The first half of this Onion AV Club column is a terrific retrospective on the beginnings of the grunge era, which have been overhyped by the mythology of grunge that permeates current culture. At the time of Nevermind's release, Michael Jackson's Dangerous was still selling like gangbusters; the grunge album was not heralded as the beginning of a new era; and while Nirvana would win some critical acclaim, they were still third fiddle to GNR and Metallica. The second half just recounts the descent of GNR from the peak of the rock & roll universe, and can be safely ignored. But Read The Whole First Half.
Here's the answer to a trivia question: what video won "Video of the Year" the year "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which routinely is in the top 10 music videos of all time, came out?