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MTV Brings Back Unplugged: Long Live the 90s!

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Mar 30, 2012 | 9:34am EDT

florence and the machineWhat's not to love about the 90s? It was an era that introduced us to the joys of technology and brought us irreplaceable sitcom classics. But most importantly, it served as an excellent decade for music. Boy bands, pop princesses, the explosion of the art of music videos: you name it, the 90s had it. That's why the return of MTV's Unplugged is so exciting. The series is making a comeback and will air eight brand new episodes in 2012.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network plans to kick off the series with a performance by Florence + the Machine on April 8, with The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley also on tap to perform later this spring on VH1 and CMT. And to help create even more fan interest in the series (not that it's really necessary), digital sponsor State Farm will be sending one fan and a friend to each of the eight performances through its State Farm Unplugged Sweepstakes.

"Unplugged has long served as one of the most intimate ways to celebrate music and artistry in its purest state," President of Viacom Music & Logo Group, Van Toffler, said in a statement. "With this new season, kicked off by Florence + the Machine, Unplugged will continue to offer musicians the ability to rearrange classics, strip down their instruments and let their talent shine through on all our screens and across genres for fans to revel in."

Unplugged is an MTV 90s classic, known for showcasing the work of today's top artists and introducing the stars of tomorrow. And now that it's on the rise again, we can't help but notice that a 90s resurgence seems to be sweeping the nation these days.

Boy band mania has returned in full force ever since One Direction started heating up the radio waves. And now there's even talk that a 98 Degrees reunion is underway, sending 20 to 30-year-old-women into a fit of unstoppable swoons. Justin Bieber, who? Plus, Pop Up Video recently made a comeback to VH1; not to mention the return of Nickelodeon classics Figure It Out (which was announced earlier this month) and its The 90s Are All That lineup of classics like Clarissa Explains it All, proving that the '90s really are all that.

Either we've unknowingly stepped into some sort of time warp or the 90s were just so rad that it simply refuses to be forgotten. Whatever the reason, we couldn't be more grateful. Let's keep this nostalgia fix going. Return of Legends of the Hidden Temple, anyone?

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[THR]

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