MTV VMAs 2021: How to watch

MTV initially planted its flag in popular culture with its launching on August 1, 1981. Yes, those people who matured viewing MTV for hours, awaiting our preferred videos to play, the MTV Generation is now sturdily midlife. Here’s an appearance back at some unforgettable minutes from the network’s (and our) youth.

Ends up video didn’t truly eliminate the radio star, however a tune with that title by The Buggles was the very first video ever used MTV. Super smart.

They went from relative unknowns to the faces all of us pertained to acknowledge. Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Marha Quinn and J.J. Jackson were the Fab 5 we hurried to switch on the TELEVISION to see.

The King of Pop Michael Jackson offered us among the most cinematic video ever with 1983’s “Thriller.” It likewise assisted break down racial barriers for MTV, which dealt with criticism for an absence of variety amongst the artists included on air in its early days.

Absolutely nothing states classic MTV like a great ’80s rock music video with huge hair and huge guitar solos. Couple of did it much better than Van Halen — and the late Eddie Van Halen on guitar was magic. Frontman David Lee Roth hangs out with MTV VJ Mark Goodman here in 1983.

The sweet video imagine the Eurythmics from British pop duo Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were fascinating.

It’s difficult to think Madonna was not yet a super star when she appeared at her very first VMAs in 1984. Her efficiency of “Like A Virgin,” total with a white dress and some rolling around on the phase, got the world’s attention and Madonna has actually held it considering that.

Dig if you will an image. With his guitar playing, intriguing lyrics and magnetic phase existence, Prince rapidly turned into one of music’s best stars, in addition to an MTV favorite.

A renowned female of rock with no equivalent, Grace Jones broke every mold made with her vibrant imagination and skill. It was difficult to turn away from her artistic videos, like the one for her 1985 “Slave to the Rhythm.”

In the golden age of MTV, Downtown Julie Brown was all over the network. However her finest — and many enjoyable — gig was hosting the hit music reveal Club MTV, which ranged from 1987 up until 1992.

“Yo! MTV Raps” hit MTV in 1988. It was the network’s first show dedicated entirely to rap and hip-hop music, where Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Doctor Dré all did hosting duties. Public Enemy appeared on the show here in 1991.

The Peabody-winning Choose or Lose campaign was launched in 1992. MTV encouraged its eligible viewers to vote, which successfully drove turnout among younger voters and educated the public on Bill Clinton’s preference for boxers or briefs.

“This is the true story, of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when people stop being polite, and start getting real.” With those words and the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” in 1992, reality TV as we’ve come to know it began. (Norman Korpi, Andre Comeau, Julie Oliver, Rebecca Blasband, Heather B., Eric Nies and Kevin Powell.)

Kurt Cobain and his fuzzy cardigan forever. Nirvana’s performance on “Unplugged” was recorded in 1993 — just five months before Cobain’s death. It was one of his last televised performances and it was beautiful.

Before the fear of Covid super-spreading events, MTV was known for its annual spring break coverage. You’d get performances from top artists and crowds of spring breakers doing what they do finest, partying on the beaches of Cancun, Panama City and South Padre Island.

“Total Request Live” premiered in 1998, hosted by Carson Daly. The show, filmed live in Times Square, featured the many requested music videos of the day, live performances and many, many screaming teens.

Remember when Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera opened the 2003 VMAs with a kiss? Yes, of course you do.

Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge made “The Hills” of MTV come alive with a whole lot of drama and cut-from-context soundbites between 2006-2010.

That awkward moment when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs sparked years of social media feuds and several notable song lyrics.

Lady Gaga wore a dress made completely of raw meat to the 2010 VMAs to protest the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on sexuality in place at the time. It was repealed the next year.

From 2009 – 2012, the cast of “The Jersey Shore” gave us bar brawls, hair gel and a life motto for the ages: Gym, tan, laundry.

Leave it to Beyoncé to pull off the ultimate pregnancy announcement. Queen Bey took the VMA stage in 2011, turned out an amazing efficiency of “Love On Top,” then unbuttoned her purple sequin blazer to reveal a very sweet baby bump.

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus’s 2013 VMA performance is best described as problematic, but it’s probably most remembered for dancers dressed as bears and a lot of twerking.

The incomparable Missy Elliott received The Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMAs and showed love for her “Moonman.” The trophy’s title was changed to a gender-free “Moon Person” in 2017.

Show me MTV in 2020 without saying it… Ariana Grande and Woman Gaga demonstrated still-in-style masks at their VMA efficiency in 2015.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.