Since its inception back in 1989, MTV Unplugged has given some of the biggest names in rock music a chance to strip away the trappings of arena rock bombast and play arrangements of some of their biggest hits in an acoustic setting. From rock legends like Nirvana to pop divas like Mariah Carey, artists from every genre have turned off their amps and tuned up their six strings for an MTV Unplugged performance. In this week’s edition of Time Warp Turntable Jams, take a look at some of the most memorable MTV Unplugged shows ever.
Arguably the most famous MTV Unplugged appearance in the show’s history was the 1993 performance by Nirvana. Recorded just months before lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death, Nirvana took a vastly different approach to MTV Unplugged than most artists. Playing only two of their hits, “Come As You Are” and “All Apologies”, Nirvana instead played stripped down covers from artists like David Bowie, Meat Puppets, and Leadbelly. The show was so well received it was released as an album and DVD set and won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Performance.