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MTV celebrates 40th birthday with new Moon Person as Daily News reflects on top music videos of the era

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Music lovers have been saying “I want my MTV” for four decades now. The music-focused TV channel celebrated its 40th birthday Sunday by introducing its new-look design for the Moon Person — the logo that appears atop its annual MTV Video Music Awards trophies — at an event at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. MTV launched on Aug. 1, 1981, as a cable channel that largely focused on broadcasting music videos introduced by a roster of VJs, or video jockeys. MTV’s programming has changed considerably in the years since, with reality series such as “Jersey Shore” taking center stage. In honor of the …

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