Man, 2002 was a long time ago. Remember then? Neither do we! That’s why we do things like “This Day in Internet History,” in which we look back at what the internet was up to way back when. So let’s look back at August 30, 2002. No, that’s not the same date as today, but it was the day after the VMAs. So, you know, it kind of works. Here’s Billboard.com the day after the 2002 VMAs. Things weren’t too different back then, when Eminem’s “Without Me” took home four statues, than they were last night, when he won the hardware for Best Male Video and Best Hip-Hop Video for “Not Afraid.”
The winners list from 2002 is all over the place. Prepare for some “that was eight years ago!” whiplash.
Best rock video: Linkin Park, “In the End”
Best female video: Pink, “Get the Party Started”
Best R&B video: Mary J. Blige, “No More Drama”
Best hip-hop video: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule, “I’m Real” remix
Best new artist in a video: Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”
Best video from a film: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, “Hero” (from “Spider-Man”)
Viewer’s choice: Michelle Branch, “Everywhere”
Breakthrough video: The White Stripes, “Fell in Love with a Girl”
Yeah, a lot has changed, but Eminem is still rockin’ hoodies.