Still the most successful album of all time, Thriller shaped the music industry for decades to come and consecrated Michael Jackson as the "King of Pop".
The US pop singer, wearing a dress of bejewelled mesh, won best artist, best pop, best video and best long-form video.
The US pop singer also made a surprisingly big announcement of her new album coming in October.
Jennifer Lopez was awarded this year's 'Generation Award' for actors whose diverse contributions have made them household names.
The show opened with a pre-taped clip from none other than Madonna, who made VMA history at the 1984 inaugural show with a show-stopping performance of "Like A Virgin," which kicked off the show's reign as a platform for headline-grabbing antics.
'Beliebers' were overjoyed after their maestro topped the winners list in Rotterdam, Netherlands after winning three of the five awards he was nominated for.
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