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'MTV Unplugged' Performances Throughout The Years

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Kurt Cobain performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of "MTV Unplugged" on Nov. 18, 1993, in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) | Frank Micelotta via Getty Images

The Miley Cyrus episode of "MTV Unplugged" airs on Wednesday, reigniting one of the network's most iconic shows, which was once at the epicenter of music culture.

Many of the '90s and early 2000s' most popular artists headlined "Unplugged," and in turn the series doubled as a ratings cash cow for the network while providing a bump on the Billboard charts for performers. Today, the show is regarded as more of an MTV relic: episodes still air sporadically (Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons are among the acts that headlined recently), but "Unplugged" hasn't been a staple on the airwaves in more than a decade.

Whether or not Cyrus' appearance will help to electrify "Unplugged" is yet to be seen (and, honestly, doubtful considering the current landscape at MTV). But with a guest appearance by Madonna, in which the two will perform a medley of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop," all eyes should be on Cyrus as she brings her antics to the stripped-down "Unplugged" stage. Meanwhile, let's reminisce about past artists who've graced the show. Check out select clips below.

  • Sinead O'Connor
    January 1990
  • Hall & Oates
    May 1990
  • Elton John
    May 1990
  • Aerosmith
    August 1990
  • Paul McCartney
    January 1991
  • R.E.M.
    April 1991
  • Elvis Costello
    June 1991
  • Eric Clapton
    January 1992
  • Mariah Carey
    March 1992
  • Pearl Jam
    March 1992
  • Annie Lennox
    July 1992
  • Bruce Springsteen
    September 1992
  • Neil Young
    February 1993
  • 10,000 Maniacs
    April 1993
  • Stone Temple Pilots
    November 1993
  • Nirvana
    November 1993
  • Lenny Kravitz
    April 1994
  • Björk
    November 1994
  • The Eagles
    November 1994
  • Bob Dylan
    November 1994
  • Hole
    February 1995
  • Melissa Etheridge
    February 1995
  • Sheryl Crow
    February 1995
  • KISS
    August 1995
  • Tori Amos
    April 1996
  • Oasis (excluding Liam Gallagher)
    August 1996
  • Fiona Apple
    July 1997
  • BLACKstreet
    September 1997
  • Babyface & Stevie Wonder
    October 1997
  • Erykah Badu
    November 1997
  • Alanis Morissette
    November 1999
  • Jay Z & The Roots
    November 2001
  • Lauryn Hill
    July 2002
  • Alicia Keys
    July 2005
  • Korn (feat. Amy Lee)
    December 2006
  • Katy Perry
    July 2009
  • Vampire Weekend
    July 2010
  • Trey Songz
    April 2010
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars
    May 2011
  • Lykke Li
    April 2011
  • Lil Wayne
    July 2011
  • Mumford & Sons
    June 2011
  • Florence + The Machine
    December 2011

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