2002 MTV Video Music AwardsMuch has been made of one young female performer named Miley Cyrus stripping down to her flesh colored underwear at this year’s VMAs. This is pretty silly, considering nudity (or near-nudity) has been a time honored tradition of this particular awards show for some thirty years running. From Christina Aguilera‘s underboob to Marilyn Manson‘s pasty white butt, people have been getting their body parts out since the VMAs were but a twinkle in a Viacom executive’s eye. Here’s a small sampling of VMA nakedness through the years.

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