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MTV VMAs first show in 1984: A look back

Cyndi Lauper after receiving the MTV Award at

Cyndi Lauper after receiving the MTV Award at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. (Sept. 14, 1984) Credit: AP

With MTV's Video Music Awards back in the Big Apple on Aug. 28 (specifically, at Madison Square Garden for the first time ever), let's flash back to 1984 to the first-ever VMAs -- which were also held in New York City, at Radio City Music Hall.

The ceremony featured what's still one of the VMA's most iconic moments, offering certifiable proof that this show would never be confused with the Grammys. We speak, of course, of Madonna's performance of "Like A Virgin" in which she wore a bustier/wedding gown.

Here are five other things worth remembering:

1. The hosts were Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd.

2. Herbie Hancock was the biggest winner, with five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, with three.

3. The video of the year, however, went to neither: The Cars' "You Might Think" took home the first Moonman.

4. NYC Mayor Ed Koch proclaimed the venue would be renamed "Video City Music Hall" for the night.

5. Multi-nominated Cyndi Lauper read the show's eligibility rules in a gibberish-like language described by one observer as "ancient Babylonian."

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