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In September 1984 — three years after MTV: Music Television had kicked into life with British electro-pop duo The Buggles’ appropriately titled 1979 classic “Video Killed the Radio Star” — Madonna strode onto a New York stage for the fledgling channel’s first Music Video Awards.

In so doing, she claimed her place as an ’80s icon with a suggestive performance of “Like a Virgin.” Clad in a lace wedding dress, Madonna presented an enduring symbol that many artists have toyed with in the decades since.

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