Late ’90s/early ’00s nostalgia just won’t die!
It seems like every few years we get rumors that MTV‘s TRL is coming back…and here we go again!
It’s been announced that a version of the show is returning to the network and will be tentatively titled MTV Live. The show will debut on June 12.
MTV president Chris McCarthy said:
“That ability to be live, in culture ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ not responding to it but driving it ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ is where we belong.”
The new show will be set in the same TRL Times Square studio, which is about twice as big now, and will feature both music and other elements. Sounds exciting! We hope TRL staples Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys make appearances!
When the show launched in 1998, it basically just featured Carson Daly counting down the most popular videos of the day, but it quickly exploded into an opportunity for celebs to promote themselves and fans to meet them. Peeps like Diddy, *NSYNC, and Jennifer Lopez made regular appearances and performed as well. It was the best of times!
In honor of this new installment, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the show’s ten-year run (below)!
1. One of the best (and craziest!) moments took place when Mariah Carey made an unannounced appearance dressed in nothing but a Loverboy tee and passed around popsicles. She later took off her shirt to reveal gold booty shorts underneath! Not shortly thereafter, Miz Carey was hospitalized for exhaustion.
2. One time the Backstreet Boys’ appearance caused so much chaos that police had to SHUT DOWN all of Times Square! INSANE!
3. Britney Spears wiped off Diddy’s sweat with a towel as he practiced for the New York marathon, LOLz! The rapper made a whopping 37 appearances on the show, because his office was only a few blocks down from TRL studios!
5. In 2008 Usher fired his manager, his mom, and went on a long-winded rant about wife Tameka, leaving host Damien Fahey completely bewildered and at a loss for words! Usher spoke directly to the camera, saying:
“My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. … I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way your supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas.”