Madonna Rolling Around in a Prom Dress

Though most people don’t remember much of the first-ever televised MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, they’ll always remember Madonna writhing around the stage in a wedding gown while singing “Like a Virgin.” It wasn’t exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it was impossible to look away from the unique performance.

Years later, in an interview with Jay Leno, Madonna admitted that her stage crawl only happened because she lost one of her stilettos during the performance. “I thought, ‘Oh my God; how am I going to get that? It’s over there and I’m on TV,'” she explained. “So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll pretend I meant to do this,’ and I dove onto the floor. I rolled around and I reached for the shoe.” And so history was made.

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