- In the ’90s, MTV was the place to learn about new music, hear your favorite artists, and be briefed on music news.
- During that decade, arguably MTV’s peak, viewers were greeted with faces they trusted: the MTV VJs, or video jockeys.
- Possibly the most famous of all, Carson Daly, has gone on to find mainstream success, but not all have become household names.
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As the classic song “ 1985” goes, there was a day when music was still on MTV. And back in the ’90s, it was on MTV essentially all day long, on shows like “Club MTV,” “MTV Jams,” “Alternative Nation” and “Total Request Live (TRL).”
But it’s been almost 30 years since we entered the ’90s, and our favorite MTV hosts, or VJs, have been up to a lot since then, from thriving film careers to hosting shows of their own on other networks.
Keep scrolling to see what some of the most prominent MTV VJs from the ’90s are up to today.
Celebrity Fashion: Carson Daly hosted “TRL,” or “Total Request Live,” beginning in 1998, essentially becoming the face of MTV.
Daly began hosting “TRL” during its first season, 1998, and for the next five years hosted “TRL,” a countdown show that asked fans to vote for their favorite music videos. Every weekday during the late ’90s, kids would run home, turn on MTV for the 3:30 airing of “TRL,” and fan out for their favorites like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC.
“There were a lot of highs and lows to that,” Daly told Today in 2008. “I’m proud of what we did in New York there after 9/11 — I was part of the team that went back to work right away. We were one of the first productions that went back on air, and we had to really think about what to tell the kids watching ‘TRL.”
Celebrity Fashion: When Daly left MTV, he began hosting a late night show, “Last Call with Carson Daly,” until 2019. He now hosts “The Voice” and is an anchor on “The Today Show.”
Celebrity Fashion: Daisy Fuentes became the first Latina VJ when she joined MTV in 1993.
Fuentes made her first MTV appearance in 1988 on “MTV Internacional,” and then became a fixture on the network. She hosted “TRL” pre-cursor “MTV US Top 20 Countdown” from 1993 to 1996, as well “House of Style” from 1997 to 2002.
Fuentes also hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” from 1998 to 1999, and was a panelist on “Hollywood Squares” from 2001 to 2004.
Celebrity Fashion: Recently, Fuentes hosted “La Voz Kids,” the Spanish-language, kids-focused version of “The Voice.” She also had a clothing line at Kohl’s.
Fuentes, 52, has branched out into many different things over the years, including acting, fashion design, and video games. Starting in 2013, she returned to TV as the host of “La Voz Kids,” which lasted until 2015.
In 2009, she created a Wii game called “Daisy Fuentes Pilates,” which encouraged Wii users to get into pilates. Her Kohl’s line, in 2011, was raking in $300 million per year, according to the New York Times.
Since 2015, Fuentes has been married to musician Richard Marx.
Celebrity Fashion: Pauly Shore joined MTV in 1989, and eventually had his own show, “Totally Pauly.” He also hosted the annual MTV Spring Break parties.
Shore hosted “Totally Pauly” from 1991 to 1993. It focused on Shore’s antics and comedy bits between music videos.
He had his “big break” in 1992 when he starred in the film “Encino Man.” The success inspired four more films in the ’90s starring Shore: “Son In Law,” “In the Army Now,” “Jury Duty,” and “Bio-Dome.”
Celebrity Fashion: Shore was one of the most recognizable faces of the ’90s, but fell off during the new millennium. He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 2003 mockumentary “Pauly Shore Is Dead,” making fun of his perceived failures.
After “Pauly Shore Is Dead,” Shore, 51, stuck with the mockumentary format. He wrote, directed, and starred in 2009’s “Adopted,” which was a mockumentary about Shore traveling to Africa to adopt a child.
Shore recently appeared as himself in an episode of the sitcom “Alone Together.” He also lent his voice to animated series “Liverspots and Astronots” on Facebook Watch.
Celebrity Fashion: Lewis left the spotlight behind for a few years and became a licensed contractor. She currently hosts the reboot of “While You Were Out” on TLC.
Lewis, 46, told Shondaland that she earned a degree in carpentry from the Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 2010, because she was unsatisfied with her life on TV. “I wasn’t happy with the show itself so I felt like my performance was impacted by that. There were some good [episodes], there were some highlights, but for me, it wasn’t what I felt like I signed up for,” Lewis said.
In February 2019 it was announced that she would be the host of the rebooted “While You Were Out,” a home renovation show.
Celebrity Fashion: Bill Bellamy was a frequent presence on MTV, hosting “MTV Beach House,” the VMAs for multiple years, and “MTV Jamz.”
Celebrity Fashion: “Downtown” Julie Brown, or Julie Dorne Brown, hosted “Club MTV” from 1987 to 1992.
Brown first built her career in her native England before crossing the pond to the US and MTV. Her show, “Club MTV,” was dedicated to dance music and freestyle.
Celebrity Fashion: After leaving MTV, Brown appeared on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” in 2003, and now