MTV hit the airwaves in 1981 with the announcement, "Ladies and gentleman -- rock and roll" before launching into "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. While videos and even music are scarce at times on MTV in the 2010s, the network was just finding its stride in the '90s, masterfully blending music from every genre with hip personalities and classic programming.
The decade saw MTV creating unforgettable events out of premieres from Nirvana, Britney Spears, Live and other acts, as well as the premiere of some of the earliest reality shows to hit television, including "The Real World" and "Road Rules." The decade is remembered for unforgettable "Unplugged Moments," insane awards show performances and fights, and of course, the premiere of teen favorite "Total Request Live."
It was a less polished MTV than the one you'll see today, but it was also an era of great journalism in the music world and beyond, including MTV's unique look at sports, the news and the issues facing its audience.
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