All 13 Performances from the 1992 MTV VMAs, Ranked

axl elton vma 1992Believe it or not, MTV used to highlight real musicians.  It’s hard to imagine that now given how today’s era is dominated by interchangeable pop stars like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

To prove this point, let’s take a look back the 1992 MTV video awards.  This show was truly epic.

1992 was the year that Kurt Cobain taunted Axl Rose about becoming his daughter’s godfather.  Howard Stern appeared as Fart Man. Bobby Brown dropped an F-bomb on live TV.

It was the last year MTV was relevant and in retrospect, it was also the last year that rock ‘n roll really mattered.

The list of performances that year was simply unparalleled – U2, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Here are all 13 performances from that legendary night, ranked by awesomeness.


13. Def Leppard – Let’s Get Rocked