July 20, 2015 at 7:04 pm #411777
MTV has had an extensive history of getting things wrong. Most notably their exclusion of music videos from their network! However, the VMAs are another platform in which they seem to miss the mark. Especially when it comes to some bizarre wins over the years. Here are a few examples of where they dropped the ball….
Michael Jackson losing VOTY for “Thriller” in 1984.
This landmark video is often cited as one of the most influential of all-time. Yet it loses to the crumiest nominee in the bunch (The Cars – “You Might Think”). Go figure.
Dire Straits winning VOTY for “Money for Nothing” in 1986.
Oh gosh! What a dated music video. The graphics were awful then and look horrendous now. How could such a crap ass piece of work beat iconic vids like “Take on Me” or “Addicted to Love”? SMH.
Neil Young winning VOTY for “This Note’s for You” in 1989.
Young is obviously a Rock legend but he had no business winning VOTY over “Like a Prayer” or “Leave Me Alone”. This was his sole nomination that year which makes the win even more baffling.
Britney Spears losing everything for “Toxic” in 2004.
No matter who you talk to, “Toxic” is often considered Britney’s best video. It’s clear her personal life got in the way of votes. Which is ironic because she finally won in 2008 after years of tabloid press.
Avenged Sevenfold winning BNA for “Bat Country” in 2006.
Rock bands have had a long history of wins in BNA. However, who the hell are they? They beat out the likes of Rihanna, Chris Brown, the then relevant James Blunt, and Panic! at the Disco. Where are they now?
The entire 2007 VMA show debacle.
MTV has produced some crappy award show telecasts but this was by far the worst. The addition of new and unnecessary categories only enhanced the hot mess which began with the infamous “Gimme More” performance by the legendary Miss Spears.
The elimination of key cateogries like R&B Video, Group Video, Video from a Film, etc.
Speaking of categories, it’s a shame MTV no longer honors all genres of music. There was a time when artists like Jill Scott could receive exposure from VMA nods. *Sigh* those were the good ol days.
Tokio Hotel winning BNA for “Ready, Set, Go” in 2008
They faced stiff competition that year. Miley, Taylor, Katy, and Jason Derulo’s ex-girlfriend all lost to these real life anime characters. Are they still making music or …. ?
What are some of your picks for the worst VMA decisions in history? Discuss below.July 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm #411779
For me the three worst that I could think of off the top of my head are:
* The eliminations of Breakthrough Video (2006 and 2011) and Best Group Video (2007)
* Fatboy Slim winning everything but losing VOTY to “Lady Marmalade” (2001)
* The elimination of the International Viewer’s Choice Awards (I understand that they started disappearing because all the MTVs around the world started having their own awards shows, but many of those international awards shows are gone now… Instead of doing worldwide awards at the EMAs, they should’ve brought them back to the VMAs for some prestige.)July 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm #411780
– Justin Bieber winning 2 VMAs for Best New Artist (2010) and Best Male Video (2011), when the award should’ve gone to Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”
– Bruno Mars winning Best Male Video for “Locked Out of Heaven”, when that award clearly should’ve gone to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”
– MJ losing Video of the Year twice in 1984, 1989, and 1995. And losing Viewer’s Choice in 1989 and 1995.
– N’ Sync losing Best Pop Video to No Doubt in 2002.
– Eminem losing Best Hip-Hop Video to Drake in 2014
– JT’s “Mirrors” losing to Best Pop Video Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It” in 2013.
– Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” losing Best Rock Video to Lorde in 2014.
There’s a lot more.July 21, 2015 at 5:31 am #411781
Not that anybody should feel an outrage over this stupid awards show, but common, the worst thing ever has to be Britney Spears winning VOTY for that awful unworthy of anything video Piece of Me. It didn’t make any sense and the only thing that could even be close to being a logical reason is that her people paid for it to try, but not in million years succeed, to cover up her embarassing performance one or two years before, who knows when that was. Or to try and convince us that she was alright when it’s been obvious ever since that she’s everything but alright.
There’s nothing that has already been mentioned that looks as bad as that.July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am #411782
I think the elimination of certain categories is the worst IMO. I wish they would bring back R&B Video and Video From A Film. I don’t really care about Group Video being brought back because One Direction or any other boy band would win every year.July 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm #411783
Oh, I remembered another one: “My Humps” beating Common’s “Testify” for Best HIp-Hop Video in 2006 (and Common going home empty-handed that year). I mean…July 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm #411784
Elton John won Best Choreography in 1985 for “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” over “Material Girl”, “Like a Virgin”, “When Doves Cry”, “Private Dancer”, “The Glamorous Life”, and “Would I Lie to You?”.
As much as I love Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. album, she had no business winning Choreography for “Hollaback Girl” over J.Lo, Amerie, Missy Elliott, or My Chemical Romance.July 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm #411785
I’ll tell you what’s an outrage letting Miley Cyrus host the damn show.July 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm #411786
Michael Jackson losing VOTY for “Thriller” in 1984 and the elimination of key categories like R&B, Group, and Video from a Film.July 22, 2015 at 10:27 am #411787
We all know what Nicki Minaj’s biggest VMA outrage……..July 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm #411788
Britney Spears winning VOTY for that piece of crap video as a way to make up her previous losses to her.July 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm #411789
How about MTV still having a music awards show when they really don’t even play much music anymore?July 24, 2015 at 1:39 am #411790
Gotta go with Michael losing to The Cars. #2 would be Britney losing every award for “Toxic”. #3 would be the elimination of key categories. Luckily solace can be found knowing the voting body looked incredibly stupid on all three occasions.July 25, 2015 at 12:02 am #411791
Thriller & Take on Me losing VOTY.
Stronger losing VOTY.July 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm #411792
We all know what Nicki Minaj’s biggest VMA outrage……..
If Nicki Minaj wasn’t such a twat I would actually feel bad for her. “Anaconda” deserved a VOTY nomination. However, her response was totally uncalled for and makes her look like a spoiled brat.