If you go by the gospel of the VMA flipbook, 1993 is the year that grunge officially breaks. Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana dominate, flannel abounds and Christian Slater hosts. Gnarls.


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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Material Girl Madonna opens the 1993 VMAs with a burlesque-inspired performance of "Bye, Bye Baby."

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Just a week before the release of the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance, star Christian Slater hosts the 1993 Video Music Awards.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Kurt Cobain narrowly averts a wardrobe malfunction as Nirvana accepts the Best Alternative Video for "In Bloom" at the 1993 VMAs.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lives up to the band's madman reputation, swallowing a banana as Flea and the Mad Hatter go on with the show.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Delinquent darlings Beavis and Butthead torture a Moonman before presenting it... to their butts.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Living legends George Clinton (Parliament), Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre present the Best R&B Video Moonman at the 1993 VMAs.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe performs "Everybody Hurts" in a sentimental mood at the 1993 VMAs.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Milton Berle shoots the audience a sly glance after famously groping drag star RuPaul.

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9.2.1993, Los Angeles: Pearl Jam bring 'King Jeremy the wicked' up to help them accept the Moonman for Best Video of the Year.

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