On Sunday (Aug. 28), Panic! at the Disco is nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. It’s thanks to their debaucherous video for “Victorious,” shot for the their also-very-debaucherous album Death of a Bachelor, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Panic!’s recent work has endeared them to a new generation of teens; a decade ago, they blasted onto the scene with a game-changing debut, whose hot streak peaked with a shocking VMA win.
Flash back to Aug. 31, 2006. The video for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” -- the biggest hit from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out -- was up for four televised awards: Best Rock Video, Best New Artist, Best Group Video, and Video of the Year. The teenaged newcomers from Las Vegas lost the first three, and probably weren’t too confident about topping Madonna and Christina Aguilera in the night’s final round. But then a funny thing happened: