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    30 MTV VMA Flashback Photos That Will Make You Long for the Late '90s and Early 2000s

    'Scuse us, 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, we're really happy that you have Taylor Swift performing her new single and Nicki Minaj probably oh-so-subtly showing off her booty, and we're going to let you finish but uh…

    The MTV VMAs from the late '90s and early 2000s were the best VMAs of all time. Of all time.

    (See what we did there? We made a very dated VMA joke while talking about the VMAs. You're welcome).

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    Why were the Video Music Awards so good from 1998 to 2002? The proof is in the pudding. Well, the proof is in the photos, but we bet if there were some pudding around the proof would be in that, too:

    1. Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar (1998)

    Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, MTV VMA's 1998 Ron Galella/WireImage

    It's Buffy and Willow in some truly questionable late '90s fashion!

    2. Britney Spears (1999)

    Britney Spears, MTV VMA's 1999 Dave Hogan/Getty Images

    Britney came onto the scene with this face and the world was never the same.

    3. Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lopez (1998)

    Jennifer Lopez, MTV VMA's 1998 Jim Smeal/WireImage

    Just a casual threesome date to the Video Music Awards: Mark, J.Lo and J.Lo's hat.

    4. Avril Lavigne (2002)

    Avril Lavigne, MTV VMA's 2002 Dave Hogan/Getty Images

    Someone should have told her she would grow up to marry the lead singer of Nickelback.

    5. 'N Sync (2001)

    *NSYNC, MTV VMA's 2001 Kevin Kane/WireImage

    Do you ever wonder why this music gets you high? Speaking of high, whoever designed this set must have been pretty stoned. So. Many. Bright. Colors.

    6. Lenny Kravitz and Gwen Stefani (1998)

    Lenny Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, MTV VMA's 1998 Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Tough question: Who has the better eyebrow game in this picture?

    7. Madonna

    Madonna, MTV VMA's 1998 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Is there a photo more representative of 1998 than this one of the Queen of Pop?

    8. Destiny's Child (2000)

    Destiny's Child, MTV VMA's 2000 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Give Destiny's Child coordinating outfits or give them death.

    9. Christina Aguilera and Fred Durst (2000)

    Christina Aguilera, Fred Durst, MTV VMA's 2000 Kevin Kane/WireImage

    Remember when this performance was a thing?

    10. Brandy (1998)

    Brandy, MTV VMA's 1998 Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

    That's what we like to call a mullet dress. It's a shame not many people rock them anymore at the VMAs. Miley: Lookin' at you this year, girl!

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    11. Julia Stiles (2000)

    Julia Stiles, MTV VMA's 2000 Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

    Julia has yet to save the last dance at the time of this photo, but she is saving that iridescent pink dress for us.

    12. Britney Spears (2000)

    Britney Spears, MTV VMA's 2000 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    An icon is born.

    13. Lil' Kim (1999)

    Lil Kim, MTV VMA's 1999 Ron Galella/WireImage

    This photo is pre-Diana Ross boob-bouncing.

    14. Christina Aguilera (1999)

    Christina Aguilera, MTV VMA's 1999 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Xtina's first VMAs! And she wore the official fabric scheme of 1999: hot pink lace and leopard-print.

    15. Pamela Anderson (1999)

    Pamela Anderson, MTV VMA's 1999 Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    That's the biggest hat you could find, Pam? Laaame.

    16. Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan (1998)

    Marilyn Manson, Rose McGowan, MTV VMA's 1998 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Ma'am, did you know you look quite naked in that dress?

    17. Jennifer Love Hewitt (1998)

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, MTV VMA's 1998 Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

    That's the hairstyle every single female wore to their high school homecoming dances in 1998.

    18. Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson (2001)

    Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, MTV VMA's 2001 Ron Galella/WireImage

    This was before Ashlee went all punk on us.

    19. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears (2000)

    Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, MTV VMA's 2000 KMazur/WireImage

    You know what we're going to say here, right? TURN. BACK. TIME.

    20. Andy Dick (2001)

    Andy Dick, MTV VMA's 2001 Jim Spellman/WireImage

    Andy Dick: the wallflower. He really has to learn to come out of his shell.

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    21. Pink Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim (2001)

    Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, MTV VMA's 2001 Jim Spellman/WireImage

    Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir.

    22. Backstreet Boys (1998)

    Backstreet Boys, MTV VMA's 1998 Jim Smeal/WireImage

    Three out of the five of them are wearing vests. That's three people too many.

    23. Britney Spears and 'N Sync (1999)

    Britney Spears, NSYNC, MTV VMA's 1999 Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage

    How adorable do these guys look during their VMA rehearsal? So young. So innocent. 

    24. Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera, MTV VMA's 2002 Dave Hogan/Getty Images

    This is when Christina got dirrty. That's "dirty" with two t's. 

    25. Hanson (1998)

    Hanson, MTV VMA's 1998 Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

    PSA: Hanson still does music and we recommend you listen to this song. Also, Taylor Hanson only got hotter after this photo. 

    26. Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton (2002)

    Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, MTV VMA's 2002 DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

    This is when the Hilton sisters were just labeled as "models and socialites."

    27. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (2000)

    Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, MTV VMA's 2000 Kevin Kane/WireImage

    Until this moment, we honestly thought there was only room for one hot blond pop singer on the VMA stage.

    28. Tyra Banks (1998)

    Tyra Banks, MTV VMA's 1998 Jim Smeal/WireImage

    Capri pants and heels? It's gotta be 1998.

    29. Justin Timberlake (2002)

    Justin Timberlake, MTV VMA's 2002 KMazur/WireImage

    This is a hard photo for us to look at because it meant that not only was Justin no longer with Britney, but he was no longer with 'N Sync. It's just too painful to remember.

    30. Britney Spears (2001)

    Britney Spears, MTV VMA's 2001 Kevin Kane/WireImage

    Bow down. Case closed.

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