1984: Madonna performed wearing her famous “Boy Toy” belt while singing “Like a Virgin.”
1995: Michael Jackson performed a medley of his hits with guitarist Slash from Guns N’ Roses. Jackson wore his iconic white socks and loafers.
1997: Lil Kim opted for lucite platforms and a beaded ensemble for her performance of “Not Tonight.”
1999: The Backstreet Boys ushered in the boy band era wearing trench coats and combat boots to perform “I Want It That Way.”
2001: Lil Kim, Pink, Maya and Christina Aguilera donned over the knee boots and custom costumes inspired by dancers at the Moulin Rouge for their performance of “Lady Marmalade.”
2001: Britney Spears’s infamous “Slave 4 U” performance featuring a live Burmese Python was topped off with Spear’s emerald bikini and custom knee high boots.
2002: Eminem hit the stage for an emotional performance of “Cleaning Out My Closet.” He wore Air Jordan IX 9 Low Chrome.
2004: Usher in black sneakers hit the stage to sing hits from his album “Confessions.”
2007: Rihanna hit the stage to join Chris Brown in a performance of “Umbrella.” The singer paired her Michael Jackson inspired look with heeled oxfords.
2007: Rihanna’s shoes.
2009: Lady Gaga made her VMA debut to perform her hit “Paparrazi” wearing custom embellished boots.
2009: Lady Gaga’s shoes.
2011: Beyoncé hit the MTV stage to perform “Love on Top” in a pair of t-strap, peep-toe heels. After her performance her revealed she was pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy.
2011: Beyoncé’s shoes.
2015: Taylor Swift hit the stage with Nicki Minaj in custom Stuart Weitzman booties.