There’s no denying that artists pull out all the stops for award shows, but some of the most memorable come during the “anything goes,” MTV Video Music Awards. The folks behind tonight’s broadcast [Live 8/7c] have already hinted at secret guest performances and other goodies, but we’ll have to wait until tonight to see. From Madonna’s MANY performances, to the age of boy bands, to the infamous Kanye/Taylor Swift diss and musical rebuttle, to the debut of Drake and other artists, the heart of this award show is about the music.

For today’s #ThrowbackThursday, browse the songs from the performances since the first show in 1984 all the way to tonight’s sure-to-be-buzzed-about spotlight on Frank Ocean. Sound off on the show in the comments!

 

1984

Artist: Madonna

Album: Like a Virgin

Song: “Like a Virgin

 

1989

Artist: The Cure

Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Song: “Just Like Heaven

1993

Artist: Naughty by Nature

Album: 19 Naughty III

Song: “Hip Hop Hooray

 

1999

Artist: Backstreet Boys

Album: Millennium

Song: “I Want it That Way

 

2001

Artist: Alicia Keys

Album: Songs in A Minor

Song: “Fallin

 

2006

Artist: Shakira

Album: Oral Fixation Vol. 2

Song: ”Hips Don’t Lie

 

2010

Artist: Drake

Album: Thank Me Later

Song: “Fancy

 

2012

Artist: Frank Ocean

Album: channel ORANGE

Song: TBD…tune in tonight!

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