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First VMAs in GIFs from 1984

We would have had a blast with Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ performance.

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The best part of an awards show in the year 2015? Probably the GIFs: looped footage of Miley’s foam finger, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ e-cig, and Jack Nicholson video-bombing Jennifer Lawrence make gala events like the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and VMAs worth watching (and watching again). In honor of Sunday’s VMAs here’s what the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards, which aired in 1984, would have looked like if we had GIF’d them in real-time.

Look it’s the first Moonmen!

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Just kidding, it’s your hosts, Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler.

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Rod Stewart takes the stage for the first-ever VMA performance.

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Michael Jackson wins the first award of the night, Best Performance in a Video for “Thriller.” Diana Ross picks up the Moonman on his behalf.

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New York City mayor Ed Koch shows up to declare Radio City Music Hall’s new name, Video City Music Hall. (That didn’t stick.)

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Cyndi Lauper wins Best Female Video for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

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ZZ Top performs, and everyone wears a beard.

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Huey Lewis and the News were there too. (They played “I Want A New Drug.”)

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Mick Jagger gives a video statement to celebrate the inaugural event.

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The Beatles win the first Vanguard Award.

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David Bowie appears via tape from London.

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Quincy Jones is here!

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David Lee Roth has some thoughts.

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And Madonna makes history with her legendary “Like A Virgin” performance.

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