Lady Gaga Dominates 2020 VMAs

Sunday night's VMAs on MTV had a different look and feel, much like 2020 itself.

After the show opened with a dedication to Chadwick Boseman, The Weeknd then wowed with a live performance of "Blinding Lights." That song would go on to win Best R&B as well as Video of the Year, though in both acceptance speeches, he took a somber tone and explained he's more focused on justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

And that's about as close as the evening came to politics, save for the occasional reminder to vote and Lady Gaga asking us to wear masks as "a sign of respect."

She and her own collection of masks were seen early and often. As the night's big winner, she collected Moon Person trophies in nearly category nominated.

Gaga also wowed with a nine-minute medley of "Enigma", "Chromatica II", "911", "Rain on Me" (together with Ariana Grande, as we were hoping), and "Stupid Love." See more below.

Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” Guitar Breaks Auction Records

In the Venn diagram of our youth and MTV actually playing music-related content, "MTV Unplugged" was a memorable point in the middle. It spanned genres and generations; Tori Amos to Aerosmith, Bob Dylan to Duran Duran.

A high-water mark in the series was Nirvana's 1993 stint, showcasing the band in a mellower set and marking the last time most of us would see Kurt Cobain perform.

The Martin acoustic guitar he played for "Unplugged," already desirable without the provenance, just sold at auction for an astonishing $6 million. The sale broke several records: most expensive guitar, most expensive acoustic guitar, most expensive memorabilia, and most expensive Nirvana memorabilia sold at auction.

If there's any consolation to a symbol of our better days selling to the highest bidder (was that '90s angsty' enough?), it has found a good home. Rather than become a static display in a man cave, the auction house assures us the guitar's new Australian owner will "display the guitar in a worldwide tour of exhibitions to be held in distinguished galleries and art spaces, with all proceeds (including the guitar) going to the performing arts." See more below.

Petition To Induct Original MTV VJs Into Rock HOF

We weren't called the MTV Generation for nothing. Growing up long before the Internet, we clung to the cable channel as our lifeline to fashion, trends and music. Five trailblazers navigated us through it all: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn.

There's now a petition to induct these original VJs into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and you can add your support here.