Highlights

Arsenio returns as host in this transitional year, where Bon Jovi, Poison, Metallica and Van Halen, icons of the '80s, perform side by side with '90s rock and rap revolutionaries like R.E.M. and L.L. Cool.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Pee-Wee Herman opens the '91 VMAs by asking: "Heard any good jokes lately?"

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Arsenio Hall hosts his fourth and final MTV Video Music Awards.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: LL Cool J wins Best Rap Video for “Mama Said Knock You Out” at the 1991 VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Presenter Billy Idol shocks the audience when he pulls an envelope from his fly while presenting at the Video Music Awards.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Breakthrough album Out Of Time’s commercial success is sealed when R.E.M. pick up six Moonmen at the '91 VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Michael Stipe of R.E.M. changes his shirt to accept the Moonman for Best Breakthrough Video, “Losing My Religion.”

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Mariah Carey blows away the 1991 VMA crowd with her performance of "Emotions."

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Paula Abdul sparkles on stage during her performance at the '91 VMAs. Little did the world know that it would be sitting down that eventually made the singer/dancer/choreographer a household name.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: C.C. DeVille and Bret Michaels of Poison bring the house down with a blistering rendition of "Talk Dirty to Me" at the '91 VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: With nothing more than a glance, Lenny Kravitz reminds us to love and rub a dub, as he presents a Moonman at the '91 VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: You know you’re big time when James Brown presents you with an award. Here four-time host, Arsenio Hall, receives a special award for his service to the VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Guitar god Eddie Van Halen drills the message home as Sammy Hagar looks on in awe, onstage at the VMAs.

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6.5.1991, Los Angeles: Bon Jovi peers out from under an otter as he receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for 1991.

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