There were three performances that carried the rest of MTV's VMAs, by our reckoning. So you can sit through a lot of awkward joking between presenters, and the disappointing Jay-Z/Kanye West number, and whatever that mess was with the "Jersey Shore" women and Cloris Leachman, if you insist.
Lady Gaga and Brian May, "You And I":
Beyonce, "Love on Top":
Adele, "Someone Like You":
Still here? Okay, then watch Lil Wayne's performance of "How to Love/John." His energy (and pants) are amazing, but the censors kind of kill his momentum.