As we approach the 2012 Video Music Awards this September 7th at 8 pm on MTV, it’s time to look back on one of the biggest and most spectacular music events of the year.

The no-holds barred event is one where stars are born. It’s where Britney Spears cemented her pop icon status year after year. It’s where Courtney Love and Madonna squared off when the drunken Hole singer threw her footwear at the snobby pop star from afar.

It’s also where Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley shared perhaps the most awkward nationally televised kiss ever.

So let’s go back and remember some of the best moments in VMA history.