Monday Memories – MTV Killed the Video Awards

In honor of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, which I was unfortunately forced to watch, let’s hop in the Way-Back Machine to check out some iconic moments from VMAs past.

We’re going to kick things off with Nirvana’s 1992 performance of “Lithium.” Network executives told the band they weren’t allowed to play “Rape Me,” so of course, Cobain kicks off the performance teasing the song. Also notable, Kris Novoselic tossing his guitar in the air and having it fall on his head.

Flipping back a few more years to 1989, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora sat down with a couple of guitars and performed acoustic versions of “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” Just a few months later, MTV would debut it’s “Unplugged” series, with similar acoustic performances.

Playing off a controversial appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Madonna came out to present an award in 1994 with the late night host in tow…

Also in 1994, this happened…

It was a weird time for us all.

Jumping ahead to the 2000 VMAs, Eminem’s performance of “The Real Slim Shady” is one of the award show’s most iconic moments:

What are your favorite VMA moments? Or, more importantly, do we even care about them anymore? Either way, discuss whatever you want right here.