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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Hi all,

    I’m thinking about a story covering the biggest VMA upsets in history. I can think of a couple off the top of my head: “Lady Marmalade” over “Weapon of Choice,” Taylor Swift over Beyonce (can’t remember if that was an upset, per se, but it sure upset Kanye, so I think it’s worth including). What were some other jaw-droppers?

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    Nicki Minaj winning Best Female Video over Rihanna.

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    Mr Brightside
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    Taylor over Beyonce. It really was, PLUS it was an iconic momemt. You can’t really use any other example.

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    I remember being so shocked by Nicki Minaj winning Female Video. She was up with Rihanna (the favorite of the night that “only” won VOTY) and Katy Perry at the peak of her success and media support. Don’t really know why they decided to give her that one.

    The VMAs tend to have some shocks every now and then depending on who’s attending but mostly on categories without hype atm (like Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ or ‘Hotline Bling’ losing Male Video to ‘This Is What You Came For’). The hype categories are always so locked (like Taylor in 2015 and Beyonce in 2016).

    Taylor beating Bey in 2009 for me is interesting because they seemed to share the wealth that year with the pop girls so most of them could have their fans satisfied even though some fanbases could have swept that year. Bey won VOTY, Taylor won Female Video, Britney won Pop Video and Gaga won New Artist.

    One mistery for me is Miley Cyrus’ VOTY in 2014. Her only VMA to date. I mean, it made sense considering she had a good “original” video, had impact and success and she has many fans. Of course she knew she would win as seen by the prepared speech. But did people expect it? The hype was on Beyoncé (but she already had the vanguard) or Iggy, I guess. I didn’t follow that year’s edition but got really curious after her win.

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    Eurythmics winning best New Artist over Cyndi Lauper. That was huge… well Cyndy was nominated for 10 awards and she only got best Female artist.

    And the year Panic at the Disco! won best Video in 2006 was a shock. They won over Madonna “Hung Up”, Shakira and Wyclef “Hips dont lie” REd Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California” and Christina Aguilera…. Only a split vote can justify that

    Well 2006 was full of uspsets… Best new artist… Avenged Sevenfold over Rihanna “SOS”, James Blunt “you´re beautiful”

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    Panic! at the Disco beating Shakira, Madonna, Christina Aguilera and the Red Hot Chili Peppers for VOTY in 2006.

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    Some upsets for ME:

    * The Cars beating MJ’s “Thriller” for VOTY in 1984.

    * Neil Young winning VOTY in 1989 over Madonna (“Like a Prayer”) and MJ (9 nominations).

    * No Doubt winning Best Pop Video over Britney in 2004.

    * Alicia Keys (“Karma”) winning Best R&B Video over Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together”) in 2005.

    * P!nk winning Best Pop Video in 2006.

    * The tech winners in 2008 were mostly dark horses, I would say (Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, Death Cab).

    * Oh, and not sure if this counts, but Green Day getting shut out in 1995 despite having 9 nominations (while all other VOTY nominees got multiple awards).

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    This Note For You (Neil Young) over Express Yourself (Mandonna) in 1989 (Like A Prayer won the award for best video voted by the public). At the time Express Yourself was the most expensive video of all time, directed by David Fincher and won the most trophies that night but it lost the big one.

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    Of course, Katy Perry winning VOTY over Adele in 2011.

    That might be Katy’s only victory against Adele. LOL.

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    The Cars beating Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for Video of the Year in 1984.

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    Call it what you want but LWYMMD being snubbed in major categories is also the biggest upsets in VMA history

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    Lorde winning rock video.

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    Gaga being ignored since 2011.Her videos aren´t as good as before but still don´t deserve to be ignored,specially Applause

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    Christina Aguilera losing Best Female Video.

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    Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ winning best female video over Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ in 2012.

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