21 Photos That Prove The 1994 VMAs Were The Nineties-est Thing Ever

The VMAs looked very different 20 years ago. (The denim overalls and Brendan Fraser alone. Oh, and Coolio.)

The 1994 VMAs were gloriously weird and embodied everything you could ever want from the ’90s — from denim tuxedos to delightfully disheveled comedians to the existence of VJ Kennedy, oh, and SO MUCH NORMCORE. Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were just being born in 1994, and judging by whatever Steven Tyler was doing with his butt that year, we really could’ve used pop’s current princes in this bizarre decade because ’90s dudes just did not make sense.

Here are some quintessentially ’90s photos that’ll take you back in time and prove that the 1994 VMAs had a lock on, well, the ’90s. If these photos bum you out, bear in mind that R.E.M. took home four VMAs for “Everybody Hurts” that year, so we were kind of in a dark place as a nation. We guarantee the 2014 VMAs will look a lot better on Sunday, August 24. (Except for when you look at photos of the 2014 VMAs from your spaceship iPhone in 2034.)

1. Miss Jackson with her Best Female Moonman

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2. Baby-faced Snoop Dogg

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3. All hail Lisa Loeb!

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4. Michael Jackson kissing his then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley

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5. Brendan Fraser. Just Brendan Fraser. Period.

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6. Roseanne Barr hosted, which, to be fair, is awesome

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7. Flavor Flav’s peace sign

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8. Sheryl Crow double-Moonman bicep curls

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9. Madonna being Madonna

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10. Steven Tyler being Steven Tyler

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11. Steven Tyler wearing Madonna’s lipstick

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12. Aerosmith and Madonna on the same stage

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13. David Letterman tenderly clasping Madonna’s hand

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14. Kennedy reminds us why she’s one of our favorite MTV VJs

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15. Sandra Bullock and the face she was making

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16. Tom Petty became a Video Vanguard

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17 & 18. Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler hung out

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19. Toni Braxton gave a little wave

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20. Boyz II Men set a precedent for future VMA boy band attendees

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21. Just, like, Coolio in general

1994 MTV Video Music Awards Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

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