If the MTV Video Music Awards had an inspirational quote, it would probably go something like this: “Shoot for the Moonman. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
The Moonman, introduced at the very first VMAs in 1984, is the flashy silver statue given to VMA winners during their acceptance speeches. (And those who don’t win one still land among the many stars hanging out on the red carpet, of course.) The Moonman holds a flag, and boy, has that flagpole seen things. Celebrities rightfully like to get creative with the Moonmen they win, so in the 33 years of VMA shows, the Moonman has gotten around.
Here’s where it’s traveled.
Miley Cyrus’s mouth
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 20, 2013
Having hosted the show in 2015 and famously
performed with twerked on Robin Thicke in 2013, Miley Cyrus has certainly made her mark on the VMAs. It’s only fitting she leaves a little spit on the Moonman.
Avril Lavigne’s mouth
Lavigne, decked out in all her “Sk8er Boi” glory, won Best New Artist in 2002 and bit her Moonman as if it were an Olympic gold medal. I doubt her dentist approves.
Missy Elliott’s mouth
So did this leave behind a lipstick stain or nah? Because that would be a GREAT pic, just saying.
Taylor Swift’s cat’s mouth
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on
Can you not, Olivia? You’re gonna scratch it, and those statues are worth, like, thousands of dollars. Kthnxbye.
Taylor Swift’s kitchen table
Yes, the Moonman is important enough to get its own seat at the table — right next to Hailee Steinfeld! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.
Taylor Swift’s coffee counter
Taylor Swift uses the Moonman’s flagpole to stir her coffee, which I find rather rude. It resides next to her plethora of fancy-schmancy coffee makers.
Taylor Swift’s dresser
Wish I could be with you and the rest of the #GirlSquad @TaylorSwift. So #honored and #thankful to have been part of this #masterful project. And though I have a #MoonMan of my own, that video was all you, baby. #MadLove for #BadBlood.
A photo posted by Mariska Hargitay (@therealmariskahargitay) on
Tay also gave every member of her “Bad Blood” squad their very own Moonman after they won Video of the Year in 2015.
Hayley William’s face
Williams is one of the few winners who didn’t try to eat her award. The Crimson Curse would be proud.
Lance Bass’s bathroom
Lance is putting one of his MTV Awards to good use pic.twitter.com/5pas3cdijJ
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) January 27, 2016
I take back what I said about Taylor Swift being rude using hers as a kitchen appliance. This is the rudest Moonman use of them all. A toilet paper holder? Really? Bye bye bye, Lance.