From the unlikely pairing of Axl Rose and Tom Petty to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's on-stage use of a horse-drawn carriage, live performances have remained a major draw of past MTV Video Music Awards.
At Thursday night's performance at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, no less than 10 acts took to the stage, with the Brian Setzer Orchestra capping off the evening with a boisterous cover of Louis Prima's "Jump, Jive An' Wail."
Fresh off its U.S. tour, the Backstreet Boys demonstrated the sort of deft Temptations-meets-Jackson 5 moves on "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" that figured so prominently into the group's live show and video. The VMA's big boys, the Beasties, then hardcore freestyled and hip-hop postured through a medley of "3 MCs and 1 DJ/Intergalactic" that brought Puff Daddy to his feet for a standing ovation.
But for the second year running, the evening's moment for the time capsule came from Marilyn Manson. Sporting a pair of platform boots that would have won the approval of the Spice Girls, Marilyn Manson bared his prosthetic breasts and -- once again -- his non-prosthetic ass for the live TV debut of "The Dope Show", which ended with an orgiastic display of Manson's pink-uniformed police officers.
Catch all the sizzlin', star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by big show at 8 p.m.
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