2001: Britney Spears, snake charmer
Britney Spears is to the VMAs what butter is to bread. It's hard to imagine the award show without her and it's even harder to forget her 2001 "I'm A Slave 4 U" performance with a live snake. Sashaying around a jungle themed stage, filled with tigers, vines and cages, Britney sported a sexy green top, teamed with washboard abs and a seven-foot albino python named Banana draped across her shoulders. And a VMA legend was born.