It’s easy to forget that TRL was more than a show where tweens would make their parents drag them to Times Square on a pilgrimage to run their vocals ragged, screaming for their favorite stars. TRL was a defining show for MTV, popular music and kids of a certain generation. It’s also easy to forget the caliber of celebrities that appeared on the show, which ran from 1998-2008. Madonna, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, hell, even Angelina Jolie, they all appeared on the show often. In honor of the new VH1 Rock Doc The TRL Decade, which airs January 29, we’d like to take a look back at the VJ’s who made the show what it was, and the celebrities that came down to 1515 Broadway to hang with them. (We invite you to take a closer look at the photo on the upper left in our gallery — yes, that is indeed Destiny’s Child,Eve, 3LW, and Dream hanging with Carson Daly.) And of course, check out the documentary when it airs on Sunday January 29 at 9:30 pm ET/PT.
MTV’s Total Request Live was a huge part of our youth, and in this clip from the upcoming VH1 Rock DocThe TRL Decade, Carson Daly talks about how important the show was to aspiring musician Lady Gaga, too. Daly explains that during a recent interview with Gaga, she admitted that when she was a teenager, she and her friends went to Times Square with a sign reading “Carson, let me up!” and that seeing so many larger-than-life pop stars on the show is what drove her to become what she is now. Of course now he’s kicking himself for not letting her in.
For more stories like this one, tune in to The TRL Decade on VH1 next Sunday, January 29 at 9:30 pm ET/PT.
VH1 welcomes the return of the Emmy-winning series Rock Docs and the 2011-2012 lineup that the show has in store, starting with the network premiere of Michael Jackson: This Is It on November 7, 2011. In addition, a variety of original, feature-length documentaries will air starting in December, 2011 with The TRL Decade, an in-depth look at the MTV video countdown show that aired from 1998-2008 which will feature interviews with VJ’s like Carson Daly, Vanessa Minnillo, and of course, VH1′s own La La Vasquez. For the full lineup of upcoming Rock Docs, read on. Read more…
Every now and then, somebody needs a little therapy, and ten years ago today, that somebody was Mariah Carey. When the pop diva decided to make a surprise guest appearance on MTV ‘s TRL (Total Request Live), it was already being reported that she was undergoing a tragic mental breakdown, coping with being overworked and recently single, post-breakup with latin singer Luis Miguel. Taking the impromptu entrance as well as anyone could, host Carson Daly couldn’t help but roll with the punches and point out the obvious (“Mariah Carey’s lost her mind!”) as the Glitter-promoting diva erratically moved around the Times Square studio, attempting to hand out popsicles to fans.
The best part? Before removing an over-sized, shamelessly plugging “Loverboy” t-shirt and gifting it to Carson by way of a PG striptease, Mimi pushed the frozen treats into the studio herself and requested that Carson give her a therapy session. No good deed goes unpunished! But don’t worry, underneath her shirt, Mariah revealed a tank top that read “SUPERGIRL” and a pair of teeny-tiny gold shorts that she then requested not get in the shot since they were so, well, short.
Of course, this event forebode the career disaster that was the theatrical release of Glitter (which, it should be noted, opened on 9/11), but as we all know, Mariah was able to turn her life around when The Emancipation of Mimi went multi-platinum a few years later and all was once again well in MC’s world. However, between her random, wild comments, constant running out of breath, and seemingly “medicated” mania, this clip is one to be cherished, even ten years later. And don’t forget, y’all: “If you don’t have ice cream in your life, sometimes you just might go a little bit crazy.” Mimi taught me!