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An MTV
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Video Music Award (commonly abbreviated as a VMA) is an award presented by the cable channel MTV
MTV
to honor the best in the music video medium. Originally conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards (in the video category), the annual MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the " Super Bowl
Super Bowl
for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year.[1] By 2001, the VMA had become a coveted award.[2] The statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV, and was colloquially called a "moonman". However, in 2017 Chris McCarthy, the President of MTV, stated that the statue would be called a "Moon Person" from then on.[3] The statue was conceived by Manhattan
Manhattan
Design—also designers of the original MTV
MTV
logo—based on the 1981 "Top of the Hour" animation created by Fred Seibert, produced by Alan Goodman, and produced by Buzz Potamkin
Buzz Potamkin
at Buzzco Associates. The statue is now made by New York firm, Society Awards.[4] Since the 2006 ceremony, viewers are able to vote for their favorite videos in all general categories by visiting MTV's website.[5] The annual VMA ceremony occurs before the end of summer and held either in late August or mid-September, and broadcast live on MTV, along with simulcasts on MTV's sister networks to nullify in-house competition. The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The ceremonies are normally held in either New York City
New York City
or Los Angeles. However, the ceremonies have also been hosted in Miami and Las Vegas.

Contents

1 Notable moments

1.1 1980s

1.1.1 1984–1989

1.2 1990s

1.2.1 1990–1994 1.2.2 1995–1999

1.3 2000s

1.3.1 2000–2004 1.3.2 2005–2009

1.4 2010s

2 List of ceremonies 3 Award categories

3.1 Current award categories 3.2 Past award categories

4 Ratings 5 Most wins

5.1 Most wins overall 5.2 Most wins in a single night 5.3 Most wins for a single video

6 Performances 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

Notable moments[edit] 1980s[edit]

Radio City Music Hall, site of 11 VMAs, including the first

1984–1989[edit] 1984: At the first MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards in 1984, Madonna performed her hit "Like a Virgin" wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her trademark "Boy Toy" belt. During the performance, she rolled around on the floor, revealing lacy stockings and a garter.[6] Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
spoke in "Exorcist-esque gibberish" to explain the VMA rules right before winning the Best Female video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".[7] David Bowie, The Beatles
The Beatles
and director Richard Lester were rewarded with the first ever Video Vanguard Awards for their work in pioneering the music video. 1987: At the fourth annual MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
won 10 awards, including the Video Vanguard Award and Video of the Year for his video "Sledgehammer", holding the VMA record for most Moonmen in a single night. 1988: At the 1988 Video Music Awards Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
appeared for the first time. A pre-recorded live performance of Bad was shown."[8] He was also awarded the Video Vanguard Award.[9] 1989: Controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay's appearance at the 1989 Video Music Awards to promote his new movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, earned him a "lifetime ban" from the network when he introduced Cher
Cher
with some of his already-notorious nursery rhymes that contained vulgar language and references.[10] After performing with Tom Petty, Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
guitarist Izzy Stradlin
Izzy Stradlin
was assaulted by Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
lead singer Vince Neil, leading to a verbal battle between Neil and Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
lead singer Axl Rose.[11] Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
and Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora
turned out a stripped down acoustic performance of the Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
hits "Wanted Dead or Alive and "Livin' on a Prayer", and in the process possibly provided the inspirational spark for MTV
MTV
Unplugged.[12][13] Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul
was nominated for six awards, picking up four wins. She performed a seven-minute medley of her singles "Straight Up", "Cold Hearted", and "Forever Your Girl".[12] When Madonna won the Viewer's Choice Award (sponsored by Pepsi-Cola) for her "Like a Prayer" video, she thanked Pepsi-Cola in her acceptance speech "for causing so much controversy". Pepsi-Cola had paid Madonna $5 million to appear in a commercial that would predominantly feature the world premiere of "Like a Prayer"; the commercial, titled "Make a Wish", depicted Madonna drinking Pepsi
Pepsi
and watching a home video of her eighth birthday. The tone that the commercial sought to convey sharply contrasted with the music video. When Pepsi
Pepsi
executives saw the video, they yanked the advertisement after only two airings, in an attempt to dissociate themselves from Madonna.[14] She also gave one of the most memorable performances of her hit "Express Yourself", as a preview of what would become her Blond Ambition World Tour.[12] 1990s[edit] 1990–1994[edit] 1990: At the 1990 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, Madonna gave a memorable performance of her single "Vogue," which featured Madonna and her dancers dressed in an 18th-century French theme, with Madonna bearing great resemblance to Marie Antoinette. The performance consisted of both a dramatic 18th-century reinterpretation of "Vogue" as well as her dramatically becorseted breasts.[15] 1991: During the award show the MTV
MTV
Video Vanguard Award was renamed to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from then on, in honor of his contributions to the culture of music videos[16] by changing them from a mere promotional tool featuring musicians playing instruments and singing, to a "short film" with a storyline. His video "Thriller" influenced and changed music videos into what it is like today.[17] A conflict between Poison's Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels
and C.C. DeVille
C.C. DeVille
culminated in a fistfight at the Video Music Awards in 1991. DeVille was fired and replaced by Pennsylvanian guitarist Richie Kotzen.[18] Paul Reubens had his first public appearance following an arrest for lewd-conduct earlier that year. Taking the stage in costume as Pee-wee Herman, he received a standing ovation, after which he asked the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?"[19] Prince & The New Power Generation performed their sexually charged song "Gett Off" on a Caligula-esque set, with Prince dressed in a yellow mesh outfit which infamously exposed his buttocks. His trousers were parodied numerous times throughout the following year, on In Living Color & even on the next year's VMAs by Howard Stern. It also marked the last TV appearance of Kiss with Eric Carr, before Carr's death that November. 1992: In the 1992 show, MTV
MTV
requested Nirvana perform "Smells Like Teen Spirit", while the band itself had indicated it preferred to play new songs "Rape Me" and "tourette's". Network executives continued to push for "Teen Spirit" but finally offered the band a choice to play either "Teen Spirit" or "Lithium", which the band appeared to accept. At the performance, Nirvana began to play, and Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
played the first few chords of the song, "Rape Me", much to the horror of MTV execs, before continuing their regular performance of "Lithium". Near the end of the song, frustrated that his amp had stopped functioning, bassist Krist Novoselic
Krist Novoselic
decided to toss his bass into the air for dramatic effect. He misjudged the landing, and the bass ended up bouncing off of his forehead, forcing him to stumble off the stage in a daze.[citation needed] Backstage, before the show, Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
vocalist Axl Rose
Axl Rose
challenged Cobain to a fight after he, his wife and Hole frontwoman, Courtney Love, and Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic
Krist Novoselic
and Dave Grohl, egged him on. At the end of Nirvana's performance, while Cobain was trashing the band's equipment, Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
ran to the microphone and shouted "Hi, Axl! Where's Axl?" repeatedly. Guns N' Roses' video for the ballad "November Rain" won the MTV
MTV
Video Music Award for best cinematography. During the show, the band performed "November Rain" with singer Elton John. Because of the dispute Rose had with Cobain, moments before the "November Rain" performance, Cobain spat on the keys of what he thought was Axl's piano. Cobain later revealed that he was shocked to see Elton John
Elton John
play on the piano he had spat on.[8] During the commercial break, the Alien 3 Pepsi
Pepsi
commercial was shown. Radio shock-jock Howard Stern appeared as Fartman, Stern's radio super-hero, wearing a buttocks-exposing costume obviously inspired by Prince's outfit the year before. Stern was a presenter for best hard rock/metal performance with actor Luke Perry (after several other celebrities turned him down).

Madonna has presented several controversial performances in the show's history.

1993: At the 1993 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, Madonna opened the show in a gender-bending performance of her song "Bye Bye Baby," in which Madonna and her two back up singers, dressed in tuxedos and top hats, danced with women in corsets in a choreographed, highly sexual routine.[20] RuPaul
RuPaul
and Milton Berle, who had had conflicts backstage, presented an award together. When Berle touched RuPaul's breasts, RuPaul
RuPaul
ad-libbed the line "So you used to wear gowns, but now you're wearing diapers."[20] Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
presented the Best R&B Video award with Dr. Dre and George Clinton. At the time, Snoop was wanted in connection with the week old drive-by murder of an L.A. gang member.[20] 1994: At the 1994 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards on September 8, months after a profanity-laced appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Madonna was announced to present the award for Best Video of the Year. She came out, arm-in-arm with an unannounced David Letterman, to a wild ovation. At the microphone, Letterman told her "I'll be in the car. Watch your language," and left.[21] Recently betrothed couple Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Lisa Marie Presley received a standing ovation as they walked on stage hand-in-hand. After turning to the audience and proclaiming, "And just think, nobody thought this would last," Jackson grabbed Presley and kissed her.[22][23] 1995–1999[edit] 1995: At the 1995 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, Hole perform the song "Violet" from their major-label debut album Live Through This. This was one of the first major televised performances given by frontwoman Courtney Love
Courtney Love
following the death of her husband Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
and the death of her band's bassist Kristen Pfaff
Kristen Pfaff
in 1994. Before beginning the song, Love dedicated the performance to her husband and multiple people in the entertainment industry who had recently died: "This is for Kurt, and Kristen, and River, and Joe, and today Joni Abbott, this is for you." Abbott worked in the Talent Relations department at MTV and had recently committed suicide.[24] The song ended with Love throwing her guitar, knocking the microphone stand into the crowd and pushing over speaker-boxes with bandmate Eric Erlandson
Eric Erlandson
before exiting the stage.[25] Love also caused a stir when she interrupted a post-ceremony interview with Kurt Loder and Madonna by throwing her make-up compacts at the singer as they broadcast outside the awards venue.[26] Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
performed for over fifteen minutes to a medley of his main songs, including "Scream", and danced his signature moves, including the robot, moonwalk and the relatively unknown "Bankhead Bounce". While Slash accompanied Jackson and played guitar on "Black or White and the beginning of Billie Jean."[27] This performance was voted by the public as the Best VMA Pop Performance and Most Iconic VMA Performance in 2011 with more than half the votes.[28][29] TLC was the big winner of the night winning four awards, including "Viewer's Choice", "Best Group Video", and "Video of the Year". 1996: On September 4, at the 1996 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, the four original members of Van Halen
Van Halen
received 20-second standing ovation when they made their first public appearance together since their break-up in April 1985. Backstage, after presenting an award to Beck, the reunion soured bitterly, and reportedly, David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth
and Eddie Van Halen nearly came to blows.[citation needed] Several weeks later, the public learned that Van Halen
Van Halen
would not reunite with Roth. Roth released a statement apologizing to fans, stating that he was an unwitting participant in a publicity stunt to sell more copies of the greatest hits album, Best Of Vol. 1, and that he had been led to believe that he was rejoining Van Halen. The following day, Eddie and Alex Van Halen
Van Halen
released a statement, stating that they had been honest with Roth, and never led him to believe that he had been re-hired.[citation needed] Oasis performed "Champagne Supernova", with lead vocalist Liam Gallagher making rude gestures at brother Noel as he was playing his guitar solo, then spitting beer all over the stage before storming off.[30] Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
performed "Your House", a hidden track from her bestseller album "Jagged Little Pill". The performance had nothing to do with her 1995 one. The beginning and the ending of the song were sung a cappella, while the rest was played with only one guitar on stage. At the end Morissette was close to tears.[citation needed] The recently reunited Kiss closed the show with a special concert aired from the Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bridge.[31] 1997: In 1997, Pat Smear
Pat Smear
announced that he was leaving Foo Fighters halfway through their performance and presented his replacement, Franz Stahl, who had been a member of the band Scream with Dave Grohl.[32] Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
released his debut album No Way Out, featuring the successful tribute single "I'll Be Missing You", dedicated to the recently murdered Notorious B.I.G.
Notorious B.I.G.
The song featured Puff Daddy, Biggie's widow Faith Evans
Faith Evans
and R&B group 112. The song sampled the melody of The Police's hit song "Every Breath You Take." All these artists performed the song with former Police vocalist Sting.[33] The odd pairing of presenters Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart
and Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
that year drew much talk in the press,[33] with a fair amount of commentary regarding their good on-screen chemistry, despite coming from wildly different backgrounds. They presented the best dance video award to the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
for their music video "Wannabe," who wore a black strap on their left arms as a sign of grief because of Diana, Princess of Wales's death prior to the event. While accepting the MTV
MTV
Video Music Award for Best New Artist Video that year for "Sleep To Dream", Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple
appealed to her audience not to be enamored of celebrity culture. She proclaimed, "this world is bullshit" and quoted Maya Angelou, saying "go with yourself." Though her comments were generally greeted with cheers and applause at the awards ceremony, the media backlash was huge. Some considered her remarks to be hypocritical, seeing a contradiction between her appearance in a risqué music video in only her underwear and her telling young women to ignore celebrity culture. However she was unapologetic: "When I have something to say, I'll say it."[33][34][35] Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson
performed the song "The Beautiful People", as the grand finale, and the video for this song was nominated for "Best Rock Video" and "Best Special
Special
Effects", marking one of the most significant performances for the band.[36] 1998: In 1998, after Green Day
Green Day
won a "Moon Man" Trophy at the MTV Music Awards, drummer of the band Tré Cool famously climbed the Universal Globe at Universal Studios, but escaped with no punishment, only compliments and cheers. Cool is one of the only two people ever to do so, the other being Jai Brooks. At the 1998 VMA's, Brandy and Monica performed "The Boy Is Mine" together live for the first time, putting an end to the media speculation that the two were rivals.[37] During the original broadcast of the show, a commercial faded in the Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
NIN logo on a black screen while playing a combination of music that started as a solo piano piece and morphed into an electronic/industrial beat (which would later found out to be the songs "La Mer" and "Into the Void," which share many melodic components and can be considered variations on a theme) and ended with Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
screaming "Tried to save myself, but myself kept slipping away" and the word "ninetynine" in the trademark NIN reversed-N font. This was only shown once during the original broadcast, was edited out of all repeats, and generally seen as a sign that the long-awaited follow-up to The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral
would be released early in 1999. Work was continued on the album through the first half of 1999, and Nine Inch Nails performed the title track "The Fragile" off the double-CD at 1999 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards almost one year to the day of the "ninetynine" commercial. It can be found as an Easter Egg
Easter Egg
or on the "Beneath The Surface" menu on the live NIN DVD And All That Could Have Been.[citation needed] Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
attended the event, one of her first public appearances since she left the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
in May. She presented the Video of the Year award to Madonna for "Ray of Light.[38] Actress Rose McGowan, who had arrived with then-boyfriend Marilyn Manson, was wearing a see-through dress, no bra, and a thong,[39] while Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
and Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
poked fun at their rumored rift by wearing lookalike chocolate brown dresses by Vera Wang. In an attempt to outdo each other, the singers tore off pieces of their dresses to reveal minidresses then staged a faux catfight that left the audience in disbelief. "People thought Whitney and I had some kind of beef," explained Carey.[40] 1999: Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim
showed up at the 1999 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards with an entire breast exposed and only a tiny piece of fabric over the nipple. Kim's outfit became even more controversial later when she appeared on stage with Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
and Diana Ross
Diana Ross
to present the Best Hip-Hop Video award, and Ross reached over, cupped her hand under Kim's exposed breast and jiggled it while Kim laughed.[41] During the following acceptance speech by the Beastie Boys, group member Ad-Rock
Ad-Rock
addressed the instances of rape and sexual assault that occurred in the crowd at the recent Woodstock 1999
Woodstock 1999
concert event. He pleaded to other musicians in the room to make a change in the way they treat fans at concerts; to pledge to talk with promoters and security to ensure "the safety of all the girls and the women who come to our shows."[42] Afeni Shakur
Afeni Shakur
and Voletta Wallace, the mothers of the recently slain Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
and The Notorious B.I.G., met for the first time at the ceremony.[43] Britney Spears
Britney Spears
made her debut appearance on the show, performing her single "...Baby One More Time" and later introducing NSYNC
NSYNC
for "Tearin' Up My Heart." TLC won Best Group Video for "No Scrubs", receiving a standing ovation from the audience and artists. For the second year in a row, the Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys
took the Viewer's Choice Award for "I Want It That Way", a song they performed during the broadcast. Before presenting the final award, a group of drag queens paid tribute to Madonna wearing her most iconic outfits with a medley of her hit songs. Madonna herself then appeared onstage and remarked, "All I have to say is that it takes a real man to fill my shoes." She then introduced Paul McCartney, who presented the Video of the Year to "some guy called Laurence Hill" (Lauryn Hill). 2000s[edit] 2000–2004[edit] 2000: At the 2000 Video Music Awards, Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit
won the award for Best Rock Video. As vocalist Fred Durst
Fred Durst
spoke, Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford
Tim Commerford
climbed onto the scaffolding of the set. Durst egged Commerford on, saying "Stage dive, dude" and "Take a dive," finally ending his speech with "and [Commerford]'s a pussy 'cause he won't jump." Commerford and his bodyguard were sentenced to a night in jail. RATM vocalist Zack de la Rocha
Zack de la Rocha
reportedly left the awards after Commerford's stunt. RATM guitarist Tom Morello
Tom Morello
recalled that Commerford related his plan to the rest of the band before the show, and that both de la Rocha and Morello advised him against it immediately after Bizkit was presented the award.[44][45] Eminem
Eminem
performed his two singles "The Real Slim Shady" and "The Way I Am". The performance began with Eminem's single "The Real Slim Shady" which started outside the Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
on 6th Avenue, Manhattan. Eminem
Eminem
continued his performance into the arena and was followed by a hundred Eminem
Eminem
'clones' wearing white tank tops and baggy jeans with dyed bleach blonde hair.[46] Britney Spears
Britney Spears
performed "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and her hit "Oops!... I Did It Again", which gained media attention mostly due to Spears' ripping off a tuxedo to reveal skin-colored performance attire. At performance’s end, VMA co-host Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans
proclaimed, "Girl done went from ’The Mickey Mouse Club’ to the strip club."[47] At the end of Christina Aguilera's performance, Durst walked onstage and performed part of his band's song "Livin' It Up" with Aguilera. After eliciting charged reactions from his fans, Durst stated: "I already told you guys before, I did it all for the nookie, man."[48] The feud died weeks later. Aguilera denied Durst's statement, saying Durst "got no nookie."[49] Aguilera and Spears disproved rumors of a rivalry when they came onstage, holding hands, and introduced Whitney Houston. Houston, who had been targeted by the media for erratic behavior, canceled appearances, drug use rumors and being busted for carrying marijuana at a Hawaii airport just a few months prior, came out to a standing ovation and introduced an award to Eminem
Eminem
with husband Bobby Brown, who was recently released from jail. Houston showed more erratic behavior, jumping up and down saying "free" in reference to Brown's recent jail release. Aaliyah
Aaliyah
would win two MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film for Try Again.[citation needed] 2001: At the 2001 Video Music Awards, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
performed her single, "I'm a Slave 4 U." Along with dancing in a very revealing outfit, the performance featured the singer in a cage with a tiger and briefly dancing with a live albino Burmese Python
Burmese Python
on her shoulders. The inclusion of a tiger and a snake in the performance bought a great deal of criticism from PETA.[47][50] U2 had been set to perform a medley including "Elevation", "Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." The riser they were performing on lost power and MTV
MTV
had to cut to several minutes of promos while everything was set up again. They lost power again and finally the band was lowered to the ground and performed without the riser. Lead singer
Lead singer
Bono
Bono
made reference after the performance that MTV "forgot to pay the electricity bill."[51] Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
made a surprise appearance at the end of 'N Sync's performance of "Pop", and, surrounded by members of the group, performed some of his trademark dance moves to Justin Timberlake's beatboxing.[51] The show paid tribute to the R&B singer/actress Aaliyah, who was supposed to present an award but died the weekend before from a small plane crash. U2 paid tribute to Punk-Rock
Punk-Rock
singer Joey Ramone, who died of lymphoma 4 months before.[52][53] 2002: In 2002, the VMAs took place on Michael Jackson's birthday, and as a tribute, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
introduced him saying she "considered him the artist of the millennium." Jackson said, "When I was a little boy growing up in Indiana if someone told me I'd be getting 'the artist of the millennium award,' I'd have never believed it."[54] A year later, at the 2003 VMAs, this was parodied by presenters Fred Durst
Fred Durst
and Jack Black, with Durst stating that Black was the "funniest man alive."[47][55] The Hives
The Hives
and The Vines both performed on the night after the sudden garage rock revival during the year, with rumors spreading around that it was to be 'battle of the bands' performance. Once The Hives performed, singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist
said to the crowd "I know you want us to play more, but that's all the time we have for so you can turn off [your TV] now",[56] just before The Vines came on the bigger stage to perform their hit single "Get Free", ultimately destroying their set after their performance. Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
appeared and had a confrontation with Eminem. Eminem
Eminem
had a confrontation with Moby, who had called the rapper's music misogynistic and homophobic. By that time, there were various boos from the crowd. The Best Male Video award was given to Eminem
Eminem
right after the confrontation with Triumph and Moby, and when Eminem
Eminem
went to stage to pick up the award, in the middle of his speech, he challenged Moby
Moby
to fight if he continued to boo him.[57] Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
made his solo performance debut on the show, performing his single "Like I Love You". Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the surviving members of the top-selling R&B trio TLC, made their first television appearance since the death of bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.[57] Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
shocked the audience by wearing a revealing outfit and heavy make-up, with a sexual image contrasting her previous good-girl persona.[58] She was part of an awkward moment at the awards when presenting the Best Male Video Award to Eminem, who had insulted her in 2000.[59] Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
won her first award ever as Best New Artist in a Video, getting the record for the youngest artist so far to win this award at the age of 17. She kicked off the 2002 VMAs with a "Complicated" / "Sk8er Boi" pre-show performance and together Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley
they gave the award for Best Female Video to P!nk
P!nk
who was under the effects of alcohol during her acceptance speech.[57] Axl Rose
Axl Rose
unveiled the new lineup of New Guns N' Roses. The band's set was the show's finale, and although the performance was meant to be kept a secret, some New York radio outlets announced the performance earlier in the day. The band played a set consisting of "Welcome to the Jungle", "Madagascar", and "Paradise City".[60] 2003: At the 2003 Video Music Awards, Madonna portrayed a groom kissing her brides, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
and Christina Aguilera, on stage. The gender role-reversal and lesbian theme instantly made front-page headlines. The three singers performed a medley of her early hit, "Like a Virgin", and her then latest release, "Hollywood", with a guest rap by Missy Elliott. A quick camera cut to the reaction of Justin Timberlake, who dated Spears until 2002, also gained media attention.[61] The design resembled Madonna's performance of "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 VMAs: the same wedding cake set, wedding dresses and "Boy Toy" belt worn by Madonna in 1984 now adorned Aguilera and Spears.[62] Beyoncé
Beyoncé
made an unusual entrance, descending upside down from the rafters at Radio City Music Hall. Knowles performed "Baby Boy" as she was gently lowered to the stage, dressed in harem pants. She was later joined by Jay Z
Jay Z
as they performed their duet "Crazy in Love." The performance marked Knowles' solo debut.[63] 2004: The 2004 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards were held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. This was the first time the awards show was held outside of New York City
New York City
and Los Angeles. It was the first video music awards to not have a host.[64] 2005–2009[edit] 2005: At the 2005 show, Green Day
Green Day
returned, taking home the Best Rock Video, Best Group Video, and Video of the Year Moonmen for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," which they performed during the broadcast. They also took the Viewer's Choice award for "American Idiot." Also at the show, while introducing the reggaeton spot, Fat Joe
Fat Joe
made a disparaging comment about G-Unit: "I'd like to tell the people home I feel so safe tonight with all this police protection courtesy of G-Unit..." Later in the show, after G-Unit's performance, 50 Cent directed profanities at Fat Joe
Fat Joe
which were edited out before the shows airing although some broadcasts played the uncensored version of the show.[65] R. Kelly
R. Kelly
performed his rap opera, "Trapped in the Closet."[66] Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
caused a stir when she appeared barely dressed to introduce Mariah Carey.[67] Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
won best dressed female and male and received prizes to donate to a charity of their choice.[68] The 2005 VMAs were the first to have a performance in Spanish, when Shakira, performed her single "La Tortura" with Alejandro Sanz. It was also the first time that Spanish videos were nominated at the awards.[66] Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
performed a high energy version of her song "Since U Been Gone" barefoot wearing a torn up halter top and Capri pants. Clarkson moved through the crowd during the performance, which culminated in the singer getting sprayed with water. By the end of the song, she and a portion of the audience were soaking wet.[69] Beavis and Butt-head
Beavis and Butt-head
appeared in several Viewer's Choice award skits, saying to "Vote to put Beavis and Butt-head
Beavis and Butt-head
back on MTV!".[70] Rather belatedly, the TV show returned to MTV
MTV
in 2011. 2006: Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
opened the 2006 Video Music Awards performing his singles "My Love" and "SexyBack". The awards were distributed evenly across all genres, as hip-hop, pop and rock artists alike all won Moonmen. 2006 was also the first time that viewers voted for all the performer's categories (Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Group Video, among others, except professional categories).[71] When Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco
won Video of the Year for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", a man calling himself Sixx jumped onstage claiming that MTV
MTV
had denied him his own TV show.[71] Hosted by Jack Black, there were also performances by Shakira
Shakira
with Wyclef Jean, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
and The Killers. 2007: The 2007 Video Music Awards was opened by Britney Spears performing her comeback single "Gimme More". Spears failed to live up to the pre-show hype about her appearance. She appeared to be intoxicated, with poor lip-syncing and dancing, and showing off an out-of-shape physique after reportedly tossing aside her costume, appearing wearing only a black, sparkly bra and panty set.[72][73] The performance was dubbed "career crippling".[41] Kid Rock
Kid Rock
and Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee
were involved in an altercation during Alicia Keys's performance. Lee was sitting with magician Criss Angel
Criss Angel
when the two went to visit Diddy, who was sitting close to Kid Rock. Kid Rock allegedly punched Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee
in the face. The two were broken up, and both were escorted from the resort. Angel was removed a short time later.[74] 2008: The 2008 Video Music Awards were opened by Britney Spears
Britney Spears
which welcomed everybody to the 25-year anniversary of the Video Music Awards. Rihanna
Rihanna
opened the show with her song "Disturbia" in a black leather outfit . After 16 nominations, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
finally won her first VMA, taking Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year for "Piece of Me", considered as Spears' comeback.[75] Host Russell Brand
Russell Brand
commented on Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, begging the audience to vote for him. Brand called President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
a "retarded cowboy" and claimed Bush "wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors in Britain."[76] Russell Brand
Russell Brand
also made comments on the Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers
for wearing purity rings. Brand later faced criticism for his swipes at the trio. He confirmed his apology at the MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards 2009 by saying "I upset the Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers
last year, I had to say sorry to them and they forgave me. They had to, they're Christians." During her introduction of T.I.
T.I.
and Rihanna's performance, Jordin Sparks, who also wears a purity ring, defended the boy-band by saying "It's not bad to wear a promise ring because not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut." Sparks was in turn criticized for implying that those who do not wear purity rings or do not abstain are promiscuous.[77]

West taking the microphone from Swift at the 2009 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards.

2009: At the 2009 Video Music Awards, country singer Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
won Best Female video for "You Belong with Me." During her acceptance speech, rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
unexpectedly showed up on stage. Taking the microphone from Swift, he announced "Yo Tay, I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé
Beyoncé
had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!"[78][79] MTV
MTV
cut away from the stage (showing Beyoncé
Beyoncé
with an embarrassed look) after West gave the microphone back to Swift and giving the middle finger to the audience as they started booing him off stage, and so Swift did not finish her speech. West was removed for the rest of the show. However, when Beyoncé
Beyoncé
won Video of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," she called Swift back on stage to "have her moment" (finishing her speech from winning Best Female Video). In an off-the-record portion of an interview the following day, President Barack Obama called West a "jackass" for his antics.[80] During a post-interview, Jay-Z
Jay-Z
admitted West was wrong to go on stage, but he thought people were overreacting to the incident.[81] Madonna opened the show talking about her experiences with Michael Jackson. After her speech, a Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
tribute commenced, including Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
performing the duet "Scream". The show closed with a sneak preview of Michael Jackson's This Is It
Michael Jackson's This Is It
movie.[82] Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
later performed her song "Paparazzi" and shocked the audience when she appeared to bleed out on stage. It was actually a contraption in her outfit.[83] Beyoncé
Beyoncé
performed her song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" with over two dozen female dancers dancing with her.[84] P!nk
P!nk
performed her single "Sober" while doing a trapeze act during the entire performance while singing live. Rapper Lil' Mama jumped on stage as Jay Z
Jay Z
and Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
performed "Empire State of Mind."[85] Lil' Mama later apologized.[86] During an interview with New York Radio DJ Angie Martinez, Jay-Z
Jay-Z
said that he thought the unrehearsed move was something similar to the West and Swift incident.[86] Beyoncé, Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
and Green Day
Green Day
were the big winners of the night, with three awards each.[84] 2010s[edit] 2010: At the 2010 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
performed her song "Innocent", while West performed "Runaway" with Pusha T
Pusha T
giving a stellar performance on the MPC2000.[87] Eminem, who performed at the show, did not receive his awards in person, as he had to leave immediately to perform with Jay Z
Jay Z
at The Home & Home Tour in New York City the next day.[88] Additionally, will.i.am's "blackface" outfit sparked controversy among African-Americans.[89] Florence + the Machine performed "Dog Days Are Over".[90] Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
won eight awards, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Pop Video for "Bad Romance"; she also won Best Collaboration for "Telephone" with Beyoncé. Upon accepting her Video of the Year award, Gaga wore a dress made entirely of raw meat, which drew criticism from PETA.[91] Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
won Best New Artist, making him the youngest person to ever win a VMA.[92] Overall, the show grabbed 11.4 million viewers—the largest audience for an MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards since 2002, and until 2011's new record.[93] 2011: The 2011 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards returned to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. In the entire history of the show, this was the third time no host was appointed, although Kevin Hart, who would receive the position a year later, delivered an opening monologue. The tribute to Britney Spears
Britney Spears
included performances by young talents, who danced to various hit singles by Spears including "...Baby One More Time" and "Till the World Ends". After the tribute, Lady Gaga went onstage to present Britney the Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award.[94] While accepting her award she and Gaga (dressed as her alter ego Joe Calderone) teased a kiss. Spears rejected the exchange saying, "I've done that already", referring to her liplock with Madonna at the 2003 show.[95] During Kanye West
Kanye West
and Jay Z's surprise performance of "Otis", a man attempted to rush the stage but was quickly taken off by security.[96] Katy Perry
Katy Perry
and Kanye West
Kanye West
won the Award for Best Video for a Collaborative Single. As they went onstage to receive the award, Perry made a reference to West's incident with Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
two years back. This was the first award Perry won in four years of being nominated.[97] Prior to her performance, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
announced on the red carpet that she and husband Jay Z
Jay Z
were expecting a baby. Straight after Beyoncé finished performing her song "Love on Top", she also revealed again that she was pregnant by showing off her baby bump and rubbing it. That evening, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
set the record for the most mentions on Twitter per second (with 8,868) and helped this year's VMAs become the most-watched broadcast in MTV
MTV
history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers.[98] A tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
also took place; Russell Brand delivered a monologue on his thoughts on her, after which Tony Bennett previewed his collaboration with her for his album Duets II. Afterwards, Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
performed "Valerie" in her honor.[99] Katy Perry
Katy Perry
won three awards including Video of the Year for "Firework", and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
won two awards, including the new category Best Video With a Message for "Born This Way".[100] 2012: The 2012 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
on September 6, 2012. One Direction was the big winner of the night receiving Best New Artist, Best Pop Video, and Most Share Worthy Video. Rihanna
Rihanna
won the Video of the Year Award for "We Found Love". The awards ceremony was the least-watched VMA show since 2007. The major contributing factor was moving the broadcast date to Thursday instead of Sunday, the day MTV
MTV
been using since 2004 with the exception in 2006. MTV
MTV
also moved up the telecast to 8pm instead of 9pm, to avoid competing with President Barack Obama's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
2012 Democratic National Convention
and this was early for MTV's targeted young audience.[101]

The standing inflatable KAWS moonman at the 2013 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards.

2013: For the show's 30th anniversary, MTV
MTV
redesigned its moon-man statue[102] for one year only due to the ceremony's being held in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
for the first time. Brooklyn
Brooklyn
artist KAWS used Michelin Man
Michelin Man
as inspiration to redesign the image of the renowned MTV
MTV
moon-man. Barclays Center, which served as the venue for the 2013 show, was decorated also by KAWS, themed around the resigned moon-man. The 2013 VMAs also marked the fourth time in the award show's history that a host had not been appointed for the annual event.[103] Lady Gaga opened the ceremony, performing her single "Applause". During the performance, Gaga changed three times on stage and gave a tribute to her past eras (The Fame, The Fame
The Fame
Monster and Born This Way). At the end, Gaga came on stage wearing nothing but a seashell bikini. Miley Cyrus' performance of her song "We Can't Stop" featured the former child star entering the stage through a giant teddy bear wearing a one-piece bodice with a teddy bear styled on it. The singer performed with a group of back-up dancers dressed as giant bears before singer Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
joined Cyrus on stage to perform his song "Blurred Lines". Cyrus then stripped down to a flesh colored bikini and proceeded to perform her signature twerking dance moves, simulating sex with Thicke and groping his genitals with a giant foam finger.[104] The flabbergasted reactions of several celebrity audience members, including Rihanna
Rihanna
and members of One Direction, also gained attention in the media.[105] Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" won Video of the Year, making him the first male solo artist to win this category since Eminem
Eminem
in 2002 with "Without Me". Timberlake also became the second artist to be honored with the Video Vanguard Award and win Video of the Year in the same night since Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
in 1987. To celebrate his Video Vanguard Award, Timberlake performed a 15-minute medley performance, which included a mini reunion with his former band NSYNC.[106] The set list of the most watched performance of the night[107] included hit singles from his first four solo albums, such as "Cry Me a River", "SexyBack" and "Suit & Tie". 2014: The 2014 show was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" and got a young homeless man named Jesse to accept the award on her behalf. His speech was a call-to-action to help raise awareness to the homeless youth of America.[108] Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
suffered a wardrobe malfunction during her performance of "Bang Bang" with Jessie J
Jessie J
and Ariana Grande, that left her clutching her black dress.[109] Beyoncé
Beyoncé
closed the show by performing a 16-minute medley of her self-titled fifth studio album. After the performance, her husband Jay Z
Jay Z
and daughter Blue Ivy presented the Video Vanguard Award to her.[110]

The redesigned moonman by Jeremy Scott at the 2015 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards.

2015: The 2015 show was hosted by Miley Cyrus. American fashion designer Jeremy Scott redesigned the year's "moonman", marking the second time that the statue had been transformed.[111] Taylor Swift joined Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
on stage during Minaj's opening number. After performing together, Swift and Minaj shared a hug onstage, ending rumors of a feud between the two.[112] Swift won four awards, including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood".[113] She presented the Video Vanguard Award to Kanye West, who ended his acceptance speech by claiming that he will run for president in 2020.[114] Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda" and ended her acceptance speech by passing the show back to Cyrus, saying: "And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, What's good?"[115] Minaj was referring to Cyrus' comments about how she handled "Anaconda" being snubbed for a Video of the Year nomination. Cyrus appeared stunned by Minaj's remarks and replied, "We're all in this industry. We all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate shit. Nicki, congratu-fuckin-lations."[115] The camera then cut back to Minaj who seemed to mouth back the word "bitch."[115] Cyrus closed the show by performing along with a group of drag queens who participated on RuPaul's Drag Race.[116] 2016: The 2016 show was held at the Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in Manhattan.[117] Rihanna
Rihanna
performed four times during the show, including opening and closing the ceremony. After her final performance, Rihanna
Rihanna
was presented the Video Vanguard Award by Drake, who confessed "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old."[118] While accepting her award, Drake leaned in for a kiss that Rihanna
Rihanna
dodged.[119] Britney Spears
Britney Spears
returned to perform at the VMAs for the first time since her heavily criticized performance at the 2007 show.[119] Kanye West
Kanye West
gave a seven-minute long speech covering various topics, including his feud with Taylor Swift.[120] Beyoncé
Beyoncé
performed a 16-minute medley of her Lemonade album and won eight awards, including Video of the Year for "Formation".[119][121] She became the most awarded artist in VMA history with 24 moonmen, surpassing Madonna's previous record of 20.[121] The telecast saw a drop in audience for third year in a row.[122] 2017: The 2017 show was hosted by Katy Perry. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
won six awards, including Video of the Year for "Humble", and Pink was honored with the Video Vanguard Award.[123] Jared Leto
Jared Leto
paid tribute to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, who both died over the past three months.[124] The music video for Taylor Swift's song "Look What You Made Me Do" premiered during the broadcast.[123] Compared to the previous year, viewership was down from 6.5 million to 5.4 million viewers, making it the lowest viewed VMAs since Nielsen started measuring the show in 1994.[125] Logic performed his song "1-800-273-8255" along with Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
and Khalid. Their stage was outlined with survivors of suicide loss and attempts, who wore T-shirts that had the phone number on the front and the phrase "You Are Not Alone" written on the back. During their performance, Logic gave a speech about thanking the audience for giving him a platform to talk about the issues "that mainstream media doesn't want to talk about: mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression."[126] He further added, "I don't give a damn if you're black, white, or any color in between. I don't care if you're Christian, you're Muslim, you're gay, you're straight — I am here to fight for your equality, because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight."[126] Following the performance, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline experienced a 50% increase in calls.[126] List of ceremonies[edit]

Year Date Venue Host City Host[127] Video of the Year Winner Ref.

1984 September 14 Radio City Music Hall New York City Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
and Bette Midler "You Might Think" by The Cars (Directed by Jeff Stein and Charlex) [128]

1985 September 13 Eddie Murphy "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley (Directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino) [129]

1986 September 5 The Palladium, Gibson Amphitheatre New York City, Los Angeles MTV
MTV
VJs: "Downtown" Julie Brown, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and Dweezil Zappa "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits (Directed by Steve Barron) [130]

1987 September 11 Gibson Amphitheatre Los Angeles MTV
MTV
VJs: "Downtown" Julie Brown, Carolyne Heldman, Dweezil Zappa
Dweezil Zappa
and Kevin Seal "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel (Directed by Stephen R. Johnson) [131]

1988 September 7 Arsenio Hall "Need You Tonight" / "Mediate" by INXS (Directed by Richard Lowenstein) [132]

1989 September 6 "This Note's for You" by Neil Young (Directed by Julien Temple) [12]

1990 September 6 "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor (Directed by John Maybury) [133]

1991 September 5 "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. (Directed by Tarsem Singh) [18]

1992 September 9 UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Dana Carvey "Right Now" by Van Halen (Directed by Mark Fenske) [134]

1993 September 2 Gibson Amphitheatre Christian Slater "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam (Directed by Mark Pellington) [20]

1994 September 8 Radio City Music Hall New York City Roseanne Barr "Cryin'" by Aerosmith (Directed by Marty Callner) [22]

1995 September 7 Dennis Miller "Waterfalls" by TLC (Directed by F. Gary Gray) [27]

1996 September 4 "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins (Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) [30]

1997 September 4 Chris Rock "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai (Directed by Jonathan Glazer) [33]

1998 September 10 Gibson Amphitheatre Los Angeles Ben Stiller "Ray of Light" by Madonna (Directed by Jonas Åkerlund) [135]

1999 September 9 Metropolitan Opera House New York City Chris Rock "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill (Directed by Big TV!) [43]

2000 September 7 Radio City Music Hall Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans
and Shawn Wayans "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem (Directed by Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and Philip Atwell) [136]

2001 September 6 Metropolitan Opera House Jamie Foxx "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa
Mýa
and P!nk featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (Directed by Paul Hunter) [51]

2002 August 29 Radio City Music Hall Jimmy Fallon "Without Me" by Eminem (Directed by Joseph Kahn) [58]

2003 August 28 Chris Rock "Work It" by Missy Elliott (Directed by Dave Meyers) [137]

2004 August 29 American Airlines Arena Miami N/A "Hey Ya!" by OutKast (Directed by Bryan Barber) [138]

2005 August 28 Sean "Diddy" Combs "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (Directed by Samuel Bayer) [66]

2006 August 31 Radio City Music Hall New York City Jack Black "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco (Directed by Shane Drake) [71]

2007 September 9 Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas N/A "Umbrella" by Rihanna
Rihanna
featuring Jay-Z (Directed by Chris Applebaum) [139]

2008 September 7 Paramount Studios Los Angeles Russell Brand "Piece of Me" by Britney Spears (Directed by Wayne Isham) [140]

2009 September 13 Radio City Music Hall New York City "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyoncé (Directed by Jake Nava) [84]

2010 September 12 Nokia Theatre Los Angeles Chelsea Handler "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga (Directed by Francis Lawrence) [141]

2011 August 28 N/A "Firework" by Katy Perry (Directed by Dave Meyers) [142]

2012 September 6 Staples Center Kevin Hart "We Found Love" by Rihanna
Rihanna
featuring Calvin Harris (Directed by Melina Matsoukas) [143]

2013 August 25 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York City N/A "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake (Directed by Floria Sigismondi) [144]

2014 August 24 The Forum Inglewood "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus (Directed by Terry Richardson) [145]

2015 August 30 Microsoft Theater Los Angeles Miley Cyrus "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
featuring Kendrick Lamar (Directed by Joseph Kahn) [146]

2016 August 28 Madison Square Garden New York City N/A "Formation" by Beyoncé (Directed by Melina Matsoukas) [117]

2017 August 27 The Forum Inglewood Katy Perry "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar (Directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homie) [147]

Award categories[edit]

Current award categories[edit]

Video of the Year Artist of the Year Best New Artist (awarded as Best New Artist in a Video from 1984 to 2006, Artist to Watch from 2013 to 2015) Best Pop Video Best Rock Video Best Hip-Hop Video Best Dance Video (awarded as Best Dancing in a Video in 2008, Best Dance Music Video in 2010, Best Electronic Dance Music Video in 2012, MTV
MTV
Clubland Award in 2014, and Best Electronic Video in 2016) Best Collaboration (awarded as Most Earthshattering Collaboration in 2007) Best Fight Against the System (awarded as Best Video with a Message from 2011 to 2012 and Best Video with a Social Message from 2013 to 2015) Best Direction Best Choreography Best Visual Effects (awarded as Best Special
Special
Effects from 1984 to 2011) Best Art Direction Best Editing Best Cinematography Song of Summer Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (lifetime achievement award)

Past award categories[edit]

Special
Special
Recognition Award (1984-1986) Best Overall Performance in a Video (1984–1987) Most Experimental Video (1984–1987; replaced by Breakthrough Video) Best Concept Video (1984–1988) Best Stage Performance in a Video (1984–1989) Best Post-Modern Video (1989–1990; replaced by Best Alternative Video) Best Alternative Video (1991–1998) Best Artist Website (1999) Best Video from a Film (1987–2003) International Viewer's Choice (1989–2003; awards for individual regions were created and eliminated in different years) Best R&B Video (1993–2006) Best Rap Video (1989–2006) MTV2
MTV2
Award (2001–2006) Viewer's Choice (1984–2006) Best Video Game Soundtrack (2004–2006) Best Video Game Score (2006) Ringtone of the Year (2006) Best Group Video (1984–2007; awarded as Best Group in 2007) Quadruple Threat of the Year (2007) Monster Single of the Year (2007) Best UK Video (2008) Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) (2009) Breakthrough Video (1988–2005, 2009–2010) Most Share-Worthy Video (2012) Best Latino Artist (2010–2013) Best Lyric Video (2014) Breakthrough Long Form Video (awarded as Best Long Form Video in 1991) (1991, 2016) Best Male Video (1984–2016; replaced by Artist of the Year) Best Female Video (1984–2016; replaced by Artist of the Year)

Ratings[edit] Ratings are not available prior to 1994 because MTV
MTV
was not subscribing to Nielsen Media Research's program ratings prior to 1994.[148] The field "Cumulative viewers" shows the audience of the live simulcasts of the ceremony across many Viacom
Viacom
Media Networks channels as a whole.

Year Day[148] Time Date Households Rating[148] Households Share[148] MTV
MTV
Viewers[148] (in millions) Cumulative Viewers (in millions)

1994 Thursday 8:00–11:25pm September 8, 1994 4.1 N/A 5.36 N/A

1995 Thursday 8:00–11:00pm September 7, 1995 3.7 7 6.33 N/A

1996 Wednesday 8:00–11:00pm September 4, 1996 3.6 6 5.07 N/A

1997 Thursday 8:00–11:00pm September 4, 1997 5.2 9 7.47 N/A

1998 Thursday 8:00–11:13pm September 10, 1998 5.8 10 8.94 N/A

1999 Thursday 8:00–11:13pm September 9, 1999 8.0 14 11.94 N/A

2000 Thursday 8:00–11:09pm September 7, 2000 6.5 11 9.85 N/A

2001 Thursday 8:00–11:26pm September 6, 2001 6.6 11 10.76 N/A

2002 Thursday 8:00–11:17pm August 29, 2002 6.6 11 11.95 N/A

2003 Thursday 8:00–11:03pm August 28, 2003 6.4 11 10.71 N/A

2004 Sunday 8:00–11:11pm August 29, 2004 6.3 11 10.32 N/A

2005 Sunday 8:00–11:23pm August 28, 2005 5.0 8 8.01 N/A

2006 Thursday 8:00–11:28pm August 31, 2006 3.6 6 5.77 N/A

2007 Sunday 9:00–11:12pm September 9, 2007 4.0 7 7.08 N/A

2008 Sunday 9:00–11:20pm September 7, 2008 5.0 8 8.43[149] N/A

2009 Sunday 9:00–11:21pm September 13, 2009 7.5 8 8.97[150] N/A

2010 Sunday 9:00–11:15pm September 12, 2010 10 8 11.40[151] N/A

2011 Sunday 9:00–11:27pm August 28, 2011 10.8 N/A 12.40[152] N/A

2012 Thursday 8:00–10:00pm September 6, 2012 2.8 N/A 6.13[153] N/A

2013 Sunday 9:00–11:28pm August 25, 2013

7.8

N/A

10.1[154]

N/A

2014 Sunday 9:00–11:13pm August 24, 2014

4.2

N/A

8.3[155]

10.3[156]

2015 Sunday 9:00–11:37pm August 30, 2015 N/A N/A

5.03[157]

9.8[158]

2016 Sunday 9:00–11:54pm August 28, 2016 N/A N/A

3.3[159]

6.5[160]

2017 Sunday 8:00–11:05pm August 27, 2017 N/A N/A

2.66[161]

5.36[161]

Most wins[edit] Most wins overall[edit]

Artist Years Number of awards[a] Awarded work[162]

Beyoncé 2003–16 24 "Crazy in Love" (3); "Naughty Girl" (1); "Check on It" (1); "Beautiful Liar" (1); "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (3); "Run the World (Girls)" (1); "Countdown" (1); Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award; "Pretty Hurts" (2); "Drunk in Love" (1); "7/11" (1); "Hold Up" (1); Lemonade (1); "Formation" (6)

Madonna 1986–99 20 Video Vanguard Award; "Papa Don't Preach" (1); "Express Yourself" (3); "Like a Prayer" (1); "Vogue" (3); The Immaculate Collection (1); "Rain" (2); "Take a Bow" (1); "Ray of Light" (5); "Frozen" (1); "Beautiful Stranger" (1)

Lady Gaga 2009–11 13 "Paparazzi" (2); "Poker Face" (1); "Bad Romance" (7); "Telephone" (1); "Born This Way" (2)

Peter Gabriel 1987–94 "Sledgehammer" (9); Video Vanguard Award; "Steam" (2); "Kiss That Frog" (1)

R.E.M. 1989–95 12 "Orange Crush" (1); "Losing My Religion" (6); "Everybody Hurts" (4); Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award

Eminem 1999–14 "My Name Is" (1); "The Real Slim Shady" (2); "Without Me" (4); "Lose Yourself" (1); "We Made You" (1); "Not Afraid" (2); "Rap God" (1)

Justin Timberlake 2003–13 11 "Cry Me a River" (2); "Rock Your Body" (1); "What Goes Around... Comes Around" (1); "Let Me Talk
Talk
to You/My Love" (1); Male Artist of the Year; Quadruple Threat of the Year; Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award; "Suit & Tie" (1); "Mirrors" (2)

Green Day 1998–09 "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (1); "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (6); "American Idiot" (1); "21 Guns" (3)

Aerosmith 1990–98 10 "Janie's Got a Gun" (2); "The Other Side" (1); "Livin' on the Edge" (1); "Cryin'" (3); "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (1); "Pink" (1); "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (1)

Fatboy Slim 1999–01 9 "Praise You" (3); "Weapon of Choice" (6)

Janet Jackson 1987–95 "Nasty" (1); "The Pleasure Principle" (1); "Rhythm Nation" (1); Video Vanguard Award; "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (1); "If" (1); "Scream" (3)

A-ha 1986 8 "Take On Me" (6); "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (2)

Michael Jackson 1984–95 "Thriller" (3); Video Vanguard Award; "Leave Me Alone" (1); "Scream" (3)

Red Hot Chili Peppers 1992–06 "Give It Away" (2); "Under the Bridge" (1); Best Artist Website; "Californication" (2); Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award; "Dani California" (1)

'N Sync 2000–01 7 "Bye Bye Bye" (3); "Pop" (4)

Kendrick Lamar 2015–17 "Alright" (1); "HUMBLE." (6)

Taylor Swift 2009–17 "You Belong with Me" (1); "I Knew You Were Trouble" (1); "Blank Space" (2); "Bad Blood" (2); "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (1)

The Smashing Pumpkins 1996 "Tonight, Tonight" (6); "1979" (1)

Jay-Z 1999–14 "Can I Get A..." (1); "99 Problems" (4); "Empire State of Mind" (1); "Drunk in Love" (1)[b]

P!nk 2001–17 "Lady Marmalade" (2); "Get the Party Started" (2); "Stupid Girls" (1); "Just Give Me a Reason" (1); Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award

Beck 1996–97 6 "Where It's At" (1); "Devils Haircut" (2); "The New Pollution" (3)

Rihanna 2007–16 "Umbrella" (2); "Live Your Life" (1); "We Found Love" (1); "This Is What You Came For" (1), Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award

Coldplay 2002–16 "Trouble" (1); "The Scientist" (3); "Paradise" (1); "Up & Up" (1)

Britney Spears 2008–11 "Piece of Me" (3); "Womanizer" (1); "Till the World Ends" (1); Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

U2 1987–01 "With or Without You" (1); "When Love Comes to Town" (1); "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (2); "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (1); Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Video Vanguard Award

Paula Abdul 1987–89 5 "Nasty" (1, as choreographer); "Straight Up" (4)

Bruce Springsteen 1985–94 "I'm on Fire" (1); "We Are the World" (2); "Dancing in the Dark" (1); "Streets of Philadelphia" (1)

Gnarls Barkley 2006–08 "Crazy" (2); "Smiley Faces" (1); "Run" (2)

Missy Elliott 2003–06 "Work It" (2); "Lose Control" (2); "We Run This" (1)

Herbie Hancock 1984 "Rockit" (5)

Don Henley 1985–90 "The Boys of Summer" (4); "The End of the Innocence" (1)

INXS 1988 " Need You Tonight
Need You Tonight
/ Mediate" (5)

Ricky Martin 1999 "Livin' la Vida Loca" (5)

Nirvana 1992–94 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (2); "In Bloom" (1); "Heart-Shaped Box" (2)

No Doubt 1997–04 "Don't Speak" (1); "Hey Baby" (2); "It's My Life" (2)

OutKast 2001–04 "Ms. Jackson" (1); "Hey Ya!" (4)

Katy Perry 2011–14 "Firework" (1); "E.T." (2); "Wide Awake" (1); "Dark Horse" (1)

TLC 1995–99 "Waterfalls" (4); "No Scrubs" (1)

The White Stripes 2002–08 "Fell in Love with a Girl" (3); "Seven Nation Army" (1); "Conquest" (1)

Most wins in a single night[edit]

Artist Year Number of awards Awarded work

Peter Gabriel 1987 10 "Sledgehammer" (9); Video Vanguard Award (for Gabriel)

a-ha 1986 8 "Take On Me" (6); "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (2)

Lady Gaga 2010 "Bad Romance" (7); "Telephone" (1)

Beyoncé 2016 "Hold Up" (1); Lemonade (1); "Formation" (6)

The Smashing Pumpkins 1996 7 "Tonight, Tonight" (6); "1979" (1)

Green Day 2005 "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (6); "American Idiot" (1)

R.E.M. 1991 6 "Losing My Religion" (6)

Madonna 1998 "Ray of Light" (5); "Frozen" (1)

Fatboy Slim 2001 "Weapon of Choice" (6)

Kendrick Lamar 2017 "HUMBLE." (6)

Herbie Hancock 1984 5 "Rockit" (5)

INXS 1988 "Need You Tonight/Mediate" (5)

Beck 1997 "The New Pollution" (3); "Devils Haircut" (2)

Ricky Martin 1999 "Livin' La Vida Loca" (5)

Most wins for a single video[edit]

Artist Year Number of awards Music video

Peter Gabriel 1987 9 "Sledgehammer"

Lady Gaga 2010 7 "Bad Romance"

a-ha 1986 6 "Take On Me"

R.E.M. 1991 "Losing My Religion"

The Smashing Pumpkins 1996 "Tonight, Tonight"

Fatboy Slim 2001 "Weapon of Choice"

Green Day 2005 "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

Beyoncé 2016 "Formation"

Kendrick Lamar 2017 "HUMBLE."

Herbie Hancock 1984 5 "Rockit"

INXS 1988 " Need You Tonight
Need You Tonight
/ Mediate"

Madonna 1998 "Ray of Light"

Ricky Martin 1999 "Livin' La Vida Loca"

Performances[edit]

Year Performers (chronologically)

1984

Rod Stewart Madonna Huey Lewis and the News David Bowie Tina Turner ZZ Top Ray Parker, Jr.

1985

Eurythmics David Ruffin
David Ruffin
& Eddie Kendrick & Hall & Oates Tears for Fears John Cougar Mellencamp Pat Benatar Sting Eddie Murphy

1986

Robert Palmer The Hooters The Monkees 'Til Tuesday INXS Van Halen Mr. Mister Simply Red Whitney Houston Pet Shop Boys Tina Turner Genesis

1987

Los Lobos Bryan Adams The Bangles Bon Jovi Crowded House Madonna Whitesnake Whitney Houston The Cars David Bowie Prince Cyndi Lauper Run-D.M.C.
Run-D.M.C.
(feat. Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler
& Joe Perry)

1988

Rod Stewart Jody Watley Aerosmith Elton John Depeche Mode Crowded House Cher The Fat Boys (feat. Chubby Checker) Guns N' Roses INXS

1989

Madonna Bobby Brown Def Leppard Tone-Loc The Cult Paula Abdul Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
& Richie Sambora The Cure Cher The Rolling Stones Axl Rose
Axl Rose
& Tom Petty
Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers

1990

Janet Jackson Mötley Crüe MC Hammer INXS Sinéad O'Connor New Edition (feat. Bobby Brown) Faith No More Phil Collins 2 Live Crew World Party Aerosmith Madonna

1991

Van Halen C+C Music Factory Poison Mariah Carey EMF Paula Abdul Queensrÿche LL Cool J Metallica Don Henley Guns N' Roses Prince and The New Power Generation

1992

The Black Crowes Bobby Brown U2 & Dana Carvey Def Leppard Nirvana Elton John Pearl Jam Red Hot Chili Peppers Michael Jackson Bryan Adams En Vogue Eric Clapton Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
& Elton John

1993

Madonna Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
(feat. John Paul Jones) Sting Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum
& Peter Buck
Peter Buck
& Victoria Williams Aerosmith Naughty By Nature R.E.M. Spin Doctors Pearl Jam The Edge Janet Jackson

1994

Aerosmith Boyz II Men The Smashing Pumpkins The Rolling Stones Green Day Beastie Boys Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble & Leningrad Cowboys Salt-n-Pepa Tom Petty
Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers Snoop Doggy Dogg Stone Temple Pilots Bruce Springsteen

1995

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(feat. Slash) Live TLC R.E.M. Red Hot Chili Peppers Bon Jovi, Alanis Morissette Hootie & the Blowfish Hole Green Day White Zombie

1996

The Smashing Pumpkins The Fugees (feat. Nas) Metallica LL Cool J Neil Young Hootie & the Blowfish Alanis Morissette Bush The Cranberries Oasis Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Kiss

1997

Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
(feat. Faith Evans, 112, Mase & Sting) Jewel The Prodigy The Wallflowers
The Wallflowers
(feat. Bruce Springsteen) Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim
& Da Brat & Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott
& Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes & Angie Martinez U2 Beck Spice Girls Jamiroquai Marilyn Manson

1998

Madonna Pras
Pras
(feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Mýa, Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean
& Canibus) Hole Master P
Master P
(feat. Silkk Tha Shocker, Mystikal
Mystikal
& Mia X) Backstreet Boys Beastie Boys Brandy & Monica Dave Matthews Band Marilyn Manson Brian Setzer Orchestra

1999

Kid Rock
Kid Rock
(feat. Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry & Joe C.) Lauryn Hill Backstreet Boys Ricky Martin Nine Inch Nails TLC Fatboy Slim Jay-Z
Jay-Z
(feat. DJ Clue & Amil) Britney Spears
Britney Spears
& 'N Sync Eminem
Eminem
& Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
& Snoop Dogg

2000

Janet Jackson Rage Against the Machine Sisqo (feat. Dru Hill) Britney Spears Eminem Red Hot Chili Peppers 'N Sync Nelly Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
(feat. Fred Durst) Blink-182

2001

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
(feat. Ja Rule) Linkin Park
Linkin Park
& The X-Ecutioners Alicia Keys 'N Sync
'N Sync
(feat. Michael Jackson) Daphne Aguilera Jay-Z Staind Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott
(feat. Nelly
Nelly
Furtado Ludacris
Ludacris
& Trina) U2 Britney Spears

2002

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
& the E Street Band Pink Ja Rule
Ja Rule
& Ashanti & Nas Shakira Eminem P. Diddy (feat. Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, Pharrell
Pharrell
& Usher) Sheryl Crow The Hives The Vines Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(feat. Clipse) Guns N' Roses

2003

Madonna (feat. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
& Missy Elliott) Good Charlotte Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
(feat. Redman & Dave Navarro) 50 Cent
50 Cent
(feat. Snoop Dogg) Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
(feat. Method Man
Method Man
& 50 Cent) Coldplay Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(feat. Jay Z) Metallica

2004

Usher Jet Hoobastank Yellowcard Kanye West
Kanye West
(feat. Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan
& Syleena Johnson) Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& The East Side Boyz Ying Yang Twins Petey Pablo Terror Squad (feat. Fat Joe) Jessica Simpson Nelly
Nelly
(feat. Christina Aguilera) Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(feat. Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
& Stevie Wonder) The Polyphonic Spree OutKast

2005

Green Day Ludacris
Ludacris
(feat. Bobby Valentino) MC Hammer Shakira
Shakira
(feat. Alejandro Sanz) R. Kelly The Killers P. Diddy & Snoop Dogg Don Omar Tego Calderón Daddy Yankee Coldplay Kanye West
Kanye West
(feat. Jamie Foxx) Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
(feat. Jadakiss
Jadakiss
& Jermaine Dupri) 50 Cent
50 Cent
(feat. Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep
& Tony Yayo) My Chemical Romance Kelly Clarkson

2006

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(feat. Timbaland) The Raconteurs Shakira
Shakira
& Wyclef Jean Ludacris
Ludacris
(feat. Pharrell
Pharrell
& Pussycat Dolls) OK Go The All-American Rejects Beyoncé T.I.
T.I.
(feat. Young Dro) Panic! at the Disco Busta Rhymes Missy Elliott Christina Aguilera Tenacious D The Killers

2007

Britney Spears Chris Brown (feat. Rihanna) Linkin Park Alicia Keys Timbaland
Timbaland
(feat. Nelly
Nelly
Furtado, Sebastian, Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson
& Justin Timberlake)

2008

Rihanna Jonas Brothers Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
(feat. Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
& T-Pain) Paramore Pink T.I.
T.I.
(feat. Rihanna) Christina Aguilera Kanye West Katy Perry Kid Rock
Kid Rock
(feat. Lil Wayne) The Ting Tings LL Cool J Lupe Fiasco

2009

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
& This Is It back-up dancers Katy Perry
Katy Perry
& Joe Perry Taylor Swift Lady Gaga Green Day Beyoncé Muse Pink Jay-Z
Jay-Z
& Alicia Keys

2010

Eminem
Eminem
(feat. Rihanna) Justin Bieber Usher Florence and the Machine Taylor Swift Drake (feat. Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
& Swizz Beatz) B.o.B
B.o.B
& Paramore
Paramore
(feat. Bruno Mars) Linkin Park Kanye West

2011

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
(feat. Brian May) Jay Z
Jay Z
& Kanye West Pitbull (feat. Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
& Nayer) Adele Chris Brown Beyoncé Young the Giant Bruno Mars Lil Wayne

2012

Rihanna
Rihanna
(feat. ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky
& Calvin Harris) Pink Frank Ocean One Direction Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
& 2 Chainz Green Day Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(feat. Nicki Minaj) Taylor Swift

2013

Lady Gaga Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
& Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
(feat. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz
& Kendrick Lamar) Kanye West Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(feat. 'N Sync) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert & Jennifer Hudson) Drake Bruno Mars Katy Perry

2014

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
& Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
& Jessie J Taylor Swift Sam Smith Usher (feat. Nicki Minaj) Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea
(feat. Rita Ora) 5 Seconds of Summer Maroon 5 Beyoncé

2015

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
& Taylor Swift Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz) The Weeknd Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato
(feat. Iggy Azalea) Justin Bieber Tori Kelly Pharrell
Pharrell
Williams Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots
& ASAP Rocky Miley Cyrus

2016

Rihanna Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
(feat. Nicki Minaj) Future Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas
(feat. Ty Dolla $ign) Beyoncé Britney Spears
Britney Spears
(feat. G-Eazy) The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers
(feat. Halsey)

2017

Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(feat. Lil Uzi Vert) Julia Michaels Shawn Mendes Lorde Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony
(feat. Gucci Mane) Miley Cyrus Demi Lovato Pink Kyle Alessia Cara Logic (feat. Khalid & Alessia Cara) Thirty Seconds to Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars
(feat. Travis Scott) DNCE
DNCE
& Rod Stewart Katy Perry
Katy Perry
(feat. Nicki Minaj)

See also[edit]

MTV
MTV
Asia Awards MTV
MTV
Europe Music Awards MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards Japan MTV
MTV
Video Music Brasil

Notes[edit]

^ On its "Biggest Winners" list, MTV
MTV
only recognizes the wins the artists have as a lead act, not as a featured act. ^ For the 2014 ceremony, MTV
MTV
counted featured artists as nominees for the first time so far.

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