When we think of the MTV Video Music Awards, the thrilling performances (Who could ever forget Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” or Britney’s “I’m a Slave 4 U” — or that time that the two of them kissed on the VMA stage?) tend to be the first things that come to mind. But lest we forget, it’s an awards show first and foremost!
This weekend, Adele, Beyoncé, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West will face off at the 2016 VMAs for the honor of Video of the Year. But what came before Adele’s moody “Hello,” Bey’s defiant “Formation” and Kanye’s controversial “Famous” music videos?
Ahead, test your knowledge of three decades of Video of the Year winners.