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This Is What The VMAs Looked Like In The '90s

From the historic to the regrettable, here's a look back at a decade of the MTV Video Music Awards that featured Britney Spears, the Beastie Boys, and Lil' Kim.

Posted on August 20, 2018, at 4:26 p.m. ET

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NSYNC on Sept. 9, 1999, in New York City.

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No Doubt perform atop the marquee of New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 4, 1996.

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Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and their daughter Frances Bean arrive at the 1993 VMAs in Los Angeles.

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The Spice Girls appear onstage at the 1997 VMAs to accept their award for Best Dance Video.

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TLC pose with their award for Best Group Video on Sept. 9, 1999.

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Hanson arrive at the 1998 VMAs in Los Angeles.

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Left: Marilyn Manson and his then-girlfriend, actor Rose McGowan, arrive at the 1998 VMAs. Right: K-Ci & JoJo at the 1998 VMAs.

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The Fugees arrive at New York's Radio City Music Hall with their crew on Sept. 4, 1996.

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Lauryn Hill accepts the awards for the Best Female Video and Best R&B Video on Sept. 9, 1999.

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Green Day celebrate with their Best Alternative Video award on Sept. 10, 1998.

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Courtney Love and her group Hole pose on the red carpet during the 1995 VMAs.

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Left: Jay-Z speaks to the media after winning the Best Rap Video category on Sept. 9, 1999. Right: Britney Spears arrives at the 1999 VMAs.

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The Beastie Boys perform on Sept. 8, 1994.

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The Backstreet Boys perform onstage at the 1999 VMAs.

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Audience members at the 1997 VMAs hold up lights during a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.

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Dr. Dre and Eminem at the 1999 VMAs in New York City.

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Korn at the 1999 VMAs in New York City.

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No Doubt accept the award for Best Group Video on Sept. 4, 1997.


Left: Ricky Martin poses with his awards in 1999. Right: Christina Aguilera blows a kiss to the press in 1999.

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Lil' Kim waves to the press in 1999.

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Michael Jackson performs during the opening of the 1995 VMAs.

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Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston present the award for Best Male Video on Sept. 10, 1998.