18 of The Weirdest Things That Happened At The 2001 VMAs

If your mind was blown by Miley Cyrus twerkin' it at the 2012 VMAs, then you clearly never saw the insanity that was the 2001 VMAs. The events of MTV's 2001 Video Music Awards brought us Britney Spears' iconic "I'm A Slave 4 U" performance, "Lady Marmalade," and, of course, lots and lots of random celebrities that we stopped paying much attention to after 2001. Take a trip back in time with these insane throwback pics from the 2001 awards show.

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Britney Spears made huge snakes a thing long before Nicki Minaj did.

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Destiny’s Child wore matching denim and brown leather outfits. Also, Destiny’s Child was a thing.

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Jay Z hadn’t started dating Beyonce yet, which is the only explanation I have for this hat.

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Alicia Keys wore this camo head scarf and still looked perfect.

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Jamie Foxx hosted in this matching sweatshirt and sweatpants combo.

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Nelly Furtado attempted to wink.

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Andy Dick dressed up as Christina Aguilera’s cousin and attacked her on stage.

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Andy Dick was relevant.

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Macy Gray cultivated the power of free advertising.

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Will Smith thought the entire show was cast in a blue light.

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The Backstreet Boys looked more like the Backstreet Men. AJ looked like Ali G.

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Mark Wahlberg looked like a child.

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Mick Jagger made Britney Spears uncomfortable.

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NSYNC performed in front of a giant screen with Justin Timberlake’s face on it which foreshadowed the fate of NSYNC.

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Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mya performed “Lady Marmalade” for the crowd dressed like extras from American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Pamela Anderson showed up with Kid Rock and posed for one of the first photos of their tumultuous relationship.

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Pink wore a mesh shirt with the words “Call Me Debbie” on it. Her name is Alicia.

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Christina Aguilera looked like the world’s most underdressed lion tamer.