It’s time for viewers to dig through their closets for their favourite pair of low-rise jeans and best Von Dutch hat because ‘90s nostalgia has once again struck a chord, as witnessed by the record-breaking $6 million sale of Kurt Cobain’s guitar from Nirvana’s rare acoustic MTV UNPLUGGED performance. In celebration, MTV is taking a look back at the late ‘90s and early 2000s with a FLASHBACK FRIDAY special, Friday, June 26 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
An homage to MTV’s iconic music programming, the FLASHBACK FRIDAY special revives some of the network’s music notable titles, transporting viewers to a time when music thrived on television. Kicking off the jam-packed event is DIARY: P!NK at 8 p.m. ET, which offers an intimate look into the early life of the acclaimed musician. Music junkies left craving more can then enjoy a star-studded lineup of legendary MTV UNPLUGGED specials, including vintage performances by Pearl Jam (8:30 p.m. ET) and Nirvana (9 p.m. ET), as well as a redemption performance by Oasis’ Liam Gallagher (10 p.m. ET). Finally, viewers can relive the 1999 and 2000 MTV Video Music Awards back-to-back beginning at 11 p.m. ET. In celebration, below are some of the most memorable moments from the 1999 VMAs.
- Following the numerous sexual assaults that took place at Woodstock ’99, the Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz leveraged his acceptance speech to urge artists and promoters to advocate for the increased protection of women at music festivals.
- Lil Kim shocked the world with her purple pasties, which received the original double tap from Diana Ross.
- Britney Spears performed her debut single “…Baby One More Time”.
- Drag queens paid tribute to Madonna, the most-nominated artist in VMA history at the time, by performing a medley of her hits.
- Long before Kanye West crashed the MTV VMAs stage, journalist John Del Signore paved the way by cutting off the Backstreet Boys’ acceptance speech to say “Wake up at three.”
- Presenting the VMA for Best Rap Video, Will Smith introduced the mourning mothers of Tupac and Biggie, Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace.
- Prince. Mic drop.