It’s the 40th anniversary of MTV. So, who do you get to intro the VMAs? The queen.
As the MTV Video Music Awards took place last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, it was perfect that the woman who opened the very first VMAs in ’84, with a now legendary performance of Like a Virgin, kicked it all off.
Madonna arrived in classic NYer style in a yellow cab as her voiceover whispered,
“Around 40 years ago, I came to New York City with nothing but $35 and a pair of dance shoes…
I told the taxi driver to take me to the center of it all. He dropped me off in Times Square. I was 19 and terrified, but it was just the first step. I knew that someday, with a lot of hard work, I’d be known not just in New York City, but all over the world.
Forty years ago, another underdog arrived in New York City, hoping to create something revolutionary: an all-music channel premiered in the middle of the night and called itself MTV. We found each other and formed a bond that changed my life, changed music, and created a whole new art form.
That’s why there’s only one place to be tonight.”