Red Hot Chili Peppers Goes from Jokesters to Serious Rock Icons

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were a group of funky punks who could rock and rap when they burst into the music scene in the 1980s.

The party band was not taken seriously, and there was always a worry that they may implode from their own excessive partying. In fact, the band’s original guitarist Hillel Slovak passed away in 1988 from a heroin overdose.

Defying the odds, the group received the Global Icon Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28, 38 years after releasing their self-titled debut.

Their other accomplishments include six Grammy Awards, a 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and eight other VMAs, including the coveted Video Vanguard Award in 2000.