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Remembering The 41 Greatest Moments From The 1993 VMAs

Twenty years ago, MTV held the most epic and iconic VMAs of all time — which included appearances by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Madonna, Janet Jackson, R.E.M., and Neil Young. So step aside, 2000 VMAs. Just step aside.

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3. Coolest couple of the night: Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, who brought along daughter Frances Bean.

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This was Kurt’s final VMA appearance. He committed suicide eight months later.

28. Michael Stipe brought out his heavy brow pencil (or is that a Sharpie?) to perform "Everybody Hurts" and "Drive" with R.E.M.:

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29. RuPaul and Milton Berle had a cringeworthy fight on stage.

According to RuPaul, Milton had been disrespectful to him backstage. When it came time for the two of them to hit the stage to present The Viewer's Choice Award, Ru decided to make his displeasure known and ad-libbed the line, “So you used to wear gowns, but now you’re wearing diapers.” A shocked Milton snapped back, “Oh, we’re going to ad-lib? I’ll check my brain and we’ll start even.”

30. Aerosmith took home The Viewer's Choice Moonman for "Livin' on the Edge," which also happened to be the only video from their Get a Grip album to not feature Alicia Silverstone.

31. Pearl Jam performed their new song "Animal” and then brought out the “Godfather of Grunge,” Neil Young, for their iconic performance of his classic song "Rockin' in the Free World."

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32. K.d. lang won Best Female Video for "Constant Craving" — beating out Janet Jackson's "That's The Way Love Goes." (I am still bitter about that.)

37. George Clinton, along with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, presented the first-ever Best R&B Video Moonman. Snoop actually had to sneak into the awards show, as the Los Angeles Police Department had a warrant out for his arrest.

The LAPD came to the show looking for Snoop. He was able to evade them and turned himself in after the show.

Snoop was wanted in connection with a drive-by murder of an L.A. gang member. Eventually all charges were dropped against him.

38. Janet Jackson performed a flawless medley of "That's the Way Love Goes" and "If":

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40. Pearl Jam was the big winner of the night. They took home Video of the Year for "Jeremy," and they even brought along the star of the video to the podium for their acceptance speech.

Pearl Jam beat out Aerosmith for "Livin' on the Edge," En Vogue for "Free Your Mind," Peter Gabriel for "Digging in the Dirt," and R.E.M. for "Man on the Moon."

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