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When Cobain spat on Elton's piano and Luke Perry looked like this - flashback to first MTV Movie Awards 1992

Luke Perry during 1992 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Luke Perry during 1992 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Cindy Crawford and Denis Leary (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Robert Downey Jr. during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Rebecca De Mornay during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mike Myers during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Demi Moore during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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It was a bit of a shambles (setting a precedent, some would argue, for future years), but the inaugural MTV Movie Awards way back in 1992 was also all kinds of entertaining.

With SNL's Dennis Miller roaring his way through presenting duties, Nirvana threatening to play Rape Me after being warned not to, and William Shatner singing Bryan Adams' Everything I Do (I Do It For You), there was a whiff of madness in the air.

Ahead of this year's 26th MTV Movie Awards looming on May 7th, we take a nostalgic look back at the very 90s first show from June 10, 1992...

In hindsight, possibly the most memorable performance on the night came courtesy of Nirvana, who had just exploded on to the scene and were invited to perform despite a bit of a fractious relationship with MTV.

The channel had initially refused to play Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nevermind, but eventually played it on 120 Minutes, their alt-rock show. By the time the MTV Movie Awards came around, however, they wanted the band to play.

Cobain wanted to play Rape Me but MTV refused to allow it, agreeing instead to have the band play Lithium.  As they kicked off their performance, however, they played the first few chords of Rape Me.

"Even though the issue was resolved, the back and forth between their people, our people, us and them, or whoever, it was draining," Krist Novoselic told Seattle Weekly.

Given the ongoing feud between Cobain and Axl Rose, Cobain ended his set by spitting on what he thought was Axl's piano, which was at the front of the stage awaiting his duet with Elton John.

It was actually Elton's piano.

In terms of awards the Seattle band bagged the Best New Artist and Best Alternative gongs but lost Video of the Year for Smells Like Teen Spirit to Van Halen's Right Now.

Other performances on the night included En Vogue with My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It), Vince Neil with You Are Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come), Arrested Development with Tennessee and one hit wonders Ugly Kid Joe with Everything About You.

Here's Guns N' Roses accepting their award and singing November Rain with Elton (let's hope someone wiped his piano clean first):

In terms of the awards themselves, Terminator 2: Judgement Day rightly swept the board, bagging Best Movie, Best Newcomer for Edward Furlong, and Best Male Performance for Arnold Schwarzenegger for his role as a machine with limited understanding of emotion.

Arnie called himself a "super cool guy" and in doing so proved he probably wasn't quite so cool.

The other biggest movies of the year, according to MTV, were Point Break, The Last Boy Scout, The Hard Way, and Backdrafdt.

Linda Hamilton, meanwhile, won Best Female Performance and Most Desirable Female. 

In the latter category she beat Kim Basinger (Final Analysis), Christina Applegate (Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead), Julia Roberts (Dying Young), and Tia Carrere (Wayne's World).

The promo for the category featured lots of shots of actresses in various states of undress/gyrating in a series of forgettable flicks as well as interviews with male co-stars talking about their looks.

Le sigh.

In the male category Keanu Reeves won Most Desirable Male (Point Break) over Christian Slater (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Kevin Costner (Robin Hood: Prince of Theives), Jean Claude Van Damme (Double Impact), and Patrick Swayze (Point Break). 

Here's Keanu's trademark not-very-wordy acceptance speech:

It was also the year of Boyz n the Hood (John Singleton won Best New Filmaker) and the year that Jason Voorhees won the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Rebecca De Mornay (remember her?) bagged Best Villain, meanwhile, for her unsettling turn in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.

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Rebecca De Mornay during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Best on screen duo was awarded to Mike Myers and Dana Carvey for Wayne's World.  Myers was sporting that Celine Dion haircut everyone - male and female - was wearing at the time.

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Mike Myers during 1992 MTV Movie Awards at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

And in the sweetest moment of the night, Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky won Best Kiss for My Girl.  Weirdly Robert De Niro's warped sexual assault on a minor/kiss with Juliette Lewis in Cape Fear also featured in that category.

Bryan Adams' Everything I Do I Do It For You unsurprisingly won Best Song from a movie, and on the night William Shatner sang hte choruses of all the contenders, which also included Addams Groove by MC Hammer, I Wanna Sex You Up (Colour Me Badd), Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven and Guns N' Roses You Could Be Mine.

Here's I Wanna Sex You Up.  It's all kinds of wrong...

Somebody needs to get political and that duty went to Robert Downey Jr who said he was excited to be there because he had an agenda and that was to get young people to vote for either George HW Bush or Bill Clinton... 

"The first thing is I want to ask all the 18-20 year olds about 16 million, who registered to vote but didn't vote in the last election, do just you know, pick whichever guy you distrust the least this time and just show up."

Roll on May 7.

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