10 best MTV moments
The New York Daily News keeps celebrating their “MTV Week” today discussing the “10 best MTV moments” in an article by Isaac Guzman.
Madonna is featured two times opening and closing this very special chart with two of her most iconic TV appearances.
“Most networks shy away from controversy, but MTV revels in it. Over the last 23 years, the channel has crafted a multitude of the most obnoxious, over-the-top (and occasionally inspiring) moments in pop culture history. Here’s a definitive list of the landmark events that simultaneously defined MTV and America.”
10. The Smooch Seen ‘Round the World (2003)
In an utterly calculated moment of “shock TV,” Madonna plants big, wet, tongue-tinged kisses on Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The media go wild, but for once nobody really seems to care – not even the Christian right. In the wake of this desperate plea for attention, all three see their careers plummet.
1. The “Virgin” Madonna (1984)
Presaging the controversy she’d generate with her outrageous “Like a Prayer” and “Justify My Love” videos, Madonna creates a scandal at the first-ever Video Music Awards. With a crucifix around her neck, she writhes in a wedding dress, simulates sex and stimulates legions of religious conservatives to protest. With a single performance, Madonna gives MTV an indelible identity, and the modern, post-MTV era of pop begins.