We are taking a look back at Madonna‘s iconic MTV VMA’s performance of “Like a Virgin.”
You can’t get more iconic than Madonna. You can’t get more pop culture than the VMAs. Put them together, and you have one of the most prolific pairings in music television. We take you back to one of their best moments in this week’s Pop Culture Rewind.
The date was Sept. 14, 1984. The place was New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The event: the very first MTV Video Music Awards. We all know Madonna’s Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Like a Virgin,” but we had never seen it like this. So much to unpack: a 17-foot wedding cake, the “boy toy” belt buckle, and when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction, one of her shoes came off, which gave us pop-culture gold.
The moment has inspired culture throughout the decades — with it being a top costume and Madonna look — and also spawned a performance by pop princess Britney Spears on that very same VMA stage in that very same outfit, where we’ll have more on that at another time. We always have space for more Queen Madge.
We’ll have another huge moment for you next week in our Pop Culture Rewind.
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