Fail Occurred: 9/13/2009
Twice a year, MTV's award shows promise surprise, intrigue, and kitchen sinks; they rarely deliver. Weirdly, the 2009 VMAs were actually unpredictable! Hours after Kanye West pushed Taylor Swift aside and said what needed to be said, Lil Mama interrupted Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' closing performance of "Empire State of Mind." She wandered the stage like a kid sister or stray mutt, ignored and forgotten, before striking a b-girl pose. (Her apology said that her "emotions were running high." Sad.) It would probably have been a bigger moment in pop-culture history if more people knew who she was.