs and industry executives, the self-proclaimed year’s biggest block party closes the streets of Toronto and gives the best seats, or standing spots, to the fans. A show with so few physical confines is prime breeding ground for some truly outrageous moments and the iHeartRadio MMVAs always deliver.
From the biggest boy band reunion in pop music history to explicit performances, here are the most outrageous moments in the history of the show.
The 18 most jaw-dropping moments in iHeartRadio MMVA history
AVRIL LAVIGNE’S CHEEKY PERFORMANCE – 2002During her first iHeartRadio MMVA performance, a then-teenage Avril Lavigne forgot to put on a belt, resulting in the singer flashing the country on the nation’s music station. Thankfully, she was able to laugh about the incident years later with a cheeky photo call.Getty Images
THE USED GET EXPLICIT – 2007The Used’s Bert McCracken decided to take advantage of being on a live award show and went on an expletive rant during his band’s performance, which included screaming the F word into the double digits. Needless to say, the band hasn’t performed at the iHeartRadio MMVAs since then.Getty Images
FINGER ELEVEN GO TO NEW HEIGHTS – 2007The iHeartRadio MMVAs are known for their high energy live performances on the streets of Toronto, but Finger Eleven decided to take their 2007 performance up a notch by performing on the roof of Much’s 277 Queen Street West building. Rock and roll, man.MUCH
NKOTB REUNITE – 2008It was a reunion performance years in the making. After splitting up in 1995, New Kids On The Block, now going by NKOTB, released their first album in 14 years with The Block. Making their comeback performance at the 2008 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the beloved boy banders stole the show and proved they still had the right stuff (baby).Getty Images
FLO RIDA FLIES IN – 2008Outrageous entrances at the iHeartRadio MMVAs typically take place on the red carpet, but in 2008, Flo Rida decided to take a high-flying entrance to his performance, which started with the rapper soaring onto the stage from a zip line.MUCH
THE STORM OF ‘08 – 2008Having any kind of show outdoors always comes with a risk of inclement weather and at the 2008 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the show’s dry luck ran out. The rain poured throughout the red carpet and part of the show, resulting in a lot of wet celebs and fans and a few VJs slipping on stage.Getty Images
LADY GAGA’S FIREWORK BRA – 2009Lady Gaga wasn’t yet a household name at the 2009 iHeartRadio MMVAs, but that didn’t stop Mother Monster from stealing the show with her jaw dropping finale that included a flaming bra. We bow down.Getty Images
TWILIGHT FEVER – 2009At the 2009 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the first Twilight film had premiered the year before and Twihards were months away from seeing the second installment. Twilight fever was at an all-time high, making Taylor Lautner, aka #TeamJacob, one of the most sought-after celebs at the time. We can still hear the screams.Getty Images
BRODY JENNER AND PEREZ HILTON KISS – 2009Perez Hilton was the King of gossip back in 2009 and Brody Jenner was more famous than his step-sister Kim Kardashian. What a time to be alive. Hilton and Jenner made a splash on the red carpet by sharing a kiss, which is exactly how you end up on Perez Hilton’s website with drool drawn on your face.Getty Images
PEREZ HILTON AND THE BLACK EYED PEAS FEUD – 2009It wasn’t all kisses and hugs for Perez Hilton at the 2009 iHeartRadio MMVAs. Upset with the gossip blogger writing mean comments about Black Eyed Peas member Fergie and her appearance, the band’s manager allegedly attacked Hilton at an after party, leaving him with a black eye.Getty Images
MILEY CYRUS KILLS HANNAH MONTANA – 2010In 2010, Miley Cyrus was still best known for her role as a child star on the Disney series Hannah Montana. Taking full advantage of her role as the host and a performer at iHeartRadio MMVAs, Cyrus’ performance of “Can’t Be Tamed” made it clear to viewers everywhere that the squeaky-clean Miley they knew was gone.Getty Images
JELENA PLAY IT COY – 2011As the host of the 2011 iHeartRadio MMVAs, Selena Gomez had a lot on her plate, including walking the red carpet, performing, introducing presenters, and pretending that she didn’t really know pop star Justin Bieber, who she was rumoured to be dating. The secret couple’s appearance on stage together marked one of the first times Jelena were photographed publicly.Getty Images
LADY GAGA GOES PUB(L)IC – 2011How do you outdo a performance that ends with a flaming bra? Teal pubic hair. Well played, Gaga.Getty Images
LMFAO ROCK OUT WITH THEIR…UNDERWEAR OUT – 2012Party rockers LMFAO hosted the 2012 iHeartRadio MMVAs and closed out the show with a high energy compilation performance of their biggest hits. Also a big hit? The group’s barely-there bikini bottoms and elephant trunk…accessories.Getty Images
AVRIL LAVIGNE AND CHAD KROEGER WALK THE RED CARPET – 2013Two artists synonymous with the Canadian music scene are Avril Lavigne and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, with both musicians boasting a long history with the iHeartRadio MMVAs. So, it was more than fitting for the couple, dubbed Chavril, to make their red carpet debut at the 2013 award show. Getty Images
DRAKE SURPRISES P REIGN – 2015In what initially looked like an award show blunder, P Reign was announced as the winner of Best Hip Hop Video at the 2015 iHeartRadio MMVAs, but when the Canadian musician made his way to the stage to join VJ Tyrone Edwards and presenter Hailee Steinfeld, there was no award in sight. What looked like a mistake quickly turned into one of the biggest moments of the night, with P Reign’s close friend Drake walking out on stage to surprise the rapper with the award.Getty Images
DESIIGNER TAKES A DIVE – 2016There’s nothing quite like the energy of the crowd at the iHeartRadio MMVAs, which could be why rapper Desiigner felt inspired to leap from the stage into the crowd of fans. Unfortunately, many of those fans were pretty young and possibly not strong enough to hold up the musician, resulting in Desiigner becoming intimately acquainted with the parking lot below the stage.Getty Images
NICK JONAS HITS THE STREETS – 2016One of the coolest things about the iHeartRadio MMVAs is that they take place in front of the famous Much building with thousands of fans in attendance. Taking advantage of the chance to get close to his fans, Nick Jonas made history by becoming the first artist to perform on the street at the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs.Getty Images
Watch Awkwafina host the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs on Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.