Highlights

Enter the alternative! Aside from three big wins by Coolio, most of 1996's honors were divided among Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Alanis, Beck, Bush and Foo Fighters.

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09.04.96, New York City: The Smashing Pumpkins kick off the celestial-themed ceremonies with "Tonight, Tonight."

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09.04.96, New York City: Ribald ranter Dennis Miller returns for a second go at hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, a truly otherwordly event.

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09.04.96, New York City: To present Best New Artist, Rosie O'Donnell performs her own renditions of each nominated song - much to Kevin Bacon's dismay.

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09.04.96, New York City: Ooh la la la... The Fugees, featuring Lauryn Hill, perform a medley of their hit songs at the 1996 Video Music Awards.

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09.04.96, New York City: The notoriously nude Flea demonstrates the art of the striptease as Anthony Kiedis and Claudia Schiffer look on in amusement.

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09.04.96, New York City: Dennis Miller has a conversation with astronauts at the Russian MIR Space Station, making this the first awards show to conquer space.

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09.04.96, New York City: The Moonman takes the audience on a tour of his hometown, space, with a little help from a couple of Russian cosmonauts.

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09.04.96, New York City: David Lee Roth has an awkward reunion with the other members of Van Halen. Or at least it's awkward for them...

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09.04.96, New York City: James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin of The Smashing Pumpkins clean up in '96 with five Moonmen for Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.

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