If two decades of MTV has brought the world only one thing—the sight of Tony Bennett happily chatting up Kid Rock at the music channel’s 20th-birthday bash in New York City Aug. 1—it would have been worth it.
But there was more. Run DMC rapped with P. Diddy. Former veejay Bill Bellamy danced with the Hanson brothers. TLC, Billy Idol, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith performed. Though Madonna, Michael Jackson and other big names who helped launch the network may have given the party a pass, one guest faced the music amid the sushi and champagne. “I feel really old,” said comedian Janeane Garofalo. “The first time I was on MTV was 1989, and now I’m, like, a middle-aged lady.” (She’s 36.) Others felt right at home. “I already know before I get to any MTV gig, it’s gonna be off the hook,” said singer-actor Tyrese. (If “off the hook” is off your radar—well, you’re ready for VH1.)