On August 28 Madonna performed her iconic MTV VMA performance of “Like A Virgin” alongside Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears …

August 28, 2003 Madonna performed a rendition of “Like A Virgin” with Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, kissing them both, making it one, if not, the most iconic VMA performance of all time.

Britney Spears - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Britney Spears – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Christina Aguilera - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Christina Aguilera – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards MTV / YouTube

Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Madonna alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards MTV / Getty Images

Madonna alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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The infamous MTV Video Music Award Performance featuring Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Madonna Getty Images

The infamous MTV Video Music Award Performance featuring Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Madonna
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During the infamous performance, both Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were dressed as brides (referencing Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” look), and were soon joined by Madonna, dressed as the groom, performing her latest single, “Hollywood.” Soon later, Missy Elliot joined them on stage to perform a remix of her hit, “Work It.”

Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Getty Images

Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Madonna kissing Britney Spears during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Film Magic / Getty Images

Madonna kissing Britney Spears during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Madonna kissing Christina Aguilera during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Film Magic / Getty Images

Madonna kissing Christina Aguilera during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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At the time, Britney was fresh off her “I’m a Slave 4 U” era, while Christina was in the midst of her “Dirry” era. Coincidentally, in 2003, Billboard named Aguilera the “Top Female Pop Act of 2003.” The kiss between the trio was interpreted as symbolic, as it has been argued that both Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears (arguably at the time, aside from Madonna, were the biggest pop acts around) are successors to Madonna’s pop throne.

Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards MTV / Getty Images

Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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While infamous, much of the crowd was in shock and surprised with the performance, including Spears’ ex, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne, as well as Mary J. Blige.

Beyonce - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Beyonce – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Justin Timberlake - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Justin Timberlake – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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Mary J. Blige - 2003 MTV Video Music Awards YouTube

Mary J. Blige – 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
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