Just hours after the Emmy nominations were revealed Thursday, ABC’s Greatest Hits announced the winner of an even more prestigious honor: Beautiful Babe Lifetime Achievement Award. (Got any of those, Judith Light?)
Host Arsenio Hall presented the award to OG video vixen Tawny Kitaen for her work in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Official proof that this actually happened can be found below:
In case you couldn’t already guess, this week’s Greatest Hits paid tribute to the back half of that magical decade known as the ’80s, inviting icons of yesteryear like Wilson Phillips and Chicago to the stage.
Bret Michaels — who, if there’s any justice left in this world, arrived to the show on his Rock of Love bus — got the show started with a little ditty by the name of “Nothing But a Good Time”:
Then came the night’s first collaboration: Aloe Black lending his voice to a performance of Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration,” alongside the legendary rock band:
This was followed by “Higher Love,” a collaboration between Steve Winwood and Miguel:
That’s when ABC brought out the big guns: The ladies of Wilson Phillips — Chynna Phillips, along with Carnie and Wendy Wilson — came together for a crowd-pleasing performance of “Hold On,” the biggest hit of 1990:
(Side note: I’ve completely forgotten the song’s original lyrics, thanks to this arguably superior drag queen parody.)
Next up, Grace Potter worked her raspy magic on Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”:
And Foreigner revived its 1984 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is,” with a little help from fun’s Nate Ruess:
Finally, in honor of Top Gun‘s 30th anniversary, Kenny Loggins brought us back to the “Danger Zone”:
To close out the night, Michaels — god of reality dating shows — descended once again from Mount Olympus for a farewell performance of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”:
You tell us: Which of this week’s Greatest Hits was, well, the greatest? Drop a comment with your pick(s) below.