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Experience the Past Three Decades Through These MTV VMA Photos

The MTV Video Music Awards are back in Brooklyn this year, and by the looks of it, they’re going to be huge. We’d go so far as to say that if you don’t watch them, you’ll be totally out of the loop for the entire year to come. With a performance lineup that includes Drake, Kanye, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and a (fingers crossed!) rumored ‘N Sync reunion, we have a really good feeling about this one. Just look at the past VMAs: Each contained at least one moment that could serve as a microcosm for what was "cool” in that particular year. Don’t believe us? Take a look.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic