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Before Kanye West bum-rushed the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, many other Black artists expressed themselves and set new precedents for the representation of Black entertainment.

Check out those moments below:

Usher Returning To MTV’s VMA Stage After 6 Years

Check out Kanye West’s 2009 VMA outburst here!

Check out photos from the 2009 VMAs here!