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'TRL' is back — for Halloween! See Carson Daly channel the '90s as MTV host

by Erin Clements / / Source: TODAY

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Remember when crowds of cheering fans assembled outside MTV's Times Square studio in hopes of catching a glimpse of Britney Spears, 'NSYNC or Destiny's Child on "Total Request Live"?

"TRL" was an afternoon ritual for many millennials, who rushed home to catch the daily countdown of music videos, root for their favorite pop stars and watch artists' interviews with Carson Daly, who served as host of the wildly popular show from 1998 to 2002.

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Carson Daly re-creates "TRL" for TODAY's 2016 Halloween celebration.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

In honor of TODAY's Halloween celebration of all things '90s, Daly revisited his old gig to introduce the anchors' costumes re-creating the pop culture moments that defined the decade.

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Carson Daly channels his 'TRL' days for Halloween
Carson, you're taking us down memory lane as the "TRL" host. We forgot about the sideburns and the nose ring!

Of course, there were some crucial style details Daly had to revive to truly evoke the era — such as his '90s sideburns.

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Carson Daly gets ready for the big "TRL" reveal.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

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Carson Daly revives his '90s sideburns.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

And few "TRL" fans could forget Carson's black nail polish. In 2013, Daly revealed that his penchant for dark digits stemmed from his earlier work in alternative rock radio during the grunge movement.

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Carson takes a selfie showing off his nails.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

If that wasn't enough to pique your nostalgia, here's a look back at Carson posing with some familiar faces during his (real) "TRL" days!

MTV TRL: Britney Spears
Britney Spears and Carson Daly on "TRL" in the MTV Studio in New York City in 2002.Getty Images
No Doubt On MTV's Total Request Live In Las Vegas
Carson appears with No Doubt on a 2000 episode of "TRL."Getty Images
MTV TRL: Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin joins Carson Daly in MTV's Times Square Studio in 2000.Getty Images

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