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The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

Kanye West, right you guys? Classic Kanye West. While the world will always remember the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards as the year in which the Jigsaw-headed man-baby went up on stage for no reason to trample a little girl’s victory speech for an award that no longer has any meaning (if it ever did), the memory that I will always take away from the VMAs came earlier, during the pre-show. It was when VJ Tim Kash announced that he had one pair of free tickets to the VMAs that he was going to give to a lucky pair of superfans. Now, you can imagine the scene. New York City. Outside of Radio City Music Hall. Thousands of teenagers packed into writhing throngs of adrenaline and excitement, who have traveled with or without their parents’ permission to be here without any tickets or way of getting inside. Just to be part of this! And Tim Kash casually picks out two people from the crowd. Both of whom are in their late-30s to early-60s. “Congratulations, you’re going to the VMAs,” he says to the two very-full-grown-adults, who treat the prize with the same amount of reserved excitement that adults have for, say, discovering asparagus at a reasonable price out of season. HUH? Sorry, kids, this show is not for you. WE TAKIN’ OVER! Parents seriously just don’t understand.

Anyway, check out our VMA photo gallery to relive all your most cherished memories that you’ve ever had.

P.S. That was fast.

The “highlights”:

Kanye West Doesn’t Care About White People

Beyoncé Gives Taylor Swift Her Moment

Here are the winners:

Video Of The Year: Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”
Best New Artist: Lady Gaga
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift – “You Belong to Me”
Best Male Video: T.I. feat. Rihanna – “Live Your Life”
Best Pop Video: Britney Spears – “Womanizer”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem – “We Made You”
Best Rock Video: Green Day – “21 Guns”
Best Video (That Should Have Won): Beastie Boys – “Sabatoge”
Breakthrough Video: Matt and Kim – “Lessons Learned”
Best Art Direction: Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi” (Jason Hamilton)
Best Choreography: Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (Jaquel Knight & Frank Gatson Jr.)
Best Cinematography: Green Day – “21 Guns” (Jonathan Sela)
Best Direction: Green Day – “21 Guns” (Marc Webb)
Best Editing: Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (Jarrett Fijal)
Best Special Effects: Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi” (Chimney Pot)