The Stars Came Out for the MTV Awards in L.A., but on TV, Sadly, the Glitter Was Frittered
updated 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Oh, celebs like Eric Roberts, Teri Garr, Melanie Griffith were there. But then the show began. Host Arsenio Hall tried in vain to jump-start the audience with a nasty swipe at Lionel Richie and the knock-a-bout with wife Brenda. Later a muddled performance of "Bad" by Michael Jackson was piped in via satellite. INXS, one of the few groups to show up for their (five) awards, temporarily revived the crowd with a rendition of "New Sensation." Guns n' Roses, the rowdy newcomers who copped the Best New Artist Award, extended a spirited "Welcome to the Jungle," and Aerosmith proved they've still got punch. That was it for the evening's inspired moments. More fun than the show was ogling the famous types who blew in. With that in mind, check out the following pages.