There's no way around it, award shows are boring. Hours upon hours of celebrities thanking people you've never heard of, people wearing clothes by designers they can barely pronounce and movies you've never seen racking up awards. And then there's the MTV Video Music Awards...full of can't miss moments, awkward celebrity encounters and enough over-the-top fashion to make your eyes sting.

Who can forget Lil' Kim's unforgettable mermaid-inspired, breast-liberating number from 1999? Or last year when Kanye West tried to pass Hennessey off as an accessory?

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday, September 12th at 9/8 C, but until then join PopEater as we revisit some of our favorite and most despicable looks from the VMAs after the jump!