The 2010 VMA Countdown: Busta Rhymes And Martha Stewart Set It Off

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are only a few weeks away. The biggest party of the year features nominated clips by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ke$ha and Katy Perry and will feature performances by Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake, B.o.B and Florence and the Machine (with many more to be announced). In order to properly prepare yourself for what’s to come, every day the MTV Newsroom Blog will deliver a classic moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Today’s installment: Busta Rhymes makes a new best friend.

The MTV Video Music Awards have repeatedly matched stars on stage that wouldn’t necessarily run into one another any other place in the universe (like having Abigail Breslin hand an award to Avenged Sevenfold or letting Milton Berle hurl barbs at RuPaul). At the 1997 awards, no two people came from more disparate universes than Busta Rhymes (who was about to drop his stunning second solo album When Disaster Strikes) and Martha Stewart (queen of all things domestic). The “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” rapper seemed at ease with Stewart, and she returned the favor with a compliment about his hair and his unusual outfit.

The ’97 show remains one of the stranger entries in the history of the VMAs. It will likely be remembered as the year that Jamiroquai cleaned up (which essentially represented the pinnacle of Jamiroquai’s very existence), but fans shouldn’t forget Fiona Apple’s potty-mouthed acceptance speech, the Wallflowers’ tag-team with Bruce Springsteen on “One Headlight,” the many tributes to the late Notorious B.I.G. (who also won a Moonman posthumously) and Sting’s surprise appearance to sing the chorus of “I’ll Be Missing You.” Will the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards be as unhinged and mind-blowing? There’s only one way to find out.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.