Venue 1984: It was all about the glitz and glamour of NYC's Radio City Music Hall.
Venue 2013: A little help from Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Brooklyn has never been so chic.
Host 1984: Bette Midler & Dan Aykroyd MC'd the night back in '84. They wore Moon Men costumes, smoked cigarettes onstage and were generally adorable.
Host 2013: We still don't know! Sometimes there's a host, sometimes there's not. Here's to hoping they bring Bette & Dan back for one last hurrah before the show turns 30!
Moon Man 1984: Like the iconic promo that launched the channel in 1981, winners walked away with a trophy cooler and weirder than anyone had ever seen.
Moon Man 2013: Little has changed for the Moon Man throughout the show's 29 years, but this time around, MTV enlisted the help of artist & provocateur, KAWS, to give the little guy a bit of a face lift.
Performers 1984: While some people may have forgotten that Rod Stewart, Huey Lewis & the News and Ray Parker Jr. took the stage that year, Madonna emerging from a cake singing "Like a Virgin" will go down in history as one of the most iconic televised performances ever.
Performances 2013: With more performers set to be announced, we know 3 things for sure: Lady Gaga will open the show, Katy Perry will close, and legions of *NSYNC fans will storm the stadium if the group doesn't reunite on stage for at least 10 seconds.
Winners 1984: Herbie Hancock was the night's big winner, walking away with 5 Moon Men, 3 more than some other guy named Michael Jackson.
Winners 2013: Tune-in on August 25th to find out!