2. Lil' Kim walking onstage flanked by guards and wearing an orange jumpsuit – poking fun at her nearly 10-month jail stay. She then ripped it off to display a gold bustier. "I want to thank you for keeping your lighters up for me," she said. "It feels good to be home, here in New York."
4. Power pop group OK GO, working out their skillfully synchronized treadmill dance for "Here It Goes Again." It was the first live onstage performance of the routine – which was a viral sensation on YouTube.
5. Adorable Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin, reprising her vamp moves from the movie to "Superfreak" with Fergie. "Oh, that's so cool," the 10-year-old cooed before presenting the best new artist in a video. "I got to dance on the VMAs."