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MTV's Video Music Awards were ruled by 3 kids from Norway 25 years ago



A-HaDoes anyone at Stuck in the '80s really care about last night's MTV Video Music Awards? Of course not. Lady Gaga could dress up as the dancing, plucked chicken from Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer video and I'd just yawn twice as often. So let's focus on something a little more memorable, like, the MTV Video Awards from 1986.

Twenty-five years ago, the VMAs were held Sept. 5 at both the The Palladium in New York and Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The hosts? Some people you might remember: "Downtown" Julie Brown, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and Dweezil Zappa.

Here were the highlights.

WHERE ARE WE NOW? Even though the show was technically hosted from both New York and L.A., feeds came in from London, Miami and New Haven, Conn., as well. Instead of using an outside host, MTV relied on its by-then-famous group of Veejays. (Did you forget that Dweezil was a VJ? He was for a short time before being firec for badmouthing MTV on the Howard Stern Show.)

THE BIG WINNER: Dire Straits won Video of the Year for Money for Nothing (the first video ever played on MTV in the U.K.), but ...

THE BIGGER WINNER: Taking home seven "moon man" statues was A-Ha, including Best New Artist and Viewer's Choice for Take On Me.

PERFORMANCES: Mr. Mister did Kyrie; the Monkees reunited for I'm a Believer; the Pet Shop Boys performed West End Girls.


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