MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL): The Real Story & Memorable Moments

Total Request Live (more commonly known as TRL) is returning to MTV in the fall of 2017 to the delight of fans who religiously tuned into the show in the late ’90s and 2000s. The program was responsible for launching the careers of numerous pop stars during its 10-year run. A drop in ratings led to its cancellation in 2008 but the show will soon make its comeback. Take a look at some of the show’s history and most memorable moments…

It Didn’t Always Have A Live Studio Audience

It Didn’t Always Have A Live Studio Audience

TRL launched in 1998 not long after MTV opened a studio in Times Square in New York City. Carson Daly (now a Today Show staple) initially introduced videos from an empty set on a program called Total Request. By the fall of 1998, the countdown show became really big and morphed into Total Request Live. The series featured numerous live performances by popular ’90s singers and bands, including Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and Hanson. TRL added a live studio audience in 1999 and hit its peak the following year.