Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey mocked their alleged feud by showing up wearing the same dress. They tore off pieces of each other's dress and staged a fake catfight.
Geri Halliwell (Geri Horner) made one of her first public appearances after having left the Spice Girls, presenting Madonna with the Video of the Year Award for "Ray of Light."
A promo for the Nine Inch Nails album "The Fragile" aired during the original broadcast but was deleted from any repeats.
Similar to the Whitney-Mariah moment, Brandy (Brandy Norwood) and Monica performed "The Boy Is Mine" together live to put an end to rumors about their supposed rivalry.
Prior to the event, MTV parodied the controversy regarding the "milw0rm" hacktivist attacks by "hacking" their own website and "spray painting" the words "JF was here," as one of the hackers was known as JF. MTV explained that it was a publicity stunt tied in with appearances by Johnny Fame.