That awkward moment when you realize MTV is older than Kelly Clarkson, Lil Wayne, Kate Middleton, Seth Rogen, and Nicki Minaj! Today marks MTV’s thirty fifth birthday. Now this is something to celebrate, right?
Before the internet became the ‘it’ thing, MTV was the coolest thing which would get everyone the latest music updates. The channel debuted on August 1, 1981 and the first-ever music video which was played on MTV was Bruce Wooly’s song “Video Killed the Radio Star”. The second clip run on the channel was “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar.
There used to be an MTV era when compelling programs such as “120 Minutes”, “Liquid Television”, “MTV Unplugged” and actual music videos used to play. Everyone used to tune into MTV to watch their favorite show, it was like a ritual. The original VJs who became cultural icons themselves later on include: Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.
What was once seen as a network wholly dedicated to airing music videos and sharing insights on music topics has now transformed into a channel which only airs reality shows which are anything but reality.
Here are three highlights from MTV throughout its 35 years listed down.
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”
When Madonna gave the sexiest karaoke performance at the first MTV Video Music Awards, it became the hottest performances of all times. Not to mention, the pop queen was merely 26 years old back then. She sang her hit single “Like a Virgin”, dressed in a wedding dress and descending from a giant wedding cake.
Michael Jackson takes MTV by storm
When MTV was launched, it primarily featured rock bands, majority of which were white. But two years later, in 1983, everything changed for good when the king of pop took MTV and the music world by storm. When his videos for “Thriller” and “Beat It” along with other songs were played, the music channel was recognized as a diversified channel.
Britney Spears’ python performance
When Britney Spears had a live python donned as if it were an accessory over her body, the viewers were mesmerized and audience was shocked. It was the VMAs of 2001 when Britney was at the top of her career. She was performing and lip syncing her popular single “I’m a slave 4 U”.
Oh and by the way, did you know MTV has kicked off a brand new channel? It goes by the name MTV classic which will focusing on programs and videos from its golden era. That is something, right?