Over the years, the MTV Video Music Awards have become one of the entertainment industry’s most exciting nights.
It’s always been about spontaneity, having fun and portraying a fresh, youthful attitude ― the show never took itself too seriously ― and when it came to the red carpet, attendees seemed to follow the “anything goes” mantra. (They still do, just ask Miley Cyrus.)
That was exactly the case in 1987 at MTV’s 4th annual VMAs, when stars like Paula Abdul, Steven Tyler, Howie Mandel and Run-D.M.C. hit up the show. Judging by the red carpet photos, pretty much everyone got the glitter and/or big hair memo.
That night, Peter Gabriel swept the show, taking home 10 awards ― he still holds the record for most Moonmen won at a single ceremony ― including the Video Vanguard award and the coveted Video of the Year.
In anticipation of Sunday night’s show, hosted by Katy Perry, we’re taking a look back at the early years. Scroll through for a glimpse of the award show back in 1987:
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