INXS wins big, Michael Jackson is inducted into the Video Vanguard and Guns N' Roses is Best New Artist at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.


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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Arsenio Hall’s bendy cartoon fingers make him the perfect host for MTV’s 1988 Video Music Awards.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Slash (Guns N' Roses) brings teen porn queen Traci Lords onstage to help him accept the award for Best New Artist.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode sings of "Strangelove" in his sexy leather outfit.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Oddly paired presenters Elvira, the Mistress of Darkness, and three-time NBA MVP, the great Magic Johnson.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: MTV VJ Julie Brown sneaks up on Will Smith just two years before one little fight landed him with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Michael Hutchence of INXS thanks the fans, after winning four awards for 1988 hit “Need You Tonight/Mediate.”

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: The ever-colorful Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), who hasn’t perceptibly aged in 20 years, presents the Moonman for Best Female Video at the 1988 VMAs.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: With Steven Tyler’s gleaming chest looking on in the background, Suzanne Vega accepts the Best Female Video Moonman for “Luka.”

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Peter Gabriel presents Michael Jackson with the highly sought-after Video Vanguard Award, an honor which was later renamed after him.

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09.07.88, Los Angeles: Arsenio Hall and Cher call big winners INXS up to accept their Video of the Year Moonman, and put an end to the night’s festivities.

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