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BLOOD, but­tocks, snakes and an­gry rants are just some of the sur­prises served up by the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards (VMAs) over the past three decades, and as tonight’s cer­e­mony looms, there is stiff com­pe­ti­tion to de­liver the show s next most out­ra­geous stunt.

R&B star Bey­oncé and new­comer rap­per Iggy Aza­lea lead the nom­i­nees at the VMAs with eight nods each. Win­ners will re­ceive their Moon­man” stat­uettes at the newly ren­o­vated Forum in In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

But the night is rarely about the win­ners rather, all eyes will be on the per­for­mances and the sur­prises.

Since launch­ing in 1984, the VMAs have been syn­ony­mous with ir­rev­er­ence and un­scripted mo­ments.

Key mo­ments in­clude Howard Stern bar­ing his but­tocks as Fart­man in 1992, Brit­ney Spears’s sul­try dance with a snake in 2001, and 2009’s event­ful show where Lady Gaga smeared blood on her­self and a rant­ing Kanye West ripped Tay­lor Swift’s award out of her hand on stage.

Last year, pop star Mi­ley Cyrus be­came the talk around wa­ter cool­ers af­ter thrust­ing her la­tex lin­gerie-clad twerk­ing dance moves on stage and into the zeit­geist dur­ing a raunchy per­for­mance of with Robin Thicke.

With Cyrus in at­ten­dance but not set to per­form, the achieve­ment of this year’s most talked­about VMA mo­ment is up for grabs to the bold­est com­peti­tor.

Ev­ery artist looks at the VMAs as one of the most com­pet­i­tive live per­for­mance mo­ments.

Ev­ery­body re­ally brings their A-game and comes to own the night,” said Amy Doyle, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the live tele­cast cer­e­mony.

Know­ing that a lot of his­tor­i­cal mu­sic mo­ments are made on this stage, they want to be part of VMA his­tory.”

Bey­oncé, who last stole the VMA spot­light in 2011 when she re­vealed her baby bump on stage, is vy­ing to outdo her­self this year with one of the most am­bi­tious” per­for­mances the show has hosted, Doyle teased.

She will be do­ing some­thing that no other artist has ever tried to do be­fore.”

With a lineup of per­for­mances from Swift, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Mi­naj, this year s show is also dom­i­nated by the women of pop mu­sic, re­flect­ing a grow­ing promi­nence of solo fe­male tal­ent in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Fe­males are def­i­nitely mak­ing the most in­ter­est­ing mu­sic in the pop-sphere right now,” said 22year-old Bri­tish singer Charli XCX, who is nom­i­nated in the artist to watch cat­e­gory and will per­form her hit song

at the pre-show. Women strive to con­trol their own ca­reers now and change the way peo­ple view them in the pop in­dus­try.

I think that’s amaz­ing be­cause it’s hard to be a woman in this in­dus­try,” she said. AMER­I­CAN power cou­ple Bey­oncé and Jay Z did not vi­o­late US sanc­tions on Cuba by trav­el­ling to the com­mu­nist-ruled is­land last year, a US gov­ern­ment re­view has found.

The four-day visit in April 2013 was a cul­tural trip fully li­censed by the Trea­sury Depart­ment, or­gan­is­ers said at the time.

The long-stand­ing US trade em­bargo against Cuba pre­vents most Amer­i­cans from trav­el­ling to the is­land with­out a li­cence granted by the US gov­ern­ment.

Bey­oncé and Jay Z cel­e­brated their fifth wed­ding an­niver­sary in Ha­vana on a four-day peo­ple-topeo­ple visit that in­volved no typ­i­cal tourist ac­tiv­ity such as trips to the beach.

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