9/9/92 - MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, CA.
“We didn’t wanna play “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” So we came into the rehearsals, we were gonna play two new songs [Rape Me & Tourette’s] that fit into the four minute, twenty second slot. So we practiced those and the Stage Manager said “Oh, OK, as long as it fits.” Then we get a call the next day, MTV says we cannot play unless we play “Smells Like Teen Spirit”… Then they told us that we could get on the show if we played “Lithium” later on in the set. They totally rearranged the whole show.” - Dave Grohl.
During the performance, against MTV’s wishes, Kurt started to play “Rape Me,” but stopped and went right into “Lithium.”
“I’d like to thank my family and our record label and our true fans and.. You know it’s really hard to believe everything you read. Thanks.” - Kurt Cobain.