Will 'Anaconda' be this year's twerking Miley at MTV Video Music Awards?

Imma let you finish, Academy Awards, but the MTV Video Music Awards are the best headline-grabbing awards show of all time. Sunday's VMAs is the 31st annual show, but the event isn't settling into a comfortable adulthood. This is the show where something always happens. 

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The VMAs aim to shock, from twerking to meat dresses to notable kisses.

Past ceremonies featured Britney Spears communing with a snake, Madonna and Britney smooching, Lady Gaga's meat dress, Beyonce announcing her pregnancy, Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke, and Kanye West deciding that Taylor Swift was undeserving of a trophy.

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    The biggest hair moments at the VMAs

    From meat dresses to snake accessories, the MTV Video Music Awards is known for its stunning — and shocking — looks. Here are 13 of the most memorable coifs the MTV Moonman has ever seen.

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    From meat dresses to snake accessories, the MTV Video Music Awards is known for its stunning — and shocking — looks. Here are 13 of the most memorable coifs the MTV Moonman has ever seen.


    The most talked-about hairstyle at the 2013 VMAs was on -- le gasp! -- a guy, and a very pretty one at that. We didn’t think anything could beat Jordan Catalano’s famously ear-tucked angsty locks, but the heartthrob out-hotted himself with long ombre waves, sending our hearts to Mars, the nearest fainting couch or anywhere else he commands.
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    Taylor Swift: Blunt bang bella -

    There’s two things you can count on, Swifty penning a song about her next date and the Southern blonde bringing her A-game to the red carpet. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite ‘do but blunt bangs and pin-straight hair killed it in 2012. This broken-hearted belle is growing up.
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    It’s hard to imagine life before Blue Ivy. But a pregnant Bey stunned at the VMAs just 3 years ago. And not that she needed any help in the beauty department, but her pregnant glow certainly appears to have extended to stunning golden-blonde hair styled in this very feminine side pony.
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    Katy Perry: Rainbow waves -

    Perry’s no stranger to risk-taking when it comes to hair color. In fact, her hair has been almost every Crayola color imaginable. The woman knows good stage-hair. But in 2010, Katy toned it down (for her), opting for My Little Pony-style pops of pink and blue framing shorter, dark waves.
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    Lady Gaga: Meat hair -

    Lady Gaga is the clear winner of VMA fashion moments? The singer mesmerized her little monsters by walking the red carpet with silver and teal tresses and a gold-leafed headpiece in 2010 but then upped the ante by swapping the Grecian-style spikes for meat. A new spin on matchy matchy, the performer wore a meat dress, too. That year she took home the coveted Moonman along with the award for shocking pretty much everyone who was watching.
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    Rihanna maintained her role as bold and beautiful in 2012 when she let her face take center stage with a pixie cut. We can’t imagine it’s easy to pull off a sleek ‘do that entails chopping off your long locks, but we’re guessing Rihanna’s Navy supporters loved seeing the change. We loved seeing it, too; this girl can do no wrong in the hair salon.
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    P!nk: Edgy and cute -

    Pink always sports edgy hairstyles. This throwback image makes us wonder if this "Something About Mary"-meets-Ed Grimley coif influenced Miley Cyrus’ ever growing front wave or the recent silver hair trend?
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    Lauren Conrad: Braided bun -

    Let’s be clear, we want to be Lauren Conrad. Now that that's out of the way, let’s reflect on how amazing her hair is. The fashion designer and go-to lifestyle expert for the 20s and 30s crowd (sorry Blake Lively) scored red-carpet admission to the VMAs during her reign as reality royalty. This twisted updo is nothing if not sweet and sexy. It nails the “not trying too hard” look and could work for literally any occasion. Team L.C. for life.
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    Nicole Scherzinger went classic updo with a sideswept bang at the 2007 awards. The look hit the red carpet the same year that the performer transitioned from Pussycat Doll fame to "X Factor" judge.
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    A huge bravo to Adele for bringing back the bouffant and doing it well. The British vocalist blew minds in 2011 with her second album release, the super popular "21," and her pumped up classic 60s-style hair.
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    Gwen Stefani: Sleek high pony -

    Gwen Stefani doesn’t seem to leave the house without looking like she’s ready for the cameras, so it’s no surprise she scores high on the list of most memorable VMA hairstyles. In 2005 she pulled back her platinum locks into a high ponytail and added a bit of lift at the front.
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    Christina Aguilera: Curly Sue -

    Whoa, Christina Aguilera channeled the cartoon, Betty Boop, and old Hollywood film stars at the 2004 awards show with her short blonde curls. It was quite the shock, since just the year before the soulful diva arrived with jet-black long hair.
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    Someone call Gwen Stefani, too, because Miley Cyrus seems to have plucked a page out of another '90s rocker’s style book. The controversial singer hit the scene in 2013 with her tongue out and her short hair pulled up tight.
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This year's drama could come from any corner, but the smart money's on Nicki Minaj making some sort of headlines. She's scheduled to perform her song "Anaconda," the new video for which features twerking, lap dances, and plenty of shots of Minaj putting her rear end through some impressive calisthenics.

Related story: Beyonce leads nominees at VMAs

Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, and Taylor Swift are also among the performers.

The Video Music Awards air Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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