20 Best MTV VMAs Opening Performances

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Eurythmics (1985)

With the Video Music Awards still in its infancy, the Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's ceremony-opening performance of "Would I Lie To You?" was more a celebration of the music channel itself than an endorsement for their new LP, Be Yourself Tonight. From the onset, you could see all the makings of an award show still working out the kinks — obvious lip-synching, cameramen visibly patrolling the stage and cheesy Eighties video effects. But there was so much eye candy on the Radio City Music Hall stage that the performance still explodes with awesomeness, like the part when the bassist smashed his instrument mid-song.

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