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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

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

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

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

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

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

Hanson arrive at the 1998 VMAs in Los Angeles.
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Hanson arrive at the 1998 VMAs in Los Angeles.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

The Beastie Boys perform on Sept. 8, 1994.
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The Beastie Boys perform on Sept. 8, 1994.

The Backstreet Boys perform onstage at the 1999 VMAs.
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The Backstreet Boys perform onstage at the 1999 VMAs.

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

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

Korn at the 1999 VMAs in New York City.
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Korn at the 1999 VMAs in New York City.

No Doubt accept the award for Best Group Video on Sept. 4, 1997.
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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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Left: Ricky Martin poses with his awards in 1999. Right: Christina Aguilera blows a kiss to the press in 1999.

Lil' Kim waves to the press in 1999.
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Lil' Kim waves to the press in 1999.

Michael Jackson performs during the opening of the 1995 VMAs.
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Michael Jackson performs during the opening of the 1995 VMAs.

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

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