The Good Old VMA Days

Hard to forget!

As I mentioned on my previous post.. I honestly feel like the VMA’S are just going down every year.
The 2014 VMA’S were completely boring and full of nothing. I mean no offense, but they sucked.
I promised one of my fans that there was going to be a part 2.
(I do not know if this what he is expecting, but here I go.)

For all the young crowd out there who think all these new artists are the ones contributing to the Video Music Awards, well, I just have to let you know that you are all wrong.
We need to go back in time and see the actual beginning of the VMA’S and the artists who helped and made this popular award show what it is now days. (Minus the performers we see on TV, of course)
The reason I say this is ’cause very often people forget about the performers who helped MTV and the VMA’S evolved in time and creation.

VMA History

An MTV Video Music Award (commonly abbreviated as a VMA) is an award presented by the cable channel 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 Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the “Oscars for youth.”

The statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV. The statue was conceived by Manhattan Design, also designers of the original MTV logo—based on the 1981.

Moon Man Statue - VMA Award
Moon Man Statue – VMA Award

First Ever MTV Video Music Award Show

The fist VMA show took place in 1984. The MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 14th, 1984.

The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at The Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Herbie Hancock was the night’s biggest winner, taking home five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, who won three. The night’s main award, though, went to The Cars for “You Might Think,” making this the first of a very small number of times in which the winner of Video of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.

In terms of nominations, Hancock’s “Rockit” and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” were the year’s most nominated videos, with each receiving eight nominations apiece. Meanwhile, the most nominated artist of 1984 was Cyndi Lauper, who aside from winning the Best Female Video Moonman received nine nominations that year for two of her videos: six for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and three for “Time After Time.”

Cindy Lauper wins Best Female Video “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – VMA’S 1984

Cindy did actually have fun while accepting her VMA.

The funny fact about the first ever VMA Music award ceremony was that it featured an opening act by a new rookie, catchy and different sexy girl, who had everyone talking about and was starting her career as a performer and who later became the biggest selling artist of all time and an icon in Pop Music.
That girl was: Madonna.

Madonna opens the first ever VMA Awards, performing “Like a Virgin” – VMA’S 1984

Hard to believe? not really.
I guess it was meant to be.

Madonna’s success played a huge part with MTV, the station was brand new and Madonna was hungry for fame and attention.

Michael Jackson was another performer who contributed tremendously to the station and the award show.
I can easily say both the King and the Queen of Pop made MTV what it is now days, since the station was featuring their music videos that caused controversy and were very often banned by the station.
(In Madonna’s case specially)

Michael Jackson – VMA’S 1995

Michael’s medley was an amazing performance.

Other performers throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s included George Michael, Prince, The Police, Phil Collins, Cher, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Jamiroquai, Whitney Houston and many more.
Tina Turner performers “What’s Love Got To Do With It” – VMA’S 1984

This is was one of my favorite songs of all time.

George Michael – VMA’S 1989

Madonna presents George Michael with the Vanguard Video Award.

It will be hard to list all the performers and winners for the past 30 years the MTV Video Music Awards have been handed out. However let’s continue with this Chronological Music trip.
Are you having fun? or is it confusing you?
I know I am going back and forth but once again you are on my site and we are doing a music Flashback.
Ok, let’s move on.

Then… the 1990’s came in

In the 1990’s; the VMA’S were more popular than ever. Thanks to all the artists and videos played throughout the 1980’s. Both the station and the award show were already a mega-sensation.

Baby sister Janet, was not going to stay behind.. oh no. Just like the big brother, she was also going to conquer the pop charts.
She was also a huge influence for young female artists now days.

Janet Jackson performs “Black Cat” – VMA’S 1990

Jackson was a true Pop icon pioneer. I love this woman.

Time to Vogue

Madonna performs Vogue – VMA’S 1990

Madonna really showed the audience a preview of her Marie Antoinette.

Whitney Houston performs “I Will Always Love You” – VMA’S 1994

Such a powerful voice. Howe can we forget this one.

TLC performs “Crazy, Sexy, Cool” – VMA’S 1996

Go TLC. Forever in my mind.

What about Virtual Insanity – Remember Jamiroquai… Wasn’t the video amazing?
of course, they won Video of Year in 1997.

This performance was embedded in my head for years.

Quicker than a “Ray of Light”  – Video of the year 1998

Madonna wins 6 VMA’S in one night – The highest in VMA history.

Queen of the VMA’S – VMA’S 1999

Madonna gets the standing ovation, as usual.

Now, that is what I call good VMA’S. Just classic hits.
Don’t you think?
I hope I am not boring you, and if I am well, just stop reading this post. ‘Cause there is more…



1. Madonna: “Like a Virgin” (1984) Madonna kicked off the inaugural VMAs with a sultry (read: controversial) performance of “Like a Virgin,” in which she dressed up in a wedding gown and proceeded to roll around the stage.

2. Bon Jovi: “Wanted Dead or Alive” / “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1989) Rock group Bon Jovi slowed things down considerably in 1989, when they performed a mellow, unplugged melody of their hits “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The surprisingly quiet renditions of their rock anthems won loud cheers from both the audience and viewers watching at home.

Such a nice record. Good times.

3. Madonna: “Vogue” (1990) In 1990, Madonna wowed the crowd with an epic, period piece take on her hit single “Vogue.” This time, she managed to keep it clean – by Madonna’s standards, anyway.

4. Michael Jackson: Medley (1995) Michael Jackson confirmed he will always be the King of Pop in 1995, when the late music icon performed a 10-minute medley of his best songs. Along for the ride: guitarist Smash and, of course, the Moonwalk.

5. Puff Daddy feat. Sting, Faith Evans: “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997) Puff Daddy brought former Police frontman Sting and Faith Evans on stage in 1997 for an emotional performance of “I’ll Be Missing You,” which paid tribute to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

This performance brings back old memories, lost of nostalgia.

6. Britney Spears: “I’m A Slave 4 U” (2001) How do you keep an audience on its toes? Why, perform with a giant snake, of course. Which is exactly what Britney Spears did in 2001 during her sexy and admittedly dangerous performance of “I’m A Slave 4 U.”

Hot Performance.

7. Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera: “Like a Virgin” and “Hollywood” (2003) Madonna paid homage to her 1984 performance 19 years later with another controversial take on “Like a Virgin,” during which she locked lips with fellow-performers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

After 20 years of her opening act… Madonna shocks the audience once again.

8. Beyonce Knowles: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” (2009) Knowles had the crowd on their feet when she gave a rousing performance of “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” in which she recreated the video’s now-famous choreography before 20-plus backup dancers.

9. Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi” (2009) Lady Gaga took performance to a whole new level with her 2009 performance of “Paparazzi,” which concluded dramatically when her on-stage character hung herself.

Great stage production.

10. Beyonce Knowles: “Love on Top” (2011) Knowles’ light and breezy performance of “Love on Top” hit a high note at the very end, when she dropped her mic, opened her jacket and rubbed her new baby bump in front of millions of viewers, one of which included then-papa-to-be Jay-Z.


The MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year is the most prestigious and final award handed out at the yearly MTV Video Music Awards.

The only multiple winners of this award are Rihanna, with her wins for “Umbrella” in 2007 and “We Found Love” in 2012, as well as Eminem having won in 2000 for “The Real Slim Shady”, and in 2002 for “Without Me”.
Eminem is also the most nominated act in this category, having been nominated six times (in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010).

Madonna, meanwhile, is the most nominated female solo artist in this category, with nominations in 1989, 1990, 1998, and 2006 and a victory for “Ray of Light” in 1998. She is also the only artists with the most wins in VMA history – A total of 22 wins.
Finally, U2 is the most nominated group in this category, with four nominated videos in three years (1987, 1988, and 2001) and no wins.

Chris Brown and Rihanna perform – VMA’S 2007.

American acts have won the award more than any other nationality though award-winning videos have also been performed by musicians originating from the United Kingdom four times, from Barbados twice and from Australia, Canada, and Ireland once. Rihanna is also the youngest solo artist to win the award with her win in 2007 at the age of 19.
The coveted award has not gone to a Rock, R&B, Acid jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, or an Electronic dance artist until 1984, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2012. The current holder is Justin Timberlake for the video “Mirrors”. Timberlake is the first male solo winner since 2002.

1984      The Cars, “You Might Think”
1985      Don Henley, “The Boys of Summer”
1986      Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”
1987      Peter Gabriel, “Sledgehammer”
1988      INXS, “Need You Tonight/Mediate”
1989      Neil Young, “This Note’s for You”
1990      Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U”
1991      R.E.M, “Loosing My Religion”
1992      Van Halen “Right Now”
1993      Pearl Jam, “Jeremy”
1994      Aerosmith, “Cryin'”
1995      TLC, “Waterfalls”
1996      Smashing Pumpkins, “Tonight, Tonight”
1997      Jamiroquai, “Virtual Insanity”
1998      Madonna, “Ray of Light”
1999      Lauryn Hill, “Doo Woop (That Thing)”
2000      Eminem, “The Real Slim Shady”
2001      Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim’, Mya & Pink, f/ Missy Elliott, “Lady Marmalade”
2002      Eminem, “Without Me”
2003      Missy Elliott, “Work It”
2004      Outkast, “Hey Ya!”
2005      Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
2006      Panic! At the Disco, “I Write Sins no Tragedies”
2007      Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, “Umbrella”
2008      Britney Spears, “Piece of Me”
2009      Beyonce’, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
2010      Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
2011      Katy Perry, “Firework”
2012      Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
2013      Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
2014      Miley Cirus, “Wrecking Ball”
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