VMAs. Video Music Awards. What a great event, right? I love music. I love music videos. (I just wish MTV showed more of them.)
Over the years, there have been some memorable VMA performances.
2009 - Lady Gaga's blood soaked performance
2006 - OK Go's treadmill dance
2003 - the infamous Britney & Madonna kiss
2000 - Eminem and his army of clones
But my all-time favorite VMA performance?
1992 - NIRVANA
Things to take note of:
1. Kurt began playing Rape Me, awkwardly stopped, and then started Lithium, right?
Well, MTV requested Nirvana play at the VMAs. Any song of your choice!
They said sure, we'll play Rape Me. [For those of you who don't know...Rape Me is a stab at MTV.]
MTV said no. Anything but Rape Me. Anything else!
Okay, we'll play a new song.
The banter went back and forth & pretty much MTV said You can play anything as long as it's Smells Like Teen Spirit or Lithium.
So Kurt and his smartassness (word or not, it works here) opened with a few seconds of Rape Me, then went on to play Lithium. He would never give in to their demands fully.
2. Please notice Krist's
I can laugh at this because I know it was not planned and he wasn't seriously injured. Now that you know, go ahead and laugh, too.
3. Why don't people stage dive anymore?
So what if it dangerous? It looks so fun! Could you imagine if someone ran on stage at a concert now? They would get tazed and arrested. Why can't we go back to 1992 when the music was good and people were fearless?
4. Dave shouts, "Hi Axl! Hi Axl, where's Axl? Hi Axl...Hi Axl!"
Back story: Axl Rose had said something on stage somewhere about how Kurt & Courtney were not fit to be parents.
Axl, his girlfriend/wife, and all of their bodyguards walked passed Kurt (holding Frances Bean), Courtney, Krist, Dave, and some other people backstage before the VMAs. Courtney yelled out to Axl, "Axl! Will you be the godfather of our child?"
Axl responded, to Kurt, "You better shut your bitch up."
And who was 1992's best new artist?
Why, Nirvana was, of course.